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Thursday, September 1, 2011

New Book Alert - The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak

When I saw this book I knew that I absolutely have to read this when it comes out...several months from now.  I loved reading about Catherine the Great when I was in school and read Catherine Called Birdie by Karen Cushman.  Check out this upcoming release on Catherine-
The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great
By Eva Stachniak
Hardcover, 464 pages
ISBN: 978-0-553-80812-4
January 10, 2010

Book Blurb:
From award-winning author Eva Stachniak comes this passionate novel that illuminates, as only fiction can, the early life of one of history’s boldest women. The Winter Palace tells the epic story of Catherine the Great’s improbable rise to power—as seen through the ever-watchful eyes of an all-but-invisible servant close to the throne. 
Her name is Barbara—in Russian, Varvara. Nimble-witted and attentive, she’s allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world’s most eminent court. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listen—and to wait for opportunity. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great. Sophie’s destiny at court is to marry the Empress’s nephew, but she has other, loftier, more dangerous ambitions, and she proves to be more guileful than she first appears. 
What Sophie needs is an insider at court, a loyal pair of eyes and ears who knows the traps, the conspiracies, and the treacheries that surround her. Varvara will become Sophie’s confidante—and together the two young women will rise to the pinnacle of absolute power.

With dazzling details and intense drama, Eva Stachniak depicts Varvara’s secret alliance with Catherine as the princess grows into a legend—through an enforced marriage, illicit seductions, and, at last, the shocking coup to assume the throne of all of Russia.

Impeccably researched and magnificently written, The Winter Palace is an irresistible peek through the keyhole of one of history’s grandest tales.

Copyright © 2011 by The Maiden’s Court


  1. This does look like a great read- thanks for posting about it!

  2. This looks so good! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Oh looks good to me too. Thanks Heather :)

  4. Anne, Siobian, Jenny - I have always wanted to read more about Catherine the Great. This ARC actually just arrived at my house today from Amazon Vine - very excited!


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