The Accidental Empress Book reviews


Author(s): Allison PatakiDownload  


New York Times bestselling author Allison Pataki follows up on her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Traitor’s Wife, with the little-known and tumultuous love story of “Sisi” the Austro-Hungarian Empress and captivating wife of Emperor Franz Joseph.The year is 1853, and the Habsburgs are Europe’s most powerful ruling family. With his empire stretching from Austria to Russia, from Germany to Italy, Emperor Franz Joseph is young, rich, and ready to marry.Fifteen-year-old Elisabeth, “Sisi,” Duchess of Bavaria, travels to the Habsburg Court with her older sister, who is betrothed to the young emperor. But shortly after her arrival at court, Sisi finds herself in an unexpected dilemma: she has inadvertently fallen for and won the heart of her sister’s groom. Franz Joseph reneges on his earlier proposal and declares his intention to marry Sisi instead. Thrust onto the throne of Europe’s most treacherous imperial court, Sisi upsets political and familial loyalties in her quest to win, and keep, the love of her emperor, her people, and of the world.With Pataki’s rich period detail and cast of complex, bewitching characters, The Accidental Empress offers a captivating glimpse into one of history’s most intriguing royal families, shedding new light on the glittering Hapsburg Empire and its most mesmerizing, most beloved “Fairy Queen.”

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Alyssa rated it      

Allison Pataki has a natural gift for bringing historical figures to life. She makes the Habsburgs, the royals who seemed so distant when studying European history, come to life with her beautiful writing. I was quickly transported back to the days of Empress Sisi and felt as though I was alongside her whether she was at court in Vienna, walking along the Danube in Budapest, or horseback riding throughout the countryside. It’s easy to assume that the lives of royals are enchanted, filled with castles, balls and glitzy affairs. Pataki reminds us that beyond the glamour, they also suffer through the same problems we have in our own lives.

This is a story full of love and loss, marriage and betrayal, triumph and tragedy. I couldn’t put this book down and I’m sure anyone who picks it up will agree. I’m crossing my fingers for a sequel!


Charlotte rated it      

I was thrilled to receive an advanced reader copy of The Accidental Empress. I had high expectations for this book, and it MORE than exceeded my hopes. The history is remarkable; the author obviously did very thorough research. I learned a ton about the time period, all while becoming completely consumed with the characters in the story. The pace moves quickly and kept me turning pages for hours on end. For anyone seeking a rich story with very dynamic characters and an extremely riveting plot, you will LOVE getting lost in this book. One of my favorite books of all time!


Amandapolikoff rated it      

Another masterpiece by Allison Pataki! One of the best books I have read in a while (since The Traitor’s Wife!). Read it in only 3 days as I could not put it down. The captivating story is brought to life by Pataki’s beautiful writing. The details and historical fact woven throughout the story make you feel as if you are experiencing Sisi’s story alongside her. I have fallen in love with Sisi and I can only hope that Pataki writes a sequel so that I am able to see what comes next for the Accidental Empress! This is a book that should be on everyone’s Must Read list!


Marta rated it     

Three point five stars. This book has me changing my mind about my reaction to the glut of wives and lovers of famous men books on the market. I have been thinking that these women are an entry point into the more interesting life or are only interesting by association. Yet, reading the story of the Empress of Austria, made me realize that so much in life is how you play the hand you are dealt. In that sense this book is a fascinating study of a woman who calls to mind Princess Di, but with much less guile at the beginning and perhaps more savvy where the story ends.

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Lolly’s Library rated it     

*sigh* Once again, I have to write that I will be posting a full review soon. I swear! Hand to whatever god you hold faith in! I will say this, I can’t see what those who gave this book a 1-star are talking about as far as claiming that Pataki didn’t do her research or that she wrote the book based only on reading Wikipedia. Um, no. Pataki makes it very clear in her author’s notes what was fact and what was fiction, the fantastical truths of Sisi’s life that she couldn’t not use and those little things she fudged to make her story better. Not to mention Pataki gives a list of reference books she used in her Acknowledgments. Maybe I’m naive, but when an author lays out her research materials and lists all the facts she used and those she played around with on the table, I tend to believe that author. It also helps when the story that’s been created by said author is well-written, engaging, entertaining, fast-moving, compelling, and attention-absorbing, as is the case with The Accidental Empress.

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