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Empress Of The Night

by Eva Stachniak

Doubleday Canada | March 25, 2014 | Trade Paperback

Empress Of The Night is rated 4 out of 5 by 2.
The follow-up to the #1 bestseller The Winter Palace--perfect for the readers of Hilary Mantel and Alison Weir.
     Catherine the Great, the Romanov monarch reflects on her astonishing ascension to the throne, her leadership over the world''s greatest power, and the lives sacrificed to make her the most feared woman in the world--lives including her own...
     Catherine the Great muses on her life, her relentless battle between love and power, the country she brought into the glorious new century, and the bodies left in her wake. By the end of her life, she had accomplished more than virtually any other woman in history. She built and grew the Romanov empire, amassed a vast fortune of art and land, and controlled an unruly and conniving court. Now, in a voice both indelible and intimate, she reflects on the decisions that gained her the world and brought her enemies to their knees. And before her last breath, shadowed by the bloody French Revolution, she sets up the end game for her last political maneuver, ensuring her successor and the greater glory of Russia.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.17 × 6.33 × 1.1 in

Published: March 25, 2014

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385666586

ISBN - 13: 9780385666589

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A novel of the legendary Catherine the Great Author Eva Stachniak has written a sequel to The Winter Palace, her first novel about Catherine the Great. The novel is told in present tense in Catherine's own point of view as the great empress lays dying and reflects upon her life.  She has suffered a massive stroke and death is imminent and near. The author did a wonderful job of getting deep into Catherine's head - her thoughts, her desires, her emotions. There is a strong focus on her relationships with her children and grandchildren, what brought her joy, and what she regrets. As always, the research is thorough, along with wonderful descriptions of the era's clothing, sights, and smells.   The story is presented in flashback mode, flitting back and forth between various points in her life in no chronological order. As a reader, I found this novel's focus challenging to understand and follow. Because of this, I highly recommend readers read The Winter Palace first to get a stronger grip on the storyline. For lovers of Catherine the Great and her impact on history, Eva Stachniak's novels are a great way to begin learning about this fascinating woman of history.
Date published: 2014-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Empress of Night by Eva Stachniak This is the intriguing second novel in Eva Stachniak's series of books about Catherine the Great. Whereas the first book, The Winter Palace, was narrated by Catherine's maid, Varvara, this companion book is narrated by Catherine herself, amplifying the fascinating story of her rise to power in 19th-century Russia. 
Date published: 2014-02-26

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Empress Of The Night

by Eva Stachniak

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.17 × 6.33 × 1.1 in

Published: March 25, 2014

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385666586

ISBN - 13: 9780385666589

From the Publisher

The follow-up to the #1 bestseller The Winter Palace--perfect for the readers of Hilary Mantel and Alison Weir.
     Catherine the Great, the Romanov monarch reflects on her astonishing ascension to the throne, her leadership over the world''s greatest power, and the lives sacrificed to make her the most feared woman in the world--lives including her own...
     Catherine the Great muses on her life, her relentless battle between love and power, the country she brought into the glorious new century, and the bodies left in her wake. By the end of her life, she had accomplished more than virtually any other woman in history. She built and grew the Romanov empire, amassed a vast fortune of art and land, and controlled an unruly and conniving court. Now, in a voice both indelible and intimate, she reflects on the decisions that gained her the world and brought her enemies to their knees. And before her last breath, shadowed by the bloody French Revolution, she sets up the end game for her last political maneuver, ensuring her successor and the greater glory of Russia.

About the Author

EVA STACHNIAK was born in Wroclaw, Poland. She came to Canada in 1981 and has worked for Radio Canada International and Sheridan College, where she taught English and humanities. She is the author of the acclaimed debut Necessary Lies, of Garden of Venus and of the bestselling first novel in her Catherine the Great series, The Winter Palace. Stachniak lives in Toronto, where she is at work on her next novel. Visit her at evastachniak.com.

Editorial Reviews

“Structurally complex and psychologically intense, Empress of the Night aims for Hilary Mantel. Stachniak’s writing is distinct, however, especially in vivid descriptions of sensory details: perfume, sweat, and the click of heels on polished floors.”
—Quill & Quire
 
“Empress of the Night
, which emerges through a series of vignettes that shift back and forth in time. A consistent strength of both books is Stachniak’s unfailing attention to detail, whether describing the pain of childbirth or the manner of a courtier’s behaviour and appearance.”
—National Post

“Stachniak''s latest novel is an intimate look at the private life of Catherine the Great, and readers of the genre who like lush and richly detailed historical fiction will likely approve.”
—Winnipeg Free Press

“It’s an amazing tale, all the more so for being true.”
—Calgary Herald

“This fun novel of lovers, intrigue and malicious and manipulative nobility keeps readers entrhalled with every page, from Catherine’s precarious beginning to her surprising ascension to the throne.”
—Virtuoso Life Magazine


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