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Tsarina

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

 
 
"Makes Game of Thrones look like a nursery rhyme." Daisy Goodwin, New York Times bestselling author of The Fortune Hunter

“[Alpsten] recounts this remarkable woman’s colourful life and times."
Count Nikolai Tolstoy, historian and author

Before there was Catherine the Great, there was Catherine Alexeyevna: the first woman to rule Russia in her own right. Ellen Alpsten's rich, sweeping debut novel is the story of her rise to power.


St. Petersburg, 1725. Peter the Great lies dying in his magnificent Winter Palace. The weakness and treachery of his only son has driven his father to an appalling act of cruelty and left the empire without an heir. Russia risks falling into chaos. Into the void steps the woman who has been by his side for decades: his second wife, Catherine Alexeyevna, as ambitious, ruthless and passionate as Peter himself.

Born into devastating poverty, Catherine used her extraordinary beauty and shrewd intelligence to ingratiate herself with Peter’s powerful generals, finally seducing the Tsar himself. But even amongst the splendor and opulence of her new life—the lavish feasts, glittering jewels, and candle-lit hours in Peter’s bedchamber—she knows the peril of her position. Peter’s attentions are fickle and his rages powerful; his first wife is condemned to a prison cell, her lover impaled alive in Red Square. And now Catherine faces the ultimate test: can she keep the Tsar’s death a secret as she plays a lethal game to destroy her enemies and take the Crown for herself?

From the sensuous pleasures of a decadent aristocracy, to the incense-filled rites of the Orthodox Church and the terror of Peter’s torture chambers, the intoxicating and dangerous world of Imperial Russia is brought to vivid life. Tsarina is the story of one remarkable woman whose bid for power would transform the Russian Empire.

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 (High/Low)
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

July 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tsarina: 'Makes Game of Thrones look like a nursery rhyme' - Daisy Goodwin
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
ISBN: 1-5266-0644-5 / 978-1-5266-0644-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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April 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tsarina: 'Makes Game of Thrones look like a nursery rhyme' - Daisy Goodwin (High/Low)
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
ISBN: 1-5266-0643-7 / 978-1-5266-0643-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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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
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November 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Tsarina: A Novel
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
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July 2020 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Tsarina: Tsarina, Book 1
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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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
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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
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May 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Tsarina: 'Makes Game of Thrones look like a nursery rhyme' - Daisy Goodwin (High/Low)
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU