Thursday, 10 December 2015

Queen of Tomorrow by Sherry D Ficklin

Title: Queen of Tomorrow
Series: Stolen Empire (#2)
Author: Sherry D Ficklin
From: Netgalley
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: 14th July 2015
Challenges: 2015 New Release Challenge, 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2015 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Since coming to Court, Sophie has become Catherine, the woman she needs to be. Though her husband views her with nothing but contempt and the Empress blows hot and cold in the wind, Catherine has the support of her lover Sergei to keep her going. But when her husband Peter gets ill, plots thicken and Catherine finds herself in an even more precarious situation than ever...

I'll start by mentioned that Ficklin says in her afterword that she has taken great liberties with the order of historical events and how they fit into Sophie/Catherine's life. So if you are looking for an accurate story based on Catherine the Great, then this is probably not the right book for you. I know next to nothing about Russian history at all, and so found it easy to be swept away into Catherine's world (even if it isn't all true!)

I can see why the previous book (Queen of Someday) stopped where it did. The Catherine in Queen of Tomorrow is very different, more jaded and more experienced and it is a marked difference from her more Sophie like state. Saying that there were moments where her old self crept in, particularly when she was alone with Sergei, but also some of her thoughts towards Peter.

Peter was an interesting character. I've never found him particularly likable, and yet Catherine's inner monologue actually thought kindly towards him and wanted things to be good between them. It actually softened him as a character, or at least until certain events that left me horrified.

Catherine likes to play politics in Queen of Tomorrow, and is actually pretty good at it. I enjoyed her plotting and scheming to keep the people she loved alive, as well as for gaining power herself. I thought the author did a wonderful job of presenting a fragmented Court where three allegiances were possible and there were plots within plots. It truly brought the world to life.

This was a fantastic read, though I wasn't expecting any less after reading Queen of Someday, and to top it off it has a stunning cover (as does the third book Queen of Always!)