{Review} Queen of Always by Sherry D. Ficklin


{Review} Queen of Always by Sherry D. FicklinQueen of Alwasy by Sherry D. Ficklin
Series: Stolen Empire #3
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing on September 15th 2015
Genre(s): Historical Romance (YA)
Pages: 280

Our Rating

4 Stars

If her time at court has taught Catherine anything, it's that there is no room for weakness in Imperial Russia. With the Empress' health failing and rumors of a change in the line of succession, her place in the royal line is once more in jeopardy. Tormented by her sadistic husband and his venomous mistress, Catherine must once more walk the fine line between pleasure and politics—between scandal and survival.
When her young son becomes the target of those rebelling against Peter's reign, Catherine will have to rise up to protect herself, her child, and her nation from his unstable and potentially catastrophic rule. This means putting herself at odds with the most dangerous man she's ever known, trusting those who once proved to be her enemies, and turning a nation against its sovereign. In the ultimate battle for the crown, new alliances will be forged, loyalties will be tested, and blood will be shed.
Don't miss this breathtaking conclusion to the Stolen Empire series!
Queen of Tomorrow is a YA historical fiction based on the life of young Catherine the Great.

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.


Queen of Always is the third and final book in the Stolen Empire series, a historical reimagining of Catherine the Great. This is a series I have really enjoyed and I’m so happy that the last book didn’t fall into the final book curse (though, I have to admit I’m not entirely pleased with the ending but I don’t hate it).

I don’t want to spoil too much (well it’s kind of spoiled already because of history) however I will say this book is chronicles the final stages of her rise to power.

Peter is even more vindictive than before and as he takes the crown, it becomes common knowledge that he wishes to divorce Catherine and put Elizavetta in her place. He’s erratic and has a desire to be the opposite of his aunt. His ideals are about the tear the country apart.

Catherine is doing everything she can to get her country peaceful. Her hard work is noticed as people rally behind her and hint that they would support her if she took the throne from Peter.

Alexander finds his way back into her life and she doesn’t want to choose between him and Sergei, though that is the least of her worries.

Catherine is even stronger (I believe) in this book. She has accepted that as ruler, you must do things that you might not agree with. You must do things for the country and its people not just yourself. Something that Peter seriously struggles with. Though she is a bit selfish about one thing (I’m not spoiling) thought I personally don’t have a problem with it, after how Peter treats her she deserves to be selfish in that department.

This book has the same well written secondary characters and imagery as the others. Beautiful balls and gowns and palaces. Everything is written in such great detail,

The only thing I was disappointed about was the ending. I felt like it ends too fast after a certain event. It was sad but I felt underwhelmed by it because it seemed so rushed. However, overall this book finished the story nicely and I am so glad I read this series! I highly recommend it, it’s a beautiful mix of fiction and history.


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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