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Tsarina

(2020)
(The first book in the Tsarina series)
A novel by

 
 
SHORTLISTED FOR THE AUTHOR'S CLUB BEST FIRST NOVEL AWARD
SHORTLISTED FOR THE HWA DEBUT CROWN

'It makes Game of Thrones look like a nursery rhyme' - Daisy Goodwin


Lover, mother, murderer, Tsarina


1699: Illegitimate, destitute and strikingly beautiful, Marta is sold into labour at the age of fifteen - where in desperation she commits a crime that will force her to go on the run. Cheating death at every turn, she is swept into the current of the Great Northern War. Working as a washer woman at a battle camp, she catches the eye of none other than Peter the Great. Passionate and iron-willed, Peter has a vision for transforming the traditionalist Tsardom of Russia into a modern, Western empire.

With nothing but wits, courage and formidable ambition, Marta will rise from nothing to become Catherine I of Russia. But it comes at a steep price and is tied to the destiny of Russia itself.


Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Astonishing...the ultimate Cinderella story." - Daisy Goodwin

"Intrigue, rivalry, and sumptuous decadence leap to vivid life in this fascinating story of Peter the Great’s second wife...conjuring the gorgeous marble of the Winter Palace and deprivation of Russia in the 18th century, the perilous ascent to power of the first woman to rule as empress is a gripping and unforgettable journey." - C W Gortner

"Luscious…Alpsten has clearly done some brilliant research. It reads like Game of Thrones without the dragons." - Natasha Pulley

"Tsarina should come with a health warning - once you start reading, it’s impossible to stop." - Hannah Rothschild

"[Alpsten] recounts this remarkable woman’s colourful life and times." - Nikolai Tolstoy

"As detailed as the jewels and enamel inlay on the creations of Faberge...[a] crisp, elegant fictional account of history, woven with emotion and brio." - Adriana Trigiani


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Hardback Editions

November 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Tsarina: A Novel
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
ISBN: 1-250-21443-2 / 978-1-250-21443-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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May 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: Tsarina: 'Makes Game of Thrones look like a nursery rhyme' - Daisy Goodwin (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
ISBN: 1-5266-0641-0 / 978-1-5266-0641-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Paperback Editions

January 2023 : USA Paperback
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Title: Tsarina: A Novel
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
ISBN: 1-250-21444-0 / 978-1-250-21444-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Availability: Amazon CA   


June 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tsarina: 'Makes Game of Thrones look like a nursery rhyme' - Daisy Goodwin (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
ISBN: 1-5266-0644-5 / 978-1-5266-0644-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


April 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tsarina: 'Makes Game of Thrones look like a nursery rhyme' - Daisy Goodwin (Bloomsbury Publishing)
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
ISBN: 1-5266-0643-7 / 978-1-5266-0643-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

November 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Tsarina: A Novel
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
ISBN: 1-250-76997-3 / 978-1-250-76997-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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November 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Tsarina: A Novel
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon   


November 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Tsarina: A Novel
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


July 2020 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Tsarina: Tsarina, Book 1
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon AU   


July 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Tsarina: Tsarina, Book 1
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Availability: Amazon UK   


May 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Tsarina: 1
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
ISBN: 0-655-66874-8 / 978-0-655-66874-9
Publisher: Bolinda audio
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


May 2020 : Audio CD
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Title: Tsarina: 1
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
ISBN: 0-655-66875-6 / 978-0-655-66875-6
Publisher: Bolinda audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

November 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Tsarina: A Novel
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


May 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Tsarina: 'Makes Game of Thrones look like a nursery rhyme' - Daisy Goodwin
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU