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Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite
Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin is the first book in the Stolen Empire series. The book, aimed at young adults, is the fictional account of Sophia of Prussia. It’s based loosely on the life of Catherine the Great. Sofia, also called Sofie, comes to the Russian court as a potential bride for the nephew of Empress Elizabeth. Peter is a temperamental young man, fawning and flirting one moment, and vicious the next. Sofie must traverse this dangerous court to win the heart of not only Peter, but the Russian people. With enemies around every corner, will she manage to survive to her engagement day?
Queen of Someday is certainly a creative outlook on the early days of Catherine the Great at the Russian court. As the author states, it is by no means a historically accurate account, but nonetheless, it is an exciting interpretation. I found Sofie to be a bit flighty, however, this is understandable for a sixteen-year-old girl thrust into royal politics. Catherine the Great was one of the most formidable Russian rulers and you can see traces of this developing in Sofie’s character. I like how Miss Ficklin went about capturing the tumultuous relationship between Peter and Catherine. Being Russian, I have studied the history of Tsarist Russia with great interest so I do know the true story of Catherine the Great’s time at court. Miss Ficklin does not stray far from the possible truth. My only suggestion would be to tailor the language more to the time. In parts, I felt as if I were reading a modern book instead of historical fiction.