StoryGraph Saturday: The Widow Queen

StoryGraph Saturday is a weekly thing where I randomly choose a book from my To Read pile on StoryGraph and show it off to both remind myself that it’s there and to show it to you in case you might find it interesting, too.


The Widow Queen
by Elzbieta Cherezinska, translated from the Polish Maya Zakrzewska-Pim
Historical Fiction
512 pages
First published in 2016, first US release in 2021

From The StoryGraph:

Elzbieta Cherezinska’s The Widow Queen is the epic story of a Polish queen whose life and name were all but forgotten until now.

The bold one, they call her–too bold for most.

To her father, the great duke of Poland, Swietoslawa and her two sisters represent three chances for an alliance. Three marriages on which to build his empire.

But Swietoslawa refuses to be simply a pawn in her father’s schemes; she seeks a throne of her own, with no husband by her side.

The gods may grant her wish, but crowns sit heavy, and power is a sword that cuts both ways.


I love a good historical novel, I enjoy learning about historical figures, I’m always trying to get more works in translation onto my ‘Read’ shelves, so Elzbieta Cherezinska’s The Widow Queen sounds like a book that’s right up my street. My library has a copy, so whenever I have the chance to get to it, I should be able to pick up a copy fairly quickly. Perhaps I’ll get to it this winter, as it sounds like a title for one of those sleety, windy winter days that we get here in January and February.

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