Queen of Tomorrow by Sherry D. Ficklin

July 10th, 2015 kimbacaffeinate Review 69 Comments

10th Jul
Queen of Tomorrow  by Sherry D. Ficklin
Queen of Tomorrow
by Sherry D. Ficklin
Series: Stolen Empire #2
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Genres: Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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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 Tomorrow is the second book in the Stolen Empire by Sherry D. Ficklin and it rocked its predecessor as Ficklin began Catherine’s transformation. With it the tone of this trilogy darkens and in a word is was brilliant. Set in Russia and loosely based on a young Catharine the Great I found myself swept up as Catherine navigated the Imperial Court.

Catherine is now the Grand Duchess of Russia and wed to Peter the Grand Duke. Under the ever-watchful eye of the Empress, Catherine must navigate the courts, appease the Empress, and watch as her husband openly taunts his mistress. Ficklin skillfully draws us back into the story as it picks up right where the Queen of Someday ended. She has this wonderful ability to lure the reader into her story and make them care about the characters.

Watching Catherine create allies, spread her wings and find love all while suffering held me spellbound. I found myself cheering for this clever young woman. While it is true that Ficklin took, liberties particularly with the time line, her interpretation of Catherine the Great only made me eager to learn more about this period in history.

Oranienbaum Palace and Winter Place were both beautifully described and one would think with all the celebrations, gowns and gaiety that these would be fairy tale places to live. Nothing could be further from the truth because behind corridors, there is drama, political maneuvering, backstabbing and power plays. No one is safe; especially with the unrest in Prussia, England and Australia.

Catherine endures more than most could handle throughout Queen of Tomorrow and each scar is like armor making her strong, smarter and wiser. She must control Peter, appease the Queen, gain allies and take care of the people. It is like a wild game of Chess and I was impressed as she carefully considered each move. She conducts herself like a lady and I admire that about her. Do not be fooled into thinking you can walk all over her, because the girl has some wicked spunk. Someone she manages to still genuinely care about people, especially the lower class in her kingdom. Seeing her work the court council to her advantage was a thrill and watching take on the Empress gave me goosebumps.

Queen of Tomorrow was action-packed, intense and darker than the first. Be warned there are violent acts including abuse and rape. Ficklin does managed to show happy moments, weaving in love and kindness despite the circumstances. The ending sets us up perfectly for Queen of Always, which releases in September and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

About Sherry D. Ficklin

Sherry D. Ficklin is a full time writer from Colorado where she lives with her husband, four kids, two dogs, and a fluctuating number of chickens and house guests. A former military brat, she loves to travel and meet new people. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she’s on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.

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69 Responses to “Queen of Tomorrow by Sherry D. Ficklin”

  1. Kristin

    DAMN! I have got to pick up the first one now! (it’s on my shelf *head down in shame*) You’re killing me! I almost feel like I need to go back in hiding just to catch up with my series and yours and Christy’s books!! Almost… 😉

    Jeez, just wow! I had no clue you loved series so much! I’m still shocked by the 5 cups!
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  2. Nick

    I know you adored the first book as well, Kim! I’ve had it on my TBR ever since. I’m so happy that this was yet another successful sequel. Catherine seems like she’s quite badass, so I can’t wait to meet her. I’ll be sure to binge-read this trilogy once the final book comes out.
    Great review, Kim!
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  3. Jenny

    I think I would be a fan of this series Kim, I’ve always been fascinated by Russia and I haven’t read too many books that feature it as a setting. Sounds like this was a bit of a brutal read though, so I’m going to need to make sure I have chocolate on hand:)
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  4. Ramona

    Yep, I did hear about the rape and it put me off from trying out the first book. There are some things I really can’t read about when I’m reading for pleasure. I love your review, Kimba, very insightful, as usual 🙂 Wishing you a beautiful weekend <3
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  5. Heidi

    Such a gorgeous cover. I don’t recall the first book at all, need to go look it up. I like that this one was so much stronger even if it does have dark parts. It is also nice that the third book releases in September. No long wait.
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  6. Amir

    That cover rocks! This is the first time I’ve heard of this book but seeing that you gave this 5 STARS, I really should fix that. I’ve always been fascinated with the Russian court, I think it was mostly because I was so fascinated with Anastasia when a was a kid and I don’t know much about Catherine the Great but totally googling her right now. I’ll check this series out! Thanks Kimba! 🙂
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