Sisi: Empress on Her Own

Sisi Empress on Her Own For readers of Philippa Gregory Paula McLain and Daisy Goodwin comes a sweeping and powerful novel by New York Times bestselling author Allison Pataki Sisi tells the little known story of Empress El

  • Title: Sisi: Empress on Her Own
  • Author: Allison Pataki
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  • Sisi: Empress on Her Own

    For readers of Philippa Gregory, Paula McLain, and Daisy Goodwin comes a sweeping and powerful novel by New York Times bestselling author Allison Pataki Sisi tells the little known story of Empress Elisabeth of Austria Hungary, the Princess Diana of her time, in an enthralling work of historical fiction that is also a gripping page turner.Married to Emperor Franz Joseph,For readers of Philippa Gregory, Paula McLain, and Daisy Goodwin comes a sweeping and powerful novel by New York Times bestselling author Allison Pataki Sisi tells the little known story of Empress Elisabeth of Austria Hungary, the Princess Diana of her time, in an enthralling work of historical fiction that is also a gripping page turner.Married to Emperor Franz Joseph, Elisabeth fondly known as Sisi captures the hearts of her people as their fairy queen, but beneath that dazzling persona lives a far complex figure In mid nineteenth century Vienna, the halls of the Hofburg Palace buzz not only with imperial waltzes and champagne but also with temptations, rivals, and cutthroat intrigue Sisi grows restless, feeling stifled by strict protocols and a turbulent marriage A free spirited wanderer, she finds solace at her estate outside Budapest There she rides her beloved horses and enjoys visits from the striking Hungarian statesman Count Andr ssy, the man with whom she s unwittingly fallen in love But tragic news brings Sisi out of her fragile seclusion, forcing her to return to her capital and a world of gossip, envy, and sorrow where a dangerous fate lurks in the shadows.Through love affairs and loss, dedication and defiance, Sisi struggles against the conflicting desires to fight to keep her family together or flee amid the collapse of her suffocating marriage and the gathering tumult of the First World War In an age of crumbling monarchies, Sisi fights to assert her right to the throne beside her husband, to win the love of her people and the world, and to save an empire But in the end, can she save herself Featuring larger than life historic figures such as Bavaria s Mad King Ludwig and the tragic Crown Prince Rudolf, and set against many of Europe s grandest sites from Germany s storied Neuschwanstein Castle to England s lush shires Sisi brings to life an extraordinary woman and the romantic, volatile era over which she presided Allison Pataki renders her novel in captivating prose and rich period detail, delivering an enthralling work of historical fiction that is also a gripping page turner.

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    1. Sara

      Edit: April 4/4/15A lot of you lovely commentators have been asking me for recommendations for Sisi books I actually enjoyed. I'm happy to very highly recommend a book I've finally, finally managed to review called Stealing Sisi's Star: How a Master Thief Nearly Got Away with Austria's Most Famous Jewel by the very talented Jennifer Bahaney (who you may recognize from her helpful comments in this review when she kindly corrected all the stuff I got wrong about the real empress!). She very kindly [...]

    2. Linda

      I received a copy of Sisi: Empress on Her Own by Allison Pataki through NetGalley. Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Publishing, and to Allison Pataki for the opportunity.Draw back the lush velvet draperies of the Habsburg Dynasty and you will stare into the soleful eyes of a young woman ill-prepared for the royal life unveiled to her. Sisi is but sixteen years old when she becomes the bride of Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary. She has taken residence at Godollo, a palatial country est [...]

    3. Erin

      Find this and other reviews at: flashlightcommentary.*** NOTE: This review contains spoilers. Please take heed and proceed at your own risk. I love the Hapsburgs. Their history fascinates me and I was understandably intrigued when I learned that Allison Pataki had chosen to feature Empress Elisabeth as a fictional heroine. I was overjoyed to get an ARC of The Accidental Empress, but the reality of the novel didn’t live up to my expectations. That said, my two year experience with the first boo [...]

