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Queen of Always

(Stolen Empire #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  924 ratings  ·  121 reviews

If her time at court has taught Catherine anything, it’s that there is no room for weakness in Imperial Russia. With the Empress’ health failing and rumors of a change in the line of succession, her place in the royal line is once more in jeopardy. Tormented by her sadistic husband and his venomous mistress, Catherine must once more walk the fine line be
Paperback, 280 pages
Published November 23rd 2015 by Clean Teen Publishing (first published September 15th 2015)
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Sherry Ficklin
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my book, so of course I ADORE it. It is, unapologetically, mature in nature. Much more so than the first book, Queen of Someday. Our little Sophie is all grown up, and she is making some tough choices. Hope you will all love this finale as much as I do.
Happy Reading!
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
Jul 23, 2019 rated it did not like it

Yeah, there's not much more to say about this series than what I have already said. There is one good thing, though - it's short, so you're done very quickly.


Danish or Dutch?: Apparently, the author is unaware that Danes and Dutchmen don't come from the same country. So let this be an education - Danes are from Denmark, Dutchmen are from The Netherlands. Those are not, and have never been, the same thing!

L.R.W. Lee
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a YA historical fiction based on the life of young Catherine the Great, one of the most dynamic women in history.

In this third and final installment, Catherine approaches the world realistically, no longer the naive pawn Peter would hope her to be. In this book, I found Catherine stronger than most women, forced to be that way because of her situation as the despised wife of the most powerful man in Russia who openly flaunts his mistress before the royal court. But Catherine does not all
Joood Hooligan
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was so excited when I had this on my kindle. Am I the only person who gets so excited about a book that they're afraid to read it? Because that's how I was with this one. I adored the last two, and I was worried I had hyped myself up too much.

Then I started it. I couldn't put it down, and it was finished that same day.

I know the story of Catherine the Great, so it wasn't even as if I should
Ari Reavis
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Catherine, my girl, you are fierce. She was put through so much by so many people and I'm so glad she literally came out on top in the end. Peter is a freaking monster and I had a much more gruesome death in mind for him, but hey, a dead Peter is good enough for me. Catherine had to make choices that would darken anyone's soul, but heavy is the head that wears the crown right? The only thing I didn't like was the subtle love triangle. But great book and great ending. ...more
Hannah ◇Reader in the Rough◇

Pain changes you. You can choose to release it and let it leave its scars, or you can wind it up inside yourself and let it become your weapon.

3.5 Stars. Twas a rushed ending, but a solid and conclusive one. I appreciated the epilogue.
Stephanie (Bookfever)
On the one hand Queen of Always is the best book in this trilogy so far, but on the other hand my heart is broken into a thousand little pieces due to some events towards the end of the story, which I won't reveal for the sake of spoilers.

I'm not even sure where to begin with this review. I don't want to give too much away of the story but again so much happened in such a short time. The book read super fast, I couldn't stop reading so that's definitely the prove of some damn good writing on the
She's ruthless, because she has to be…she's loved because she's fair. She's the queen because she took it.


♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪
Leader of the Broken Hearts by Papa Roach --Catherine is tasked with some difficult decisions that leave her not so lucky in love. Ultimately, she did it all for Russia…
♫And now I finally know what it feels like
To risk everything and still survive
When you’re standing on the battlefield
And all the pain is real
That’s when yo
Jul 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Our Catherine is a clever, clever girl. She is also ruthless, passionate and at times calculating. Forced into marriage and ripped from the arms of her lover; she has suffered lost, is tormented and yet she is forever a lady. Never showing weakness beyond the walls of her quarters.

