The Romanov Empress

The Romanov Empress Review

For readers of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir comes a dramatic novel of the beloved Empress Maria, the Danish girl who became the mother of the last Russian tsar.

Even from behind the throne, a woman can rule.

Narrated by the mother of Russia’s last tsar, this vivid, historically authentic novel brings to life the courageous story of Maria Feodorovna, one of Imperial Russia’s most compelling women who witnessed the splendor and tragic downfall of the Romanovs as she fought to save her dynasty in the final years of its long reign.
Barely nineteen, Minnie knows that her station in life as a Danish princess is to leave her family and enter into a royal marriage—as her older sister Alix has done, moving to  England to wed Queen Victoria’s eldest son. The winds of fortune bring Minnie to Russia, where she marries the Romanov heir and becomes empress once he ascends the throne. When resistance to his reign strikes at the heart of her family and the tsar sets out to crush all who oppose him, Minnie—now called Maria—must tread a perilous path of compromise in a country she has come to love.
Her husband’s death leaves their son Nicholas as the inexperienced ruler of a deeply divided and crumbling empire. Determined to guide him to reforms that will bring Russia into the modern age, Maria faces implacable opposition from Nicholas’s strong-willed wife, Alexandra, whose fervor has lead her into a disturbing relationship with a mystic named Rasputin. As the unstoppable wave of revolution rises anew to engulf Russia, Maria will face her most dangerous challenge and her greatest heartache.
From the opulent palaces of St. Petersburg and the intrigue-laced salons of the aristocracy to the World War I battlefields and the bloodied countryside occupied by the Bolsheviks, C. W. Gortner sweeps us into the anarchic fall of an empire and the complex, bold heart of the woman who tried to save it.

Title:The Romanov Empress

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Angela M

    This is a journey through Russian history from 1862 - 1918, the court of the Romanovs, who considered themselves ordained by God to rule. It’s compelling and dramatic and a fabulous way to read hist...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    5 huge stars to The Romanov Empress! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Historical fiction fans will not want to miss C.W. Gortner’s latest novel! I would also offer, if you enjoy perfect storytelling involving an...

  • Tammy

    I admit that I’ve only read two of Gortner’s historical novels and enjoyed them both but this is far, far better than most historical novels I’ve read including his. In fact, I’d go as far as ...

  • Cheri

    “Don’t you knowThey’re talkin’ bout a revolutionIt sounds like a whisper” --“Talkin’ Bout a Revolution,” Tracy Chapman, Songwriters: Tracy Chapman

  • Holly  B

    A compelling fictional story based on the life of Empress Maria Feodorovna and narrated by the mother of Russia's prior tsar.  She was the Princess Dagmar of Denmark before marrying the heir to the R...

  • abby

    If you like your Russian Revolutions without all that unpleasantness about starving peasants and Bolshevik firing squads, this is the book for you. It follows the life of Empress Maria, wife to Alexan...

  • Marialyce

    5 tragic starsYou can find my reviews here: https://yayareadslotsofbooks.wordpres... Over the last week or so, I have been so very fortunate to have read two fantastic historical fiction novels, one a...

  • TL

    I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own:).---My thoughts are scattered on this a bit so bear with me.Initial reaction: SO GOOD. Wow.Review:...

  • Lori

    Fantastic! Nicholas II and his family will always be one of history’s greatest tragedies. Revolutions don’t come about from one event, they come from many, many years of strife. It was interesting...

  • Sonja Arlow

    2.5 starsMaybe I should just admit to myself once and for all that I am just not that interested in the Romanovs.I also don’t think the first person narrative worked very well. Empress Maria spent a...