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!DOWNLOAD EPUB ⚔ Empress of the Night: A Novel of Catherine the Great ♍ The follow up to thebestseller The Winter Palace perfect for the readers of Hilary Mantel and Alison Weir Catherine the Great, the Romanov monarch reflects on her astonishing ascension to the throne, her leadership over the world s greatest power, and the lives sacrificed to make her the most feared woman in the world lives including her own Catherine the Great muses on her life, her relentless battle between love and power, the country she brought into the glorious new century, and the bodies left in her wake By the end of her life, she had accomplished than virtually any other woman in history She built and grew the Romanov empire, amassed a vast fortune of art and land, and controlled an unruly and conniving court Now, in a voice both indelible and intimate, she reflects on the decisions that gained her the world and brought her enemies to their knees And before her last breath, shadowed by the bloody French Revolution, she sets up the end game for her last political maneuver, ensuring her successor and the greater glory of Russia From the moment I started listening to this book, I could tell that it was something unique It was probably a novel that I would have enjoyedin print than as an audiobook Listening too it, I found my mind wandering and got lost in the disjointed storytelling Beginning with the scene of Catherine s dying moments, Empress of the Night has a dreamlike quality of the empress life flashing before her eyes Instead of a comprehensive biography, the reader is given random snippets that stand From the moment I started listening to this book, I could tell that it was something unique It was probably a novel that I would have enjoyedin print than as an audiobook Listening too it, I found my mind wandering and got lost in the disjointed storytelling Beginning with the scene of Catherine s dying moments, Empress of the Night has a dreamlike quality of the empress life flashing before her eyes Instead of a comprehensive biography, the reader is given random snippets that stand out to Catherine as her last breaths slip away Some scenes are told in exquisite detail, while others are never mentioned Most of the focus is on Catherine s legendary love life.There is some beautiful prose in this novel, but not enough of a distinct plot to keep my interest in this format I finished Empress of the Night A Novel of Catherine the Great yesterday, but wasn t ready to rate or write a review about it, neither did I have time to do it anyway My copy of this book starts with a quote written to me by my grandmotherWhen I gave you your first book, I also told you something If you want to live a happy life, you got to read lots of books I m glad you rememberWhy am I writing this Well, to show you that I ll be good to this book, despite all the flaws it had.When I finished Empress of the Night A Novel of Catherine the Great yesterday, but wasn t ready to rate or write a review about it, neither did I have time to do it anyway My copy of this book starts with a quote written to me by my grandmotherWhen I gave you your first book, I also told you something If you want to live a happy life, you got to read lots of books I m glad you rememberWhy am I writing this Well, to show you that I ll be good to this book, despite all the flaws it had.When I saw what it was about, I was thrilled I love reading about strong women in history, the great ones who changed something in the world Yekaterina Alexeevna, how amazing is that The title, the cover, the theme Everything had my name on it It took me a lot of time to read this, almost a month So I have to say that this is one of those books you have to read fast, because if you skip one day, you might need time to focus on it again The writting was shallow and economical It had really short sentences, which lead to no emotions The plot was boring and repetitive This certantly wasn t the way to describe a woman as great as her The book was focused only on her lovers, while the influence she had in arts, the politics she followed didn t get much attention or got no attention at all In my opinion, most of her greatness was ignored Why are we walking Because we have to move Why If we stop, we die The last few pages were interesting There once again we get a quick look over the characters personalities And they made me feel sad for finishing this book that I was eager to finish The living always got to say the last words I wouldn t recommend this for the people who are looking for a book who shows the great life and politics of Catherine, but to those who want to catch only a glimpse of it DNF This is a retelling of Catherine the Great s story of ascension to power, already told in the previous novel The Winter Palace this time told through the eyes of Catherine herself It may have sounded like a good idea in the author s head, but the result is a story the reader is already familiar with, told again without enough new insights on it to justify the retelling Instead of the interesting point of view of the courtiers and servants from the first book, we now only get to learn DNF This is a retelling of Catherine the Great s story of ascension to power, already told in the previous novel The Winter Palace this time told through the eyes of Catherine herself It may have sounded like a good idea in the author s head, but the result is a story the reader is already