    4. Lolly's Library

      4.5 starsAs we learned in The Accidental Empress (which one must really read in order to understand Sisi's motivations and emotional handicaps, and not ignorantly write her off simply as a spoiled horse-lover), Elisabeth was not born to the position of Empress. Her childhood was unbelievably free and unstructured; her parents allowed her and her siblings to run wild, literally, through the Bavarian countryside. She never had to deal with convoluted and constricting rules of etiquette, procedures [...]

    5. BAM The Bibliomaniac

      What I'm enjoying about this second book about the Empress Elizabeth is the deliberate placement in history her story takes. King Ludwig, Prince Frederick and Princess Victoria, Esterhazy, Lord Spencer, Tsar Alexander are all in the storyline, and Jack the Ripper as well as Sigmund Freud were mentioned.Sisi was married to Franz Joseph during the golden age of the Austrian-Hungary empire. In book two Sisi continues her personal practical exile from court this time visiting the fox hunting manors [...]

    6. Susan

      During the time period this novel covers, Empress Elisabeth of Austria may have been fascinating, but she did not evoke sympathy. During the time period the first novel "The Accidental Empress" covered, Sisi was a young, naive girl who had spent a carefree, unstructured, unrestrained childhood and then was put in a difficult situation, not of her choosing. She was not the first or the last to marry into a difficult or challenging royal situation. The way a person meets their challenges shows the [...]

    7. Marla

      This is a wonderful story. Allison does a great job of bringing these historical figures to life. I found it so interesting that I started Googling the different people to see what they looked like and to read about them. I felt sorry for Sisi because she thought she had true love with Franz but like history, the Emperor can have a mistress but the Empress can't have one. Sisi fell in love with a couple men who could never be with her romantically. I didn't know there was an Emperor in the late [...]

    8. Sophia

      The Accidental Empress was a book that really captivated me. Partly because of the author's writing style, but mostly because, while I knew a smidgen about Empress Elisabeth of the Hapsburgs, I didn't know much so I was eager to get her story.Sisi: Empress on Her Own takes up where The Accidental Empress left off and follows the middle and later years of Sisi's life which also happens to coincide with the latter years of the Austrian Empire of the Hapsburgs. I appreciate how the author paid atte [...]

    9. Jennifer

      Thank-you to NetGalley for my advanced reading copy of this novel.This was a wonderfully written novel that I enjoyed immensely. After reading “The Accidental Empress” I was pleasantly surprised to discover there was a sequel, as I was eager to learn more about Empress “Sisi” of Austria-Hungary.This novel begins where the last novel left us and therefore I strongly recommend reading them in order. I enjoyed this novel even more than I did the first one as I found it to be more educationa [...]

    10. Petra Miocic

      procitajto/2016/12/07/sis Sve djevojčice maštaju o tome da jednog dana postanu princeze, sanjare o raskošnoj odjeći, veličanstvenom dvorcu i zaljubljenom, zauvijek odanom princu. Djevojački su snovi, kažu, danas ponešto osuvremenjeni jer vrijeme princeza odavno je prošlo. Osim u bajkama gdje one žive i dalje, a upravo su bajke krive za čarobnu koprenu kojom su zakriljeni ne toliko bajkoviti prinčevski životi. Stvarni prinčevski životi. I tako, svaka djevojčica mašta o tome da po [...]

    11. Annette

      This is the story of Sisi, Empress Elisabeth of Austro-Hungarian Empire, unhappily married to Emperor Franz Joseph in the mid-nineteenth century. She looks for happiness in the arms of Hungarian statesman Count Andrassy as they share unhappy marriages. Later in the arms of Captain Bay Middleton as they share passion for horses, when she arrives for the legendary hunting season in England.The book starts with Sisi debating why twilight looks different in Hungary than in Austria due to her unhappi [...]

