3 thoughts on “Star of the North

  1. This historical novel is written like a romance – a bad one. The thing I like about good historical fiction is that it should immerse you in a time and place. The real historical figures and the fictional creations should feel equally real. This novel was not good historical fiction. Catherine the Great is flat and somewhat boring, and the author seems more interested in her various love affairs, than the affairs d’etat of the Russian Empire. Overall, the book reads like a romance novel – and no

  2. Star of the North covers Catherine the Great’s early years, from her arrival in Russia in 1744 to her coronation in 1762. We begin with Empress Elizabeth Petrovna selecting Sophie Augusta Fredericka, soon to be Grand Duchess Catherine Alexeievna, to wed her nephew and heir, Peter, the Grand Duke of Holstein. It ends after her coronation with her starting her first day governing Russia, addressing her senate, “Gentlemen, let us begin”. In between, there is her marriage to Peter, her first three l

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    My hardback cover.

    First sentence (typos cleaned up!) Only the rhythmic ticking of the jewelled clock on the marble mantel disturbed the stillness of the room as the Empress studied the painting of the young girl whose likeness had been captured in delicate enamelled brush strokes.

    The Grand Duke’s behaviour is as hard to grasp as Branwell Brontë’s and you get that slash music moment from Psycho when Catherine spots the young Paul playing with his toy soldiers, bearing a visage that proves he is h

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