familiar with, told again without enough new insights on it to justify the retelling Instead of the interesting point of view of the courtiers and servants from the first book, we now only get to learnabout Catherine s love life, which does not in any way give usinformation about the politics, schemes and culture of Imperial Russia For me, this wasn t enough to make me want to read the same story again A novel of Catherine the Great book 2Based on Catherine s memoirs, this second novel seemsof a literary novel than anything else Its approach is quite daunting and has less of a straightforward narrative than The Winter Palace had Told through a series of vignettes that shift back and forth in time the princess on her death bed recalls and reflects on the key episodes of her reign This complex and psychologically intense novel of a woman in charge of her destiny should have been a ver A novel of Catherine the Great book 2Based on Catherine s memoirs, this second novel seemsof a literary novel than anything else Its approach is quite daunting and has less of a straightforward narrative than The Winter Palace had Told through a series of vignettes that shift back and forth in time the princess on her death bed recalls and reflects on the key episodes of her reign This complex and psychologically intense novel of a woman in charge of her destiny should have been a very captivating read.butThe pussyfoot narrative left me baffled on too many occasions to have keep my attention at bay and I had a hard time focusing on what should have been an intimately captures of history s most fascinating monarch The flashbacks lacked coherence The narrative was very choppy on many occasions and the prose did not flow well throughout The whole book was a mishmash of frivolous events and Catherine s boring love affairs I was expecting to read the greatest challenges Catherine had to face and how she positioned herself What we have is Catherine s long stream of incomprehensible babbles for too many pages This said into the book I abandoned it Have you ever read a book because that particular subject fascinates you, so you enjoy readingthan what you ve already read And then, as you are reading, the book begins to become eerily familiar like you ve read it before This is how I felt about Empress of the Night I love historical fiction, and Catherine the Great is such an intriguing figure that I enjoy reading about her from a variety of perspectives Sadly, this book reminded me so much of the last book I read about Catherine Have you ever read a book because that particular subject fascinates you, so you enjoy readingthan what you ve already read And then, as you are reading, the book begins to become eerily familiar like you ve read it before This is how I felt about Empress of the Night I love historical fiction, and Catherine the Great is such an intriguing figure that I enjoy reading about her from a variety of perspectives Sadly, this book reminded me so much of the last book I read about Catherine Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman that I literally had to check a couple of times to make sure that I wasn t accidentally repeating myself The only stark difference in what I read and what I recall reading was the interjections as Catherine appears to be suffering a stroke, and that it appeared to haveto do with her lovers and less to do with her fascinating ruling.I suppose you can make the argument that, as an historical figure, there is little left to the imagination any Not being a writer, I wouldn t know whether that could ever be true But this just felt like a rehash of so much of what I have already read.Having said that the story is written well and would be a good starting point for anyone not overly familiar with Catherine and her ascent to the throne I think it would be enjoyable for them Unfortunately for me, it was a case of deja vu that was too strong to ignore This book left me with a strange feeling I have to say I struggled to finish at some point The narration was to evasive, I would have wanteddetails, and the book would have gained from a first person point of view The moments in which Catherine is dying were too long and it was difficult to return and connect to the main story after The series of lovers was getting frustrating toward the end, perhaps because the author didn t really focus on them nor on the Empress feelings towa This book left me with a strange feeling I have to say I struggled to finish at some point The narration was to evasive, I would have wanteddetails, and the book would have gained from a first person point of view The moments in which Catherine is dying were too long and it was difficult to return and connect to the main story after The series of lovers was getting frustrating toward the end, perhaps because the author didn t really focus on them nor on the Empress feelings toward them Sometimes I wasn t even sure of what was going onOne positive note the moments with Catherine s grandchildren Alexandrine, Alexander were adorable, but I would have wantedI never read The Winter Palace but I definitely not intend to read it Sorry Ever since I read The Winter Palace, I had been dying to read Empress of the Night so I was so excited to be able to finally get it in my hot little hands I was definitely not disappointed in this book but if you ve read The Winter Palace, Empress of the Night has a completely different feeling Catherine the Great is an absolutely fascinating