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Tsarina
Released the same day as the standard print edition
Title:
Tsarina
Series:
Tsarina #1
Written by:
Ellen Alpsten 
Read by:
Anna Krippa 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
16 
Duration:
18 hours 35 minutes 
Published:
May 14 2020 
Available Date:
May 14 2020 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9780655668749 
Genres:
Fiction; Historical Fiction 
Publisher:
Bolinda audio 
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Debut novel

'This is the ultimate Cinderella story of an illiterate peasant girl who becomes the empress of Russia. It makes Game of Thrones look like a nursery rhyme.'
Daisy Goodwin

Lover, murder, mother, Tsarina. Memoirs of a Geisha meets Game of Thrones in this page-turning epic charting the extraordinary rags-to-riches tale of the most powerful woman history ever forgot.

Spring 1690: Illegitimate and destitute and strikingly beautiful, Marta has survived the brutal Russian winter in her remote Baltic village. Sold by her family into household labour at the age of 15, Marta befriends a maid who kills herself after being repeatedly raped by their master. The next night, he comes for her. A world away, Russia’s new ruler, Peter the Great, passionate and iron-willed, has a vision for transforming the traditionalist Tsardom of Russia into a modern, Western empire. Countless lives will be lost in the process. Forced to go on the run with her terrible secret, Marta cheats death at every turn, finding work as a washerwoman at a battle camp. One night at a celebration, she encounters Peter himself. Relying on her wits and her formidable courage, fuelled by ambition, desire and the sheer will to live, Marta will become Catherine I of Russia. But her rise to the top is ridden with peril; how long will she survive the machinations of Peter’s court, and more importantly, Peter himself?

'Tsarina is luscious. As detailed as the jewels and enamel inlay on the creations of Faberge, Ellen Alpsten writes the story of Catherine Alexeyevna, born poor with a lust for power and riches, who sets her mind to achieve both, and sets in motion all that will follow in Russian history, including the reign of Catherine the Great.'
Adriana Trigiani