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?
Having seen the reviews from Bob and Sara, I had high expectations from this book. I was worried that would make it difficult to read it. I'm glad I was wrong.
I started it and finished it the same day. It's been a while since I've done that. I had a difficult time putting it down. The story was just so captivating.
One thing I didn't much care for was how fickle her emotions seemed between three of the different characters. Especially before the halfway mark. There were a few times I wanted to smack her upside her head and tell her to stop acting like a stupid head.
Other than that, it was freaking awesome. I may or may not have cackled at a certain part toward the end. It was great! I had to read it a few times, just because I enjoyed it so much. I cannot wait for the next book! Oct. 2015 is much too far away.