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    Great build, weak ending.

    The story begins well, as the author ably depicts the tone of the Russian Court from the point-of-view of a young courtier on the rise. Fictional elements are smoothly interwoven with historical figures and events. However, the latter 20% of the book lacks momentum, taking what seems an awfully long time to get to the point. The resolution is somewhat anti-climactic in contrast to a skillful building of tension in the first part of the book. It's probably worth a read if you like historical fiction, but be prepared for the story to fizzle out when it gets to Catherine's famous power-grab.
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    The winter palace

    Excellent quite different intriging well done. Anything on Russia is a novelty and educational to me
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    Expecting More

    As a lover of historical fiction, and having recently finished Wolf Hall and Bringing Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantell, I was looking forward to immersing myself in the grand times of the Russian Court of the late seventeen hundreds and in the life of the Empress Catherine. I was disappointed! This novel focussed mainly on the court of the Empress Elizabeth and little on that of Catherine although she featured heavily in all of its intrigue. The novel was told from the perspective of a character who was a spy. Her take on events added little to our understanding of the times or the intricacies of political life. The themes seemed small, the action moved slowly and the characters were not well developed. Perhaps the author's sequel on the subject will be more interesting.
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    Great historical read!

    By seeing Catherine the great through another's eyes from girlhood to empress is a masterful stroke. Looking forward to the serial.
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    The Winter Palace

    Good story interesting twists some troublr with the Russian and Polish words
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