“I have done dreadful things, Dash. I have made mistakes that I will never be able to atone for, and I have allowed myself to be selfish in ways you might never understand.” The bitter memory of sprinkling the poison i
Courtney Toohey
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Stakes are truly high in the enthralling conclusion to The Stolen Empire Series. Boundaries are no longer being tested, but are being run through with an all-consuming power, motivated by self-preservation, greed, and the desire for stability.
In Queen of Always, we find each character stretched beyond their limits. No longer do they have the luxury of redemption. All that is left, is to press further into the destruction and devastation of their own making, with only their hope and faith that s
With Queen of Someday, Sherry Ficklin began a trilogy of books about a very young Catherine the Great and her rise to becoming the Empress of Russia. Born with the name Sophie, she soon found herself embroiled in the political machinations and scheming of court life, dealing with Empress Elizabeth and Peter. With each book, I was drawn further in to the tale, and I think I even remarked on the fact I thought the character development was great in my review for Queen of Tomorrow. This book contin ...more
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't even tell you how much I am in love with this series!! Review will be up soon! ...more
Laura..devouring books like crumpets
Wow i loved the way the Author did the finally to the Stolen empire books, and the ending was devastating and unexpected. We journey with Catherine/Sophie while she tries to cope with her sadistic husband while thinking of her country, people and her personnel life, i loved all the books thank you so much for giving such an amazing read!!!!!
Kelly Gunderman
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Check out this and other reviews on my blog, Here to Happy Endings!

If you haven't read the first two books in this series, go read them now. Really, go read them. I'll be here when you get back.

All finished? Great! Now, weren't they absolutely fantastic?!

I mean, that beautiful cover alone is enough to make me want to pick up the whole series and just sit down and binge read them in one weekend. And now that the trilogy is complete, you can!

I fell in love with this series a while back when I got
Constance Roberts
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was so happy to get the third paperback for my birthday. I needed to finish up this series because after my Bestie finished all three books in a week, she's been badgering to talk to me about the third one.

Stuff gets real in the third installment of the Stolen Empire series. This is definitely not one for more sensitive readers. The steamy romance is taken to a level I never expected and is also shadowed by domestic abuse - something I can only tolerate because of the culture of the time peri
Jan farnworth
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a series that has been fantastic from book one, i love how Ficklin can take a character that is rooted in history and mix in her own dash of how that story should play out. Their where parts where i cheered as the character got what they deserved, other times where my heart was in my thoart as i was scared and frightened, and of course lots of tears where shed. This is a series that will take you all the way to depth of everything you can possibly feel and it so good to get lost in a sto ...more
Falisha Smith
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was debating on whether or not to give this 2 or 3 stars. I can't say all that I want to without giving spoilers, but I will say a few things.
The Author took an intriguing, good book and made you hate the main character in the end. I admired Catherine for being a strong leader and also for being so good and choosing the right thing to do. All of that good was stripped away in this book. She became way too selfish of a character for me, and for that reason I only gave it 2 stars. Along with th
Erin Arkin
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Queen of Always is the third and final book of the Stolen Empire series by Sherry Ficklin and while I was super excited to get my hands on this book, I am also sad it is over. I love historical and Ficklin does a great job of mixing some fact in with a story she has built out and added her own twist to.

Book three begins immediately with a storyline that pulled me back in. Catherine has been separated from everyone she loves and just waiting for the Empress to die. Sergei has been gone for over
Cianna Sunshine & Mountains Book Reviews
Someone please slap me! I'm going into a book coma after this AMAZING final book in this series! Ficklin weaves a deft tale of a girl who rises to become one of the greatest Queens Russia has even seen. Throughout the whole series, we get to watch our main character, twist, grow, bloom, and harden. She makes tough choices, loses so much, and gain even more at times.

This final book was perfect. It was exactly what I wanted. I was conflicted coming into this final novel, what did I want at the end
Aggie Unsworth
Dec 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am always stuck when doing a review of a book that's not the start of a series! How much do you give away of the story? You don't want to spoil the books before to others who haven't read them yet. So I try to be vague about the actual story and rather try and tell you what my feelings are on the book!!

I absolute loved this book!! Well not just this book but the whole series. I don't know much about historical fiction but u am now a big fan.