    12. Tess

      **I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from LibraryThing**"Sisi: Empress On Her Own" is the heartbreaking story of Empress Elizabeth of Austria-Hungary. Maybe not a household name today, Empress Elizabeth (known to her friends and family by her nickname “Sisi”) was a celebrity in her day, a trend-setter and legendary beauty who was simultaneously adored and picked apart by her public, her every move a subject of scrutiny for the newspapers and gossip columns.I had no idea what t [...]

    13. Erika Robuck

      From luscious moonlit gardens to sumptuous castles, the settings of SISI: EMPRESS ON HER OWN are as dazzling as those of Vienna’s Imperial Court Theater, and the drama enacted on its pages is no less impressive. Pataki resurrects the unforgettable Empress Elisabeth in a rich and exquisite tragedy of passion and heartbreak—a true tour de force.

    14. Zeta Dina

      Zanimljivo je da mi ovaj dio povjesti nije ostao u sjecanju iz filmova o Sisi koje sam obozavala kao klinka. U ovoj drugoj knjizi, o njezinom zivotu nakon udaje i rodenja djece, Sisi je prikazana kao vrlo nesretna zena, koja smatra da je jednostavnije od svega pobjeci nego li se s problemima suociti. Mozda je zbilja bilo tako najlakse s obzirom na njezinu funkciju i neimanje nekog prava glasa unatoc cinjenici da je carica.U njizi je prikazana carska obitelj koja se raspada po svim savovima, ali [...]

    15. Tracy

      I highly recommend reading this book after its predecessor, The Accidental Empress. Otherwise it's like stepping into the middle of a play and trying to figure out what's happening. Growing up as a kid and in my teenage years I heard mention of the Habsburgs quite a bit. I never knew who they were or where they were from. I certainly do now and I found the whole thing fascinating! Sisi reminds me of Princess Diana a bit. Her story is tragic. Her life is full of love and loss. She had quite some [...]

    16. Nicko D

      Боже, преди седмица викам я да изчистя каквото съм завлачил и започнах Сиси, че ми бяха останали стотина страници.Донапънах я, тея дни ревю, че се събраха много :)

    17. Clare O'Beara

      This imagined memoir of Sisi, the Empress of Austria-Hungary, wife of Emperor Franz Joseph, dovetails with the facts recorded in 'Elizabeth, Empress of Austria', by Conte Corti, Egon Caesar. The Count collected memories and papers shortly after the First World War which scattered the Empire and along with original sources has provided a good look at this great beauty of her day. This tale begins as Sisi has decided to rear her fourth child, a daughter, herself. By maintaining her partial indepen [...]

    18. Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)

      I really loved The Traitor's Wife by Allison Pataki and was super-excited at the opportunity to read and review Sisi: Empress on Her Own. Unfortunately, it fell a little flat for me. I'm not sure if, in part at least, it's because I didn't read The Accidental Empress. I found the comparison to Princess Diana to be quite a stretch since Sisi seemed to face consistent criticism for her lack of attention to her royal duties and detachment from her subjects. There was really nothing about her I foun [...]

    19. Faouzia

      I would like to thank NetGalley, the Publisher and Author for the free copy of this amazing book.So, this was the fascinating life of "the most beautiful woman alive", this was the journey of the wonderful Sisi!! This was an amazing book and i can honestly say it is the best historical fiction i read so far.I was always fascinated by the story of Sisi, and i was very happy to read this book, as i gave me more insight into her life!It was really amazing to read all these names, that never fail to [...]

    20. Cheryl

      Elizabeth, Empress of Austria-Hungary and wife of Franz Joseph was considered to be one of the most beautiful and captivating women of her time. Franz Joseph had fallen madly in love with her. They married when Elizabeth, called Sisi by family and friends, was only fifteen. The Habsburg Court was one of the world’s most respected dynasties, and rules of behavior were expected to be strictly followed. Life for Sisi became unbearable as everything she said and did, as well as her appearance, was [...]

