Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Release Date: 23rd September 2019
Star Rating: 4 Stars
It’s starting to snow outside!… Well, it’s sleet but there are definitely some snowflakes. Anyway, it put me in the mood of a historical fiction novel and that novel is The Hollow Queen by Sherry D. Ficklin. I read this a few months ago, but it’s set in snowy Russia, in the past and glamourize as well as dramatic.
The Hollow Queen is the fifth novel in the Stolen Empire Series by Sherry D. Ficklin. When I received this book I didn’t realize this and I haven’t read the previous titles but I am happy to say that this book can be read as a stand-alone and I really enjoyed it. My historical reading has centered mainly on British and European medieval and renaissance themes and I hardly know much about the Russian royal Romanovs, with the exception of the final royal Romanovs who sow the dynasty end. This novel follows the daughter of Peter the Great, Elizabeth, after the death of both her parents which strips her of her estates and title in favor of her half nephew to the Tsar. I found this story to be engaging and moved at a good pace. I liked the character of Elizabeth a lot and her thoughts regarding placing duty above her personal interests and it has given me a desire to know more about the other Romanovs. I am greatly looking forward to the continuation of Elizabeth’s story in the next book. My interest has been aroused due to the taster of Empress Anna, who is only briefly mentioned, but intriguingly, she has inherited the madness of her father, Ivan V. I will not google any of the historical characters until after the series finishes, to avoid spoilers and continue the bliss of ignorance. Luckily, while I wait for the next installment, I have four previous books to catch up on.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher, Clean Teen Publishing, for an advanced electronic copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.