The Witches of St. Petersburg || History, With a Splash of Magic

 

Title: The Witches of St. Petersburg
Author: Imogen Edwards-Jones
Page Count: 480 pages
Genre: Fiction
Rating: ★ ★ ★.5
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Release Date: January 22, 2019
Buy It: Chapters Indigo

 

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

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.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS

When you pick up The Witches of St. Petersburg you’ll be transported to the past where the supernatural exist, witchcraft brews and historical plots are unravelled. I completely fell into this magical past and did not want to leave. Although it’s a bit slower at the beginning I promise if you keep going it’ll pick up.
 
I love stories about Russia, witches, carnage, manipulation and dark fairytales.. this story had a blend of everything! I recommend this one for fans of Russian history and magic. This story will take you on a journey following two naive young women who do everything they can to hold their place in the Romanov court. The sisters did frustrate me at times enough to shake the book but then I’d remiond myself they’re young and immpresionable and anyone in their situations might have done the same. The take on Rapsputin (which has been done many times) is unique and interesting.
 
I’d love to see this translated to screen. I think it would really capture audiences. Definitely recommend you pick this up if you’re in the mood for some historical fiction with magic.
 
**Thank you Penguin Canada for sending me a copy of the ARC in exchange for an honest review.**

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