The Witches of St. Petersburg

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Princesses Anastasia and Militza from Montenegro, famed for their wild beauty and mystical powers, befriend the isolated Tsarina Alexandra and use their psychic gifts to help in her increasingly desperate quest to produce a male heir.
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ISBN-13: 9781788544023
ISBN-10: 1788544021
Pagini: 416
Dimensiuni: 283 x 156 x 41 mm
Greutate: 0.66 kg
Editura: Head of Zeus

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Based on a true story, this transporting historical fiction debut depicts the fascinating lives of two sisters—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. Initially outcasts, they are shunned by the aristocracy for their provincial ways and for dabbling in the occult. Undeterred, the sisters resolve to make their mark by falling in with the lonely Tsarina Alexandra, who—as an Anglo-German—is also an outsider and not fully accepted by members of the court. After numerous failed attempts to precipitate the birth of a son and an heir, the tsarina is desperate and decides to place her faith entirely in the sisters’ expertise.
Promising the tsarina that they will be able to secure the succession 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 the sisters become to the tsarina and the royal family, the more their status—and power—is elevated. But when they 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, power, and betrayal, The Witches of St. Petersburg is an exquisite novel filled with haunting images and sumptuous details from the dying days of the Romanov era.


“Even if you are not a Russian scholar like Imogen Edwards -Jones, you will immediately be drawn into this true-life tale of two little known Montenegrin princesses who ruled Russian society at the turn of the last century, befriended Nicholas and Alexandra and the most famous man in Russia—the sexually rapacious Rasputin. With precision and razor-sharp accuracy, Edwards-Jones chronicles their lives -- right up to the chilling last scene which will have you heading straight to Wikipedia. Quite simply, a brilliant take on the historical novel.” 
“Readers fascinated with the Romanovs and this tumultuous period in Russian history will be enthralled by this deliciously dark and memorable novel.”
“Court intrigue, mysterious black magic, and tense political drama keep the pages turning and the thrills coming. Sure to delight history buffs and dark fantasy lovers alike. “
“With swashbuckling fervor, journalist and author Imogen Edwards-Jones blends themes of power, magic, and sex in her new novel, The Witches of St. Petersburg, creating a florid portrait of the last decade of the Romanov era.”