The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak

A captivating novel about Catherine the Great's earliest days in court, the manipulation and deceit and how she rose to power, as told via her servant and spy.

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The Winter Palace

A gripping tale of Catherine the Great’s rise to power as empress of Russia. This story of deceit, manipulation and secret love affairs is told via a fictional servant and spy, Varvara, whose ambitions threaten her position at the royal court, a place where nothing is as it seems.

The Winter Palace, Eva Stachniak, $25.