"Structurally complex and psychologically intense, "Empress of the Night" aims for Hilary Mantel. Stachniak's writing is distinct, however, especially in vivid descriptions of sensory details: perfume, sweat, and the click of heels on polished floors."
--"Quill & Quire
"Empress of the Night", which emerges through a series of vignettes that shift back and forth in time. A consistent strength of both books is Stachniak's unfailing attention to detail, whether describing the pain of childbirth or the manner of a courtier's behaviour and appearance."
--"National Post "
"Stachniak's latest novel is an intimate look at the private life of Catherine the Great, and readers of the genre who like lush and richly detailed historical fiction will likely approve."
--"Winnipeg Free Press"
"It's an amazing tale, all the more so for being true."
"This fun novel of lovers, intrigue and malicious and manipulative nobility keeps readers entrhalled with every page, from Catherine's precarious beginning to her surprising ascension to the throne."
--"Virtuoso Life Magazine