Queen of Tomorrow (Stolen Empire Book 2) by Sherry D. Ficklin
**I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review**
With power and societal position, comes heartache and pain. No one knows that better than Sophie, or as she is now known, Catherine The Great. When she became The Grand Duchess of Russia, she never imagined how much she could change in the short time since she married the Empress of Russia’s nephew Peter. Her every move is controlled and contained – not allowed to dress or eat without the assistance of her maids, but she’s also under the thumb of the powerful and oppressive Empress of Russia – who’s heart has become hardened to love and feeling. Catherine’s goal now is to bear a child who is to be the heir to the throne – but seeing as Peter has not so much as touched her since their nuptials; it’s making it difficult for Catherine to proceed with her intended purpose. Especially has Peter is more inclined to spend his time with his mistress Elizzavetta. But Catherine has a secret weapon in her pocket, in the form of her beloved Sergi. As Catherine slips deeper and deeper into the monarchy and comes to see what being a royal is all about, the only thing that keeps her feet rooted in the palace is the knowledge that by doing so, she has the ability to make some real changes – but with family such as Catherine’s, who needs enemies?
I LOVE how Ms. Ficklin is able to so seamlessly mesh the true history of Catherine The Great, but still add in saucy details that feel so real, even if they are from Ms. Ficklin’s imagination. The strength that Catherine exhibits should be mirrored by young girls today – even though she had no one, she had everyone right where she wanted them; poised to strike when the opportunity arose. A terrific combination of brains and beauty, Catherine’s story has surely never been told with such creativity and power has it does through Ms. Ficklin’s words. I am looking forward to September to see how Catherine brings the Russian Empire to its knees!