    21. Juliet-Camille

      After The Accidental Empress, I had hoped things would get better, but they didn't.Sisi is absolutely a bitch.This is Sisi's response to life:This is Sisi's response to her children:

    22. nikkia neil

      Thanks Random House Publishing Group - Random House and netgalley for this ARC.Packed with so much its hard to describe the feelings this novel gives you. We are virtually along with Sisi; her thoughts, dreams, and feelings are described in such a way that I feel like I can see her long hair and beautiful dresses now. This is only one great part of this novel because it covers the whole whirlwind lives of the Austrians. Learning about this part of history was done in such a painless passionate w [...]

    23. Christine

      This is an enthralling fictional account of the famous Sisi, the Habsburg Empress Elizabeth of Austria-Hungary. As the second book in Sisi's story, it covers the last 30 years of her life and the 19th century. In case you can't quite place her, it is her husband, Emperor Franz Joseph, who declared war on Serbia after his nephew and heir, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, was assassinated by an anarchist in Sarajevo. This began World War I and resulted in the loss of over sixteen million lives. Sisi is a [...]

    24. Kelli

      It is because of books like this one, Sisi: Empress on Her Own, that I love reading historical fiction. Last fall, a friend was telling me about her trip to Vienna and how she had learned about the beautiful and beloved Empress Elisabeth, known as Sisi. I hadn't heard of Sisi before, so I came across the ARC of this soon to be published novel, I had to read it. Starting with limited knowledge of Austria in the late 19th century, I found Sisi's life both fascinating and terribly sad and frustrati [...]

    25. Candace

      This book is a great historical fiction book about Elisabeth, Empress of Austria-Hugary (Sisi). The book is great in scope (especially combined with book one) and very descriptive. Also, if you haven’t read about Sisi, she is an interesting character.This is the second half of her story. The first part being The Accidental Empress. I was not aware of that book when I requested Sisi, so I haven’t read it. Although I loved reading this book, I am familiar with Sisi’s life. For those who aren [...]

    26. Jane

      Today is the publication date of a book I had the pleasure of pre-reading: “Sisi, Empress on Her Own”, by Allison Pataki. One thing I enjoyed about the book is that the strengths & weaknesses of the characters come through without being forced. The author presents in such a way that it is up to the reader to judge or not. For instance, Sisi is away from her children a lot, but the times and circumstances may keep you from thinking her a bad mother. It seems real and human, despite the su [...]

    27. Lizzy

      *This was a Good Reads Giveaway* 2.5 stars. I had a lot of mixed feelings about this book. It was smooth reading, but the writing was boring and felt juvenile and the book felt way too long. So much unnecessary writing that could have been cut out. I was fascinated with the story and the history, but found Sisi as a character to be very weak selfish and I was not sympathetic to her as a character. I was INCREDIBLY bored by her romance with Bay, and actually, anytime she was pining over someone I [...]

    28. Kim

      A fascinating story about a fascinating woman. I very much enjoyed the story about the Empress' later life. Quite possibly my only quibble would be that although they claim you could read this book as a standalone, you often get the feeling that you're missing several things, nearly all of which can be traced back to The Accidental Empress, Pataki's book about the Empress' earlier years. The origins of her relationships with several people in her life - her husband the Emperor, her older childre [...]

    29. Nancy Ellis

      This is exactly what a historical novel should be! As the author says in her notes, she really didn't have to work hard to make this a fascinating romantic talee facts where right there. She was able to make use of quotes from the characters, and she successfully made each person as well as the whole era come alive. Reading the story of Sisi was better than a movie could have been! In spite of the awareness of the tragedy and horrors that were to come, it still was magical to me to be transporte [...]

    30. Katelyn Powers

      So I received this book as a promo and was asked to be on the launch team for this book's release.This book is a sequel, so naturally I ordered and read the first one. Which was delightful and I enjoyed it. Thhhhiiiiiissssssss one though is going down as DNF, because it felt like it was DRAGGING on. I literally felt like I could read a summery of this book and gain more than I learned from the book itself. I never wanted to pick this book up!Ughhhhh. I've read too many non great books lately. Ho [...]

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