Empress of the Night
Catherine the Great, the Romanov monarch reflects on her astonishing ascension to the throne, her leadership over the world's greatest power, and the lives sacrificed to make her the most feared woman in the world--lives including her own...
Catherine the Great muses on her life, her relentless battle between love and power, the country she brought into the glorious new century, and the bodies left in her wake. By the end of her life, she had accomplished more than virtually any other woman in history. She built and grew the Romanov empire, amassed a vast fortune of art and land, and controlled an unruly and conniving court. Now, in a voice both indelible and intimate, she reflects on the decisions that gained her the world and brought her enemies to their knees. And before her last breath, shadowed by the bloody French Revolution, she sets up the end game for her last political maneuver, ensuring her successor and the greater glory of Russia.
“Structurally complex and psychologically intense, Empress of the Night aims for Hilary Mantel. Stachniak’s writing is distinct, however, especially in vivid descriptions of sensory details: perfume, sweat, and the click of heels on polished floors.”
—Quill & Quire
“Empress of the Night, which emerges through a series of vignettes that shift back and forth in time. A consistent strength of both books is Stachniak’s unfailing attention to detail, whether describing the pain of childbirth or the manner of a courtier’s behaviour and appearance.”
“Stachniak's latest novel is an intimate look at the private life of Catherine the Great, and readers of the genre who like lush and richly detailed historical fiction will likely approve.”
—Winnipeg Free Press
“It’s an amazing tale, all the more so for being true.”
“This fun novel of lovers, intrigue and malicious and manipulative nobility keeps readers entrhalled with every page, from Catherine’s precarious beginning to her surprising ascension to the throne.”
—Virtuoso Life Magazine