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The Witches of St. Petersburg

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Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
Length: 15 hrs
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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 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. 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.

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 Romanov era.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.   

©2019 Imogen Edwards-Jones (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • annamarie
  • 01-03-19

Not for everyone.

I found this book difficult to follow- as there are lots of new characters constantly introduced. Also the magic and spell-casting sections gave me the creeps. I’m someone who usually enjoys sci-fi and magic, but the magic in this book felt really dark and was disturbing to me. I don’t recommend it for anyone who’s sensitive to spiritual things.

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  • Sara
  • 22-02-19

Not so great

I really, really wanted to enjoy this book and at first I thought it was gonna all work out okay, but about halfway through it was a struggle and once I only had 3 or so hours left, I just had to give up. I just could. not. do. it. And historical fiction is my jam and still, just don't.

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