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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.
Palace Intrigue at Its Finest
posted by emmi331 on February 1, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.
a prettily painted glass bead marketed and hyped as a genuine gem of a novel...
If the potential reader is seeking a novel that keeps an even balance of education and entertainment on all aspects and viewpoints of 18th century Russia, you may be slightly disappointed. While the novel supplies only the basic facts of Catherine the Great’s life at the Winter Palace it focuses more on her intimate life and the drama of those of the court, that may leave the reader wondering what genre or audience the author was really striving for. With all of the displayed private sordid details that unfortunately borderlines on a cheap bodice ripper, it can get overwhelming and another narration would have been appreciated to break up the monotony of the numerous scandalous encounters. While The Winter Palace focuses more on the elite and powerful, the poor serve as a limited background-that leaves much to be desired and explored. In the end, I did not exactly come away wanting to read any type of sequel but it did spark an interest of learning all I can about Russian rulers, superstitions, and history.
posted by -TheLadyinPurple on June 24, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 18, 2012
Was looking forward to an interesting read based on all the positive feedback. I enjoy historical fiction, but found this book duller than watching paint dry. The characters were not particularly compelling and the plot was downright boring.
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