In book 3 everything is stepped up a notch. Peters h
Corinne Edwards
2.5 stars

With the Empress's health failing and her relationship with Peter on the verge of catastrophe, Catherine soon realizes that her troubles are not only within her own court. There are those outside that want Peter off the throne of Russia, which puts both Catherine and her young son in danger. Soon Catherine is going to have to decide if she is strong enough to wield her own power among so many she cannot trust. Amid wars and plauge from without and conniving and hatred from within, there
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it
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Rachel  (APCB Reviews)
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Honestly I was a tad disappointed with this one. I know it's based off of Catherine's life which is not the happiest of tales, but I wish it weren't so dreary. Sherry's writing is continually engaging as is the fast-moving plot. Catherine's transformation from the beginning of the series to the end is well executed and probably the most tremendous element. I really enjoyed this series, and I'm sad it's over! ...more
Sep 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
Tragic, emotionally stupid, and a pinch of politics. I should have listened to the reviews of the first book. I liked the first book, but this was too messy. The book just felt like a rehash of how scandalous her life was.
Ethan Gregory
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Full review and more available at: http://oneguysguidetogoodreads.blogsp...

My Thoughts:

It isn't many times in a readers life that they can read a story and can honestly say it forever sets a higher bar for all of their future readings. As readers we often are in constant search of our next favorite. But what does one do when the saga comes to a close? Welcome to my predicament. When Sherry Ficklin unleashed Sophie's story on the world, my bookish world was changed forever. When history, sus
Muse-ic ♬
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Welp....that was unexpected

Pretty good read!

I'm sorry I know my latest thoughts and reviews, if I even write anything, are crap haha.
It's been well over a year since I could sit down and properly enjoy a book, much less write about it and pour my heart out in my once-boisterous manner. Life has been propelled in a way that has derailed my path from my old Goodreads ways. I still try to enjoy a good book every now and then.
That, at least, I will try not to lose
*cue sad smile*
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I've read a couple of books lately that have made me laugh, rage and feel so much in-between it is impossible to not have a special place in my heart for them, 'Queen of Always' and the rest of Sherry's 'Stolen Empire' series is literally one of those that made me cry (like fat drops of tears spilling onto my pillow type cry).

I am in honest awe over this series; the strength its heroine displays throughout most of all. Sophie is faced with situations I dare not imagine a person capable of
That was such a quick read I'm still not fully sure what happened. Catherine is back in this final installment to prove once and for all who the true rightful ruler of Russia is. What's a story of royalty rising to their throne without threesomes.... Hold up that didn't come out right. I meant the love of their people.

Well whatever I read it was an OK ending, that never needed a third full book for. This last story could have been folded into the second book and there would be no complaints.
Bekah the Awesome
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
The entire series is wonderful. I'm a sucker for historical fiction in general, because it makes history so much better when you get to feel like you're experiencing it first hand. The romance is beautiful, but the heartbreak hits harder when it's based on reality. Catherine stands tall as a pillar of strength through all the heartbreak and betrayal, and her story gives you hope for the future of imperial Russia. ...more
Megan Louise
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was not nearly as good as the first two. I'm disappointed in her love choice (or lack thereof) and the ending was not nearly as huge as I have come to expect after the first two books. But, it's still an incredibly good book! Still has a tough queen, crazy king and lots of swoon worthy characters. If she had chosen one man, I would have loved it. But the story got weird with her... "choice" ...more
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Sherry is the author of over a dozen novels for teens and young adults including the best selling Stolen Empire series. She can often be found browsing her local bookstore with a large white hot chocolate in one hand and a towering stack of books in the other. That is, unless she's on deadline at which time she, like the Loch Ness monster, is only seen in blurry photographs.
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Other books in the series

Stolen Empire (6 books)
  • Queen of Someday (Stolen Empire, #1)
  • Queen of Tomorrow (Stolen Empire, #2)
  • The Winter Queen (Stolen Empire, #4)
  • The Hollow Queen (Stolen Empire, #5)
  • The Broken Queen (Stolen Empire, #6)

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