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?
This book was okay. Not great, but not bad. It would have been so much better without all of the excess drama. I saw a lot of other people comment about how there was a crazy love thing going on, and like all of the other reviewers I agree that while a love triangle is bad, a love square is just so much worse.
As a whole the book was written well, very detailed and vivid. Sherry Ficklin really knows how to paint a picture.
Sophie as a character struck a nerve with me. She starts off as this kick-butt kinda girl, then all that strength and determination just goes POOF! I mean come on she is a prime example why princesses (well any single woman really) is never alone. And even after an assassination there are still times when the guards are gone. She would have been surrounded by guards the entire time she was there.
That was one of the few things that bugged me but I don’t want to spoil the book. But I will say one thing. I hope that a certain character dies very horribly in the next book.