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Review: The Winter Palace

Here ends my six-month journey with this book. I am usually a mega fast reader but this is what happens with historical fiction. I always take my time.

The Winter Palace tells the epic story of Catherine the Great’s improbable rise to power—as seen through the ever-watchful eyes of an all-but-invisible servant close to the throne, Varvara.

11149173COVER: Although it is not a very distinct or captivated cover, it matches the story well. Everyone who has information about Catherine The Great knows that this is exactly what she would wear and actually used to wear.

PLOT: Now here’s the problem with this book. The synopsis doesn’t tell us what’s really going on here. It is misleading. This book doesn’t focus on Catherine all that much, until like 300 pages in. Even when it does it’s focused on her childhood and not reign. A few glimpses here and there but nothing much.

FLOW: The story is slow-paced and goes smoothly.

WRITING: Eva Stachniak’s writing is not extraordinary but it is captivating. That’s good enough to me.

Positive Points:

  1. Catherine The Great
  2. Catherine The Great
  3. … Catherine The Great? Get my point.

Negative Points:

  1. Superficial story telling; although this was done in order to pave the way for the second book.
  2. Lifeless ending. Did Varvara get tired of story telling and just shut the door to our faces?

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ three chilly stars. The Winter Palace, get it? Hahah *looks arounds*… I’m leaving now.


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