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The Katerina Trilogy, Vol. I: The Gathering Storm [Kindle Edition]

Robin Bridges
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VOYA said "Bridges could become a worthy successor to Libba Bray with this historical fantasy."Lush and opulent, romantic and sinister, The Gathering Storm, Vol. I in the Katerina Trilogy, reimagines the lives of Russia's aristocracy in a fabulously intoxicating page-turning fantasy.

St. Petersburg, Russia, 1888. As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret: she can raise the dead. No one knows. Not her family. Not the girls at her finishing school. Not the tsar or anyone in her aristocratic circle. Katerina considers her talent a curse, not a gift. But when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial Family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue.

An evil presence is growing within Europe's royal bloodlines—and those aligned with the darkness threaten to topple the tsar. Suddenly Katerina's strength as a necromancer attracts attention from unwelcome sources . . . including two young men—George Alexandrovich, the tsar's standoffish middle son, who needs Katerina's help to safeguard Russia, even if he's repelled by her secret, and the dashing Prince Danilo, heir to the throne of Montenegro, to whom Katerina feels inexplicably drawn.

The time has come for Katerina to embrace her power, but which side will she choose—and to whom will she give her heart?

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Editorial Reviews


"An atmospheric vampire tale."--Kirkus Reviews

"Bridges could become a worthy successor to Libba Bray with this historical fantasy."--VOYA

"Bridges delivers an imaginative, complex blend of history and magic."--Publishers Weekly

"The plot is rich and intriguing."--School Library Journal

"This alluring fantasy gives fans of the Luxe series a new society to enter, albeit with some fear."--Booklist

About the Author

ROBIN BRIDGES lives on the Gulf Coast. The Gathering Storm is her debut novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1362 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0385740239
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (January 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X6PRLY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Gathering Storm is a book full of surprises. Part historical fiction, part romance and part paranormal, it's a head-spinning and eye-popping tale of light and dark, good and evil, loyalty and treason, love, hate and everything in between. Russian folklore, Gothic creatures, crazy plot developments, gorgeous settings and a whole cast of magnificent historical figures - this novel has it all! Prepare to be dazzled!

Set in St. Petersburg in 1888, when the Dark Court rivals the Light Court and the perpetual power struggle leads to many convoluted conspiracies and schemes to take over the throne of Russia, The Gathering Storm tells the story of Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, a girl burdened with a dark and dangerous secret. Katiya is a necromancer, she can raise people from the dead. She does not consider her power a talent, but a curse, and one that she is deeply ashamed of. Unlike her mother, she does not show particular fondness for seances, spiritualism and the occult. She dreams of becoming one of Russia's first female doctors, developing new cures, healing people. But a great and evil presence is growing in St. Petersburg. Behind a veil of glamour, the powerful faerie courts are plotting for control of the fate of the empire. An army of undead soldiers is being raised, rumors of dark magic are spreading, and the tsar's life is in a great danger. Katiya's powers attract the attention of both the Light and Dark Court, and she finds herself caught in the middle of a complicated love triangle that involves a brooding prince Danilo and handsome tsarevich, Goerge Alexandrovitch. The future of the entire Imperial Russia lays in her hands, will she make the right decision?

This was a really amazing book and I had so much fun reading it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read volume II January 7, 2012
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Fae folk, undead soldiers, and vampires cavort and conspire in this elaborate, rich in atmosphere YA novel set in the glittery balls and dark corridors of Russia's imperial court during the late 1880's when Russia's final tsar, Nicolas II, was a young man and his father, Alexander III, still ruled. Main character Katerina Alexandrovna is a reluctant necromancer with the "gift" of being able to raise the dead, an ability she considers a horror and hideous curse, but unsurprisingly she must in the end accept and embrace her power to protect Russia from the forces of evil. Katarina is fascinated by the rapidly evolving science of modern medicine and would like to become a doctor, but societal restrictions on women and complications that develop because of her supernatural abilities stand in her way. In spite of trying to keep her powers hidden she attracts the attention of both the bewitching Prince Danilo of Montenegro and the curt and distant George Alexandrovich, middle son of the current tsar.

While The Gathering Storm is not a perfectly written novel I raced through it, and only willingly paused in my reading long enough to look up more information on the fascinating historical characters and incidents woven into its plot. It's added a number of books about imperial Russia to my Amazon wish list and library holds queue. Early in my reading I printed out a family tree of the Romanov dynasty to help me keep track of characters--which is fun reading in itself--but the final version of the book includes one (I read an advanced reader's copy).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Russian Mix of Lore and Reality February 6, 2012
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Are you a Tolstoy fan? I loved War and Peace and Anna Karenina so Russian names don't intimidate me, nor does anything Russian. I cut my wisdom teeth in high school reading about Peter the Great and Catherine the Great. I love St. Petersburg and needlepointed a pillow or two to commemorate it. I've cried over the butchering of the Romanov Family and wondered about the girl called Anna who said she was the youngest surviving daughter of the bloodthirsty Russian rebellion.

But, if you aren't an aforementioned fan or a Russian history buff, or if you don't care for the complexities of their names and places and royalty...this book may be a tad taxing on you. You may have to flub the names a bit.

As for me; I found it an absolute treasure! Someone couldn't have handed me a Godiva chocolate-encrusted, faux Fabrege' egg with pastel icings on it to make me happier! I just ate this book up...and will someone please bring me Volume II of this series asap?

Robin Bridges may be a nurse, but she is also a fabulous writer with an imagination and uncanny ability to place paranormal characters into real Russian royalty as if they were born to it. Amazing literary talents. Her characters just gleamed off the page with magical qualities and intrigue. They are beautiful and dark, brittle as glass and soft as fur, frightening and furious. Just a melting pot of interesting and provocative people that I was so excited to meet and can't wait to continue to know more.

The settings Robin creates are dazzling and realistic. I felt the stifling heat of a ballroom lighted by candles and fireplaces...too cramped and crushed by too many bodies dancing furiously to gypsy-played music...too much danger and excitement for a young girl approached by a would-be blood drinker.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not enough history for my taste
Published 8 months ago by Kim Nardi
2.0 out of 5 stars Just Okay
You know that feeling you get when you finish a taxing task? The giddiness and that deep sigh of relief, feeling euphoric because YOU DID IT! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Tonyalee
3.0 out of 5 stars Review
Interesting story. A little confusing with all the names and locations and who is related to whom, but overall, a good read.
Published 14 months ago by Kim Bish
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting set up and I can't wait to see more
The Gathering Storm has been on my TBR list for too long. I've always been fascinated with Russian history and necromancers have fascinated me since I read Garth Nix's Sabriel in... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Rachel @ Paper Cuts blog
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Entertaining for someone like me who is interested in Russia, but not a great book. I wouldn't recommend it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Laura
3.0 out of 5 stars The gathering g storm
The beginning throws you straight into the plot. No build up or prior history is given. It made for a bad start. The story is not as good as I had hoped.
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it..
I really enjoyed this book. I'd stopped reading books with vampires but she did a great job. Had me spellbound.
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Captured me right away!
I loved this book! It had everything I love in a story, vampires, spells, wolves, zombies, a grumpy handsome Duke that you cant help but love and a beautiful necromancer that can... Read more
Published 20 months ago by AnnLovesBooks
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, enjoyable book
Easy read. If you enjoy Jane Austen, you will love this book! I could not put it down. A trilogy and I will definitely buy book 2!
Published on March 24, 2013 by Michele A Wong
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More About the Author

By day, