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Sherry Ficklin
Stolen Empire
careful, Princess. When waging a war of the heart, you must only fight if you
are absolutely sure you can win.”

Queen of Someday

Before she can become the greatest empress in history, fifteen-year-old Sophie
will have to survive her social-climbing mother’s quest to put her on the
throne of Russia—at any cost.

Imperial Court holds dangers like nothing Sophie has ever faced before. In the
heart of St. Petersburg, surviving means navigating the political, romantic,
and religious demands of the bitter Empress Elizabeth and her handsome, but
sadistic nephew, Peter. Determined to save her impoverished family—and
herself—Sophie vows to do whatever is necessary to thrive in her new
surroundings. But an attempt on her life and an unexpected attraction threatens
to derail her plans.

Alone in a new and dangerous world, learning who to trust and who to charm may
mean the difference between becoming queen and being sent home in shame to
marry her lecherous uncle. With traitors and murderers lurking around every
corner, her very life hangs in the balance. Betrothed to one man but falling in
love with another, Sophie will need to decide how much she’s willing to
sacrifice in order to become the empress she is destined to be.

In a battle for the soul of a nation, will love or destiny reign supreme?
Queen of Tomorrow
Sophie—now Catherine, Grand
Duchess of Russia—had a tough first year at Imperial Court. Married at sixteen
to Grand Duke Peter, heir to the throne, and settled in their own palace,
things are finally looking up. As a new day dawns, she thinks only of securing
her future, and the future of their country, during one of the greatest
political upheavals of her time. Fighting desperately against forces trying to
depose the Empress Elizabeth and put the young Prince Ivan on her throne,
Sophie soon finds herself in the middle of a war brewing between her beloved
Prussia, and her new empire. But even as she navigates the fragile political
landscape, she quickly realizes that she has only begun to discover the tangled
web of deceit and infidelity woven over the lavish court of Oranienbaum Palace.
When a strange and delicate
alliance forms between the young couple, she glimpses a future of happiness,
only to see it lost in a moment at the hands of those who still seek to end her
life—and prevent her reign. Out of favor with the empress and running out of
options, Sophie will have to sacrifice her own innocence on the altar of Russia
if she is to save the nation, and herself. To survive, she will have to do the
unthinkable, betray those closest to her and become something greater and more
dangerous than she ever imagined she could be… a queen.
Queen of Always

If her time at court has taught Catherine anything, it’s that there is no room
for weakness in Imperial Russia. With the Empress’ health failing and rumors of
a change in the line of succession, her place in the royal line is once more in
jeopardy. Tormented by her sadistic husband and his venomous mistress,
Catherine must once more walk the fine line between pleasure and
politics—between scandal and survival.

When her young son becomes the target of those rebelling against Peter’s reign,
Catherine will have to rise up to protect herself, her child, and her nation
from his unstable and potentially catastrophic rule. This means putting herself
at odds with the most dangerous man she’s ever known, trusting those who once
proved to be her enemies, and turning a nation against its sovereign. In the
ultimate battle for the crown, new alliances will be forged, loyalties will be
tested, and blood will be shed.

Don’t miss this breathtaking conclusion to the Stolen Empire series!

Queen of Tomorrow is a YA historical fiction based on the life of young
Catherine the Great. Fans of the hit TV show REIGN will devour this scandalous
glimpse into the life of one of the most dynamic women in history. 


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