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The Witches of St. Petersburg: A Novel (original 2018; udgave 2019)

af Imogen Edwards-Jones (Forfatter)

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Inspired by real characters, this transporting historical fiction debut spins the fascinating story of two princesses in the Romanov court who practiced black magic, befriended the Tsarina, and invited Rasputin into their lives--forever changing the course of Russian history. As daughters of the impoverished King of Montenegro, Militza and Stana must fulfill their duty to their father and leave their beloved home for St. Petersburg to be married into senior positions in the Romanov court. For their new alliances to the Russian nobility will help secure the future of the sisters' native country. Immediately, Militza and Stana feel like outcasts as the aristocracy shuns them for their provincial ways and for dabbling in the occult. Undeterred, the sisters become resolved to make their mark by falling in with the lonely, depressed Tsarina Alexandra, who--as an Anglo-German--is also an outsider and is not fully accepted by members of the court. After numerous failed attempts to precipitate the birth of a son and heir, the Tsarina is desperate and decides to place her faith in the sisters' expertise with black magic. Promising the Tsarina that they will be able to secure an heir for the Russian dynasty, Militza and Stana hold séances and experiment with rituals and spells. Gurus, clairvoyants, holy fools, and charlatans all try their luck. The closer they become to the Tsarina and the royal family, the more their status--and power--is elevated. But when the sisters invoke a spiritual shaman, who goes by the name of Rasputin, the die is cast. For they have not only irrevocably sealed their own fates--but also that of Russia itself. Brimming with black magic, sex and intrigue, The Witches of St. Petersburg is an exquisite historical fiction debut novel filled with lush historical details from the Romanov era.… (mere)
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Titel:The Witches of St. Petersburg: A Novel
Forfattere:Imogen Edwards-Jones (Forfatter)
Info:Harper Paperbacks (2019), 464 pages
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This was absolutely unputdownable- 4* writing but a *5 story, which I'd never heard of. I had never considered HOW Rasputin, a Siberian peasant, gained entrance to the Romanov court. Here we learn of the "Black Princesses"- Montenegrin sisters who have married into the slightly lesser echelons of St Petersburg aristocracy. Sidelined and treated with contempt for their lowly origins, Militza and Stana gain an intimacy with the unhappy Tsarena, disliked and unable to produce a son, through their ability with the occult. With spells and drugs, various spiritistic friends...and finally Rasputin himself, they become constant figures in the highest circle.
But jealousy grows...other royals seeing themselves usurped...and later from the sisters themselves, as the Tsarena takes up with other, more suitable, ladies...as Rasputin launches his career, unaided by them..and as his harem of female acolytes makes him more hated by the day...
Quite fascinating! ( )
  starbox | Dec 18, 2020 |
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Two sister princesses from Montenegro are married off by their father to men within the Romanov court. Despite struggling to be accepted by the Russian society they manage to make themselves indispensable to the Tsar and Tsarina. I thought the writing was good and I really liked the story. A bit fantastical but still an interesting glimpse into this world and time period. ( )
  reb922 | May 31, 2019 |
THE WITCHES OF ST. PETERSBURG is the tale of two sisters that have to fend for themselves at the Romanov court, and they do so by not only befriending the Tsarina, they use black magic as well. Militza and Stana are the daughters of the King of Montenegro. They are forced to marry men with status in the Romanov court and to secure the future for their home country. However, they are shunned by the aristocracy especially the women. But, they soon find out that the lonely Tsarina desperately needs a male heir, and they decide to help her even if that means using black magic.

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  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
Off to a slow start but then it got rolling. Really scandalous and juicy!!! ( )
  lhaines56 | May 5, 2019 |
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The Witches of St. Petersberg are Militza and Stana, princesses of Montenegro who have made advantageous marriages to Grand Dukes of Russia in order to enrich their impoverished country and pretty much universally despised by the more established courtiers. However, their practice of seances and other 'magic' earns them some notoriety. When the Tsar and Tsarina fail to produce a male heir, the sisters court and gain the Tsarina's favor by utilizing their 'powers' and 'rituals' to bring about the desired offspring. Their machinations become more complicated the longer the Tsarina fails to reproduce, and when she finally does, and the Prince turns out to be hemophiliac, they have an opportunity to retain their power by producing a 'healer' (Rasputin) to keep Alexei alive.
I'm not well-read on the topic of the last Tsars of Russia, but this is obviously a highly fictionalized account. It was entertaining to read, but with so many interesting and scandalous actions attributed to actual historical figures (most of which blatantly contradicts those people's Wikipedia pages) it was a little difficult to digest. I found myself constantly wondering how much of this was 'real' and how much completely fabricated. Also, there is quite a bit of sexual content and while I'm not against that, per se, the scenes were particularly graphic and seemed a little out of place within the context of the rest of the novel. ( )
  EmScape | Mar 11, 2019 |
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Inspired by real characters, this transporting historical fiction debut spins the fascinating story of two princesses in the Romanov court who practiced black magic, befriended the Tsarina, and invited Rasputin into their lives--forever changing the course of Russian history. As daughters of the impoverished King of Montenegro, Militza and Stana must fulfill their duty to their father and leave their beloved home for St. Petersburg to be married into senior positions in the Romanov court. For their new alliances to the Russian nobility will help secure the future of the sisters' native country. Immediately, Militza and Stana feel like outcasts as the aristocracy shuns them for their provincial ways and for dabbling in the occult. Undeterred, the sisters become resolved to make their mark by falling in with the lonely, depressed Tsarina Alexandra, who--as an Anglo-German--is also an outsider and is not fully accepted by members of the court. After numerous failed attempts to precipitate the birth of a son and heir, the Tsarina is desperate and decides to place her faith in the sisters' expertise with black magic. Promising the Tsarina that they will be able to secure an heir for the Russian dynasty, Militza and Stana hold séances and experiment with rituals and spells. Gurus, clairvoyants, holy fools, and charlatans all try their luck. The closer they become to the Tsarina and the royal family, the more their status--and power--is elevated. But when the sisters invoke a spiritual shaman, who goes by the name of Rasputin, the die is cast. For they have not only irrevocably sealed their own fates--but also that of Russia itself. Brimming with black magic, sex and intrigue, The Witches of St. Petersburg is an exquisite historical fiction debut novel filled with lush historical details from the Romanov era.

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