Eva Stachniak - Author

About the Author

Eva Stachniak was born in Wroclaw, Poland, and now lives in Canada, where she has been a radio broadcaster and college English and humanities lecturer. Her debut novel, Necessary Lies, won the Amazon.com/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and her second novel, Dancing with Kings, has been translated into seven languages. She lives in Toronto,where she is working on her second novel about Catherine the Great, also to be published by Doubleday

Featured books by Eva Stachniak

Empress of the Night

Empress of the Night

Author: Eva Stachniak Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/04/2014

Perfect for readers of Hilary Mantel, Alison Weir, and Philippa Gregory, Empress of the Night is Eva Stachniak’s engrossing new novel, told in the voice of Catherine the Great as the Romanov monarch reflects on her ascension to the throne, her rule over the world’s greatest power, and the sacrifices that made her the most feared and commanding woman of her time.

Other books by Eva Stachniak

Teli Palota

Teli Palota

Author: Eva Stachniak Format: eBook Release Date: 05/01/2015

Figyelt, meselt es jelentett. Tudta, hogy a Teli Palotaban a falnak is fule van. Varvara eles eszenek es jo megfigyelokepessegenek koszonhetoen kerult II. Erzsebet carno szolgalataba. Nemcsak a kemkedes muveszetet tanulta meg, hanem azt is, legyen resen es varjon a nagy lehetosegre. s a nagy lehetA sg meg is rkezett az anhalt-zerbsti hercegnA , Zsfia szemlyben, akit a crnA azrt hozatott az udvarba, hogy hozzadja unokaccshez. A fiatal lnynak csak egy bizalmasa lesz, Varvara, aki br hA sgesen szolglja a crnA t, sokat segt Zsfinak az orosz udvari letbe val beilleszkedsben, a lelki fjdalmak elviselsben, a rosszindulat pletykk tvoltartsban, s vgl a trnra jutsban. Zsfia ttr az ortodox hitre s j nevet is kap: Katalin lesz, a majdani II. Nagy Katalin, Oroszorszg legerA teljesebb s legbefolysosabb crnA je, aki uralkodsnak ideje alatt megreformlta a trvnyeket, politikai befolyst szerzett Oroszorszgnak, fellendtette az ptszetet, tmogatta a mA vszeteket s az oktatst.

Empress of the Night

Empress of the Night

Author: Eva Stachniak Format: eBook Release Date: 25/03/2014

Perfect for readers of Hilary Mantel, Alison Weir, and Philippa Gregory, Empress of the Night is Eva Stachniak's engrossing new novel, told in the voice of Catherine the Great as the Romanov monarch reflects on her ascension to the throne, her rule over the world's greatest power, and the sacrifices that made her the most feared and commanding woman of her time. A critically acclaimed historical drama and instant #1 international bestseller, The Winter Palace brilliantly reimagined the rise of Catherine the Great through the watchful eyes of her clever servant Varvara. Now, in Eva Stachniak's enthralling new novel, Catherine takes center stage as she relives her astonishing ascension to the throne, her rule over an empire, and the sacrifices that made her the most feared and commanding woman of her time. As the book opens, the charismatic monarch is in her final hours. From the fevered depths of her mind, Catherine recalls the fateful trajectory of her turbulent life: her precarious apprenticeship as Russia's Grand Duchess, the usurpers who seek to deprive her of a crown, the friends who beg more of her than she was willing to give, and her struggle to know whom to trust and whom to deceive to ensure her survival. ';We quarrel about power, not about love,' Catherine would write to the great love of her life, Grigory Potemkin, but her days were balanced on the razor's edge of choosing her head over her heart. Power, she learns, is about resolve, strategy, and direction; love must sometimes be secondary as she marshals all her strengths to steer her volatile country into a new century and beyondto grow the Romanov empire, to amass a vast fortune, and to control a scheming court in order to become one of history's greatest rulers. Gorgeously written with vivid detail and lyrical prose, Empress of the Night is an intensely intimate novel of a woman in charge of her fortunes, who must navigate the sorrows, triumphs, and hopes of both her soul and a nation.Praise for Empress of the Night ';[Eva] Stachniak's absorbing novel opens readers' hearts to an extraordinary and misunderstood woman. . . . Wonderfully, lyrically written, Stachniak's story vibrates with passion, drama and intrigue. This is a feast for fans.'RT Book Reviews ';Stachniak's insight into the opulent lives of Russia's rulers continues in this reflective second novel. . . . Historical fiction fans will appreciate this personal account of a formidable and, indeed, infamous ruler.'Library Journal ';The book takes on a dreamlike quality. . . . Ambitious . . . moving . . . structurally complex and psychologically intense . . . vivid descriptions.'Quill & Quire ';Stachniak brings to life one of the most fascinatingand controversialfemale rulers of all time.'DuJour ';Empress of the Night casts light on Catherine's life with unflinching honesty and intimacy. This fun novel of lovers, intrigue, and malicious and manipulative nobility keeps readers enthralled with every page.'Virtuoso LifeFrom the Hardcover edition.

Winter Palace

Winter Palace

Author: Eva Stachniak Format: eBook Release Date: 10/01/2012

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Wall Street Journal *; The Washington PostFrom award-winning author Eva Stachniak comes this passionate novel that illuminates, as only fiction can, the early life of one of history's boldest women. The Winter Palace tells the epic story of Catherine the Great's improbable rise to poweras seen through the ever-watchful eyes of an all-but-invisible servant close to the throne.Her name is Barbarain Russian, Varvara. Nimble-witted and attentive, she's allowed into the employ of the Empress Elizabeth, amid the glitter and cruelty of the world's most eminent court. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, Chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listenand to wait for opportunity. That opportunity arrives in a slender young princess from Zerbst named Sophie, a playful teenager destined to become the indomitable Catherine the Great. Sophie's destiny at court is to marry the Empress's nephew, but she has other, loftier, more dangerous ambitions, and she proves to be more guileful than she first appears.What Sophie needs is an insider at court, a loyal pair of eyes and ears who knows the traps, the conspiracies, and the treacheries that surround her. Varvara will become Sophie's confidanteand together the two young women will rise to the pinnacle of absolute power. With dazzling details and intense drama, Eva Stachniak depicts Varvara's secret alliance with Catherine as the princess grows into a legendthrough an enforced marriage, illicit seductions, and, at last, the shocking coup to assume the throne of all of Russia. Impeccably researched and magnificently written, The Winter Palace is an irresistible peek through the keyhole of one of history's grandest tales.Praise for The Winter Palace ';A majestic and splendidly written tale of pride, passion, intrigue, and deceit that is brought alive from the first page to the last.'Rosalind Laker ';At the same time baroque and intimate, worldly and domestic, wildly strange and soulfully familiar, The Winter Palace offers a flickering glimpse of history through the gauze of deft entertainment.'The Washington Post ';A thrilling point of view . . . Readers are treated to a firsthand account of the young princess's slow ascent to the throne, a path deliciously strewn with discarded lovers and sanguine court intrigues.'Minneapolis Star-Tribune ';[A] brilliant, bold historical novel . . . This superb biographical epic proves the Tudors don't have a monopoly on marital scandal, royal intrigue, or feminine triumph.'Booklist (starred review)From the Hardcover edition.

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