If you happen to be a history junkie like me and if you also actually happen to be a Russian history junkie (like me also), this book is for you….
It’s a long book, over 800 pages, but it is definitely worth the time if history is your thing. I bought it because I’ve always been fascinated with Catherine the Great and the legend of her ability with horses. I was definitely disappointed that her horsemanship skills were only mentioned in passing, but the book is so full of information and so well written, that it more than made up for the lack of all things horsey…
There were times when it was somewhat dry and read like a history book, and I did have a little trouble keeping all of the characters straight sometimes. It was especially hard to keep up with the revolving door that went in and out of Catherine’s private apartments…whew, she sure had some libido!
And if you read this far just to find out how she REALLY died, I’m not going to tell you, you’ll just have to read the book!
Good read, highly recommended if you love history, still recommended if you just like good books!