A breathtaking, devestating transformation in Queen of Always

November 4, 2015 Reviews 12

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
A breathtaking, devestating transformation in Queen of AlwaysQueen of Always by Sherry D. Ficklin
Series: Stolen Empire #3
Published by Clean Teen Publishing on September 15, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Romance
Pages: 280
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

If her time at court has taught Catherine anything, it’s that there is no room for weakness in Imperial Russia. With the Empress’ health failing and rumors of a change in the line of succession, her place in the royal line is once more in jeopardy. Tormented by her sadistic husband and his venomous mistress, Catherine must once more walk the fine line between pleasure and politics—between scandal and survival.

When her young son becomes the target of those rebelling against Peter’s reign, Catherine will have to rise up to protect herself, her child, and her nation from his unstable and potentially catastrophic rule. This means putting herself at odds with the most dangerous man she’s ever known, trusting those who once proved to be her enemies, and turning a nation against its sovereign. In the ultimate battle for the crown, new alliances will be forged, loyalties will be tested, and blood will be shed.

Don’t miss this breathtaking conclusion to the Stolen Empire series!

Queen of Tomorrow is a YA historical fiction based on the life of young Catherine the Great. Fans of the hit TV show REIGN will devour this scandalous glimpse into the life of one of the most dynamic women in history.

I knew we were going to see an all new, fiercer side of Sophie – Catherine now – in Queen of Always but I was not prepared for how intense Queen of Always would be. Catherine is playing multiple, very dangerous, politcal games and she’s playing them well. But she’s on the brink of getting into serious trouble so often that I just couldn’t put Queen of Always down. There were several times where I said “one more chapter” and read for another hour. If I didn’t have a job (boo!) this would have easily been a one sitting read.

The strength and power that Catherine weilds in Queen of Always is almost enough by itself to make this a killer read. But the danger, coupled with the relationships and sacrifice that Catherine puts herself through are what take it to the next level. She’s so committed to her role as Queen – more so than any other role. She’s a mother, wife, lover, friend – but first and foremost she’s the woman who will be Queen and I was constantly amazed at the way she emodied that role. Sherry Ficklin did such a good job showing the sacrifice it takes to be a ruler and no matter how often I cheered for Catherine, I was also always a bit sad for her. Yes, she’s one hell of a political schemer and force to be reckoned with, but she’s also a young woman givig away her entire life for that role.

To say that this last book was intense at times is an understatement. It would also be an understatement to say that it wasn’t at times very bittersweet. I cheered for Catherine, while weeping for Sophie. The two names are so appropriate, because Sophie – the girl with dreams of happiness and family and had innocence – was no where in this book. She’s Catherine now and that transformation was both incredible and devestating to read. Definitely a five star read and I’m going to be rereading this trilogy many times, I have no doubt.
5 stars Flipping Fantastic

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About Sherry D. Ficklin

Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.


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12 Responses to “A breathtaking, devestating transformation in Queen of Always”

  1. Brandee Price

    I really must check out this series. Jax read a biography of Catherine and he talked to me about it while reading…so much in your review seems familiar to me that I know Ficklin did a fantastic job with the historical aspects. That you’re willing to spend time re-reading it says a lot about the appeal of how this story is conveyed. I’ll move it up in the queue, Berls! 🙂
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    • Berls

      I don’t know much about Catherine the Great, I’d be curious to know how much was accurate. In her author’s note she does say that she’s taken a lot of creative license – so I imagine someone who knows her life well would take issue. You’ll just have to read it and let me know 😉

    • Berls

      This actually the third and final 🙂 all three were great and I read them all super quickly. Definitely recommend them!

    • Berls

      Now that the trilogy is finished, I’d just pick them up for a weekend and do a binge read. They’re so fast and addicting – you’d easily devour them 🙂

    • Berls

      It’s so good – I devoured all three books. I know I’ll reread, which I don’t do often. Definitely recommend 🙂

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