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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 livesâ€”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 sistersâ€™ 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,
whoâ€”as an Anglo-Germanâ€”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
sistersâ€™ expertise with black magic.
Promising the Tsarina that they will be able to secure an
heir for the Russian dynasty, Militza and Stana hold sĂ©ances
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 statusâ€”and powerâ€”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 fatesâ€”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
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