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Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the throne of Russia—at any cost.
Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic, and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens to derail her plans.
Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.
In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Clean Teen Publishing and NetGalley.)
Sophia is going to Russia with her mother as a potential bride for the Empress’s son Peter, although she is bound to have competition.
Can Sophia win Peter? And does she really want to?
Let me just start by telling you that I know very little history, and therefore have no idea how factually correct this book is. That being said, this was an enjoyable story, and I loved Sophia’s little deception at the end!
Sophia was a real kick-ass girl in disguise. While her mother tried to fob her off, and get her married for status, Sophia spent her time more productively on knowledge and physical skills, to the extent that she was able to cleverly plan her moves, and defend herself when necessary; skills that served her well!
The storyline in this was pretty good. It did have a bit of a feel of ‘The Selection’ to it, with several girls all competing for one prince, and there was a little bit of politics in there, but thankfully not enough that I was bored (I don’t like politics). I loved the way that Sophia was able to manipulate a situation to her advantage though, even if some of her decisions were not good ideas at all.
There was some romance, although it developed into a love square? Let’s just say that there were a lot of different potential couples in this book, and it was a little complicated at times!
The ending was really good. Sophia’s deception at the end was just brilliant, and I really want to read the next book in the series to find out what happens now!
Overall; clever little historical romance,
7 out of 10.