“This was a wonderful summer read! Filled with all the intrigue and plot twists and turns of life at the royal court in Russia, this book is about the "making" of Catherine, The Great. The story is told from the viewpoint of a woman, brought to the palace as a child, who is taught to spy. Very quickly, she learns to have her own best interest at heart and becomes proficient at giving and taking just the right amount of information to protect herself while sating the appetites for information all around her. As she rises in her importance at court, so does Catherine ... both obscure women that could have gone unnoticed in the vast Russian court ... but did not by their own choosing.”
Susan wrote this review Thursday, July 5, 2012.