Books by Ellen Alpsten

The Tsarina's Daughter

Ellen Alpsten’s Tsarina took a look at the life of Catherine I, and The Tsarina’s Daughter gives us a peek behind the curtain at the life of Catherine and Peter the Great’s daughter, Elizabeth.  The novel is overlong and overly florid, with soapy plot twists abounding, just like the previous ...


I can’t recall the last time I read a book so intriguing as Ellen Alpsten’s gripping (although at points a touch unbelievable) Tsarina, the story of Peter the Great of Russia’s second, last, and longest-lasting wife. Marta is born onto an estate of serfs in the Baltics in the late 1600s. Ra ...