historical figure and she gets an amazing treatment in this book.This book has a vastly different flavor than The Winter Palace This book felt Ever since I read The Winter Palace, I had been dying to read Empress of the Night so I was so excited to be able to finally get it in my hot little hands I was definitely not disappointed in this book but if you ve read The Winter Palace, Empress of the Night has a completely different feeling Catherine the Great is an absolutely fascinating historical figure and she gets an amazing treatment in this book.This book has a vastly different flavor than The Winter Palace This book felt muchdream like and while the style took me a little bit to get used to there s a lot about Catherine s feelings and in places it almost felt like stream of consciousness type writing , but it actually really works for this book Catherine the Great is a looming figure in history and I thought the style sort of gave a nod to that I was utterly entranced by the writing.You certainly don t need to have read The Winter Palace in order to read and enjoy this book but it can t hurt This book focuses wayon Catherine s later life I also thought that it was really interesting that the book focused muchon Catherine s inner feelings and not much as to what was going on with her reign You really do get an internal view of her thoughts and feelings I did wish that the book went into a little bitabout her actual reign and the politics of the time but I did like getting to know her a little bit better through this book Catherine is one of my favorite historical figures she is so absolutely fascinating to me but there has been very little historical fiction with her at the center This book definitely fits a great void I would like to preface this review with the statement that this book is in no way a testament to the author s talent I read the previous book in this series, The Winter Palace, and was very engrossed with the author s ability to convey the rise to power of Catherine the Great through the eyes of a servant who comes to be a close friend Because that book was so well done, I was thrilled to be granted an advanced reader s copy of the book to follow I only wish Empress of the Night could have l I would like to preface this review with the statement that this book is in no way a testament to the author s talent I read the previous book in this series, The Winter Palace, and was very engrossed with the author s ability to convey the rise to power of Catherine the Great through the eyes of a servant who comes to be a close friend Because that book was so well done, I was thrilled to be granted an advanced reader s copy of the book to follow I only wish Empress of the Night could have lived up to the expectations.From what I can discern, the problem with this book stems from the way in which it is structured The story begins with Catherine as an old woman before long, she is incapacitated on the seat of her toilet with a crushing headache, pain, and the inability to move her body As she contemplates what to do, she continues to reflect back on her past, beginning with when she first arrived at the Russian court as Princess Sophie to be engaged to Peter III To hear about this time in her life was almost like a refresher course for the readers who have read The Winter Palace I was interested, but I was also not and unfortunately, that sentiment continued throughout the entirety of the book.Catherine the Great s reign was filled to the brim with personal and political intrigue, yet this book focused way too much on her reflections about past lovers I wanted to hearabout the politics I also wanted the story to stop feeling so disjointed, because the view of one of her attendants with a mole on his face could automatically and randomly throw her thoughts to the past The structure of this story did not work out, and I really cannot envision people enjoying this book If you are interested in Catherine the Great and this author, then I would recommend you read The Winter Palace, which covers her arrival to the Russian court to the coup against her husband to become Empress of Russia If you want to read a book about the politics of her reign, then I m sure you can find one as well, and if you do find a good one then please let me knowI received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review The expected publication date is March 25, 2014 It took me forever to finish this book I had read the Winter Palace which I enjoyed and expected a similar style follow up about Catherine s ruling years The book lacked cohesion, the facts known about her life were in there, but it felt as if they were added to a harlequin novel The main part of the story is told in hindsight, when Catherine is old and ill Sure, fine The last pages 20 30 are the writers fantasies and ideas of what it is like to die from a stroke and the things you m It took me forever to finish this book I had read the Winter Palace which I enjoyed and expected a similar style follow up about Catherine s ruling years The book lacked cohesion, the facts known about her life were in there, but it felt as if they were added to a harlequin novel The main part of the story is told in hindsight, when Catherine is old and ill Sure, fine The last pages 20 30 are the writers fantasies and ideas of what it is like to die from a stroke and the things you muse about when that happens Boring, tedious, and ehm annoying really Superfluous to say I wasn t impressed