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Perfect for readers of Hilary Mantel, Alison Weir, and Philippa
Gregory, Empress of the Night is Eva Stachniak’s engrossing new
novel, told in the voice of Catherine the Great as the Romanov
monarch reflects on her ascension to the throne, her rule over
the world’s greatest power, and the sacrifices that made her the
most feared and commanding woman of her time.
A critically acclaimed historical drama and instant #1
international bestseller, The Winter Palace brilliantly
reimagined the rise of Catherine the Great through the watchful
eyes of her clever servant Varvara. Now, in Eva Stachniak’s
enthralling new novel, Catherine takes center stage as she
relives her astonishing ascension to the throne, her rule over an
empire, and the sacrifices that made her the most feared and
commanding woman of her time.
As the book opens, the charismatic monarch is in her final
hours. From the fevered depths of her mind, Catherine recalls the
fateful trajectory of her turbulent life: her precarious
apprenticeship as Russia’s Grand Duchess, the usurpers who seek
to deprive her of a crown, the friends who beg more of her than
she was willing to give, and her struggle to know whom to trust
and whom to deceive to ensure her survival.
“We quarrel about power, not about love,” Catherine would write
to the great love of her life, Grigory Potemkin, but her days
were balanced on the razor’s edge of choosing her head over her
heart. Power, she learns, is about resolve, strategy, and
direction; love must sometimes be secondary as she marshals all
her strengths to steer her volatile country into a new century
and beyond—to grow the Romanov empire, to amass a vast fortune,
and to control a scheming court in order to become one of
history’s greatest rulers.
Gorgeously written with vivid detail and lyrical prose, Empress
of the Night is an intensely intimate novel of a woman in charge
of her fortunes, who must navigate the sorrows, triumphs, and
hopes of both her soul and a nation.
Praise for Empress of the Night
“[Eva] Stachniak’s absorbing novel opens readers’ hearts to an
extraordinary and misunderstood woman. . . . Wonderfully,
lyrically written, Stachniak’s story vibrates with passion, drama
and intrigue. This is a feast for fans.”—RT Book Reviews
“Stachniak’s insight into the opulent lives of Russia’s rulers
continues in this reflective second novel. . . . Historical
fiction fans will appreciate this personal account of a
formidable and, indeed, infamous ruler.”—Library Journal
“The book takes on a dreamlike quality. . . . Ambitious . . .
moving . . . structurally complex and psychologically intense . .
. vivid descriptions.”—Quill & Quire
“Stachniak brings to life one of the most fascinating—and
controversial—female rulers of all time.”—DuJour
“Empress of the Night casts light on Catherine’s life with
unflinching honesty and intimacy. This fun novel of lovers,
intrigue, and malicious and manipulative nobility keeps readers
enthralled with every page.”—Virtuoso Life