Fifteen year old Sophie faces down a pack of thieves on her way to the Russian Imperial Court, and it turns out to be a sign of things to come. Her mother’s determination to make her a Queen means Sophie must master balancing the demands of Empress Elizabeth and Prince Peter because failure means ruin for her family. But then Sophie’s world begins to teeter out of control when she begins to fall for a handsome stranger in court.
Queen of Someday is a strong start to the “Stolen Empire” series. It tells a less than historically accurate of Catherine the Great’s life before she became the now-famous ruler of Russia. I read the second book of the series back over the summer (Queen of Tomorrow), so I had a pretty good idea of how this book would end. However Sherry Ficklin’s Sophie is so well written that I more than momentarily hoped and believed it would end differently.
Sophie, later Catherine, is a fantastic narrator. She’s a mix of physical and emotional strength, manipulative cunning, and kindness. Sophie comes off as a real teenager who acts the way I’d expect a teen to act, whether she’s miscalculates situations or tries to keep those she cares about from harm. Her narration makes me want to reread book #2 and pick up the final book in the series.
The layers of the characters also made this story a page turner. Just when I though that I’d figured someone out, there was another side of them that managed to complicate things for Sophie. I’d forgotten how much I liked that unpredictability from the second book, and I’m glad that it comes into play during the first book in the series.
While it’s not going to happen anytime soon as I already have too many books in my to-be-read pile, I’m going to eventually pick up physical copies of Stolen Empire books and that includes the third one, Queen of Always.
Queen of Someday would be a great book for anyone interested in historical fiction.
Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin is published by Clean Teen Publishing and is available as an eBook and in print.