Endorsements

“Eva Stachniak has given readers a thrilling glimpse into the scandals and secrets at the heart of the Russian Imperial court. With deft prose and exquisite detail, Stachniak has resurrected one of the most compelling ages in history. Turn off the phones and lock the doors—you will not put it down.”
Deanna Raybourn, New York Times bestselling author of Silent in the Grave

 

“An intensely written, intensely felt saga of the early years that shaped the 18th century’s famous czarina, Catherine the Great. Her survival in the treachery of the Russian court was an amazing feat, and Eva Stachniak captures the fluidity and steeliness that propelled Catherine from a lowly German duchess to one of the towering figures of the century.”
Karleen Koen, the author of Dark Angels

 

“This is a majestic and splendidly written tale of pride, passion, intrigue and deceit that is brought alive from the first page to the last.”
Rosalind Laker, author of The Golden Tulip

 

“The Winter Palace evokes the dark, glittering world of the Russian court. I loved my reader’s place behind the eyes of the servant girl Varvara, engaged in her perilous role as confidante to the young Catherine the Great. Rich with fascinating details of St. Petersburg, Eva Stachniak’s novel is an illuminating lesson and a delicious read.”
Beth Powning, author of The Sea Captain’s Wife

 

“Rich in detail, filled with vivid characters, recounted in seamless prose, The Winter Palace follows the suspenseful journey of two forceful young women–Varvara, the ‘tongue’ whose task it is to spy on a penniless young princess from Germany brought to court to provide a heir for Mother Russia, and Catherine, groomed to become the future wife of the next Czar, the socially clumsy and dull Peter. The Winter Palace is as luminescent as a Fabergé egg, as salty as caviar and as heady as vodka. Eva Stachniak has re-created an absolutely believable world of the Russian Imperial Court and the character of the young Catherine, the ambitious, ill-used, manipulated girl who became one of the greatest female monarchs the world has ever seen. This book will grab you by the throat on page one and not let you go until the last page. The characters will stay with you forever.”
Roberta Rich, author of The Midwife of Venice

 

The Winter Palace has been included in:

Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction 2012

The Washington Post 50 notable works of fiction

The Globe and Mail top books of 2012

16 Books to watch for in 2012: Oprah magazine

 

And Nominated for:

Ontario Library Association Evergreen Award 2013 nominees.