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Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite
What a read, what a read, what a read! That’s all I can say after finishing Queen of Tomorrow, the second book in the Stolen Empire series by author Sherry D. Ficklin. Follow the story of Sophie, now Catherine, the Grand Duchess of Russia, through the early parts of her marriage to Grand Duke Peter, the heir to the Russian throne, and the early part of her life as a royal in Russia. Peter and Catherine have settled into their own palace, and their attention has turned to securing the future of their country. Catherine’s beloved Prussia is at risk, and with it, she is as well. Peter and Catherine have reached a delicate understanding, perhaps even bordering on a fondness for one another, but even that is put at risk with one vile act. Will Catherine survive long enough to reach a true peace with Peter, maybe even a happy future, or will her life be ended by those determined that she will never rule?
Queen of Tomorrow is simply a fantastic read. Over the past few years, I have found myself to be more and more drawn to fiction marketed towards young adults, not because I don’t have the ability to read more sophisticated works, but simply because I feel the young adult genre is where some of the most well-written, creative and wonderful works are right now. And this book certainly did not disappoint me. Author Sherry D. Ficklin has done a masterful job of writing an engaging and exciting piece of historical fiction and I simply could not put this book down once I started it. Queen of Tomorrow would appeal to any lover of great historical fiction, young adult or not, and I am very pleased to highly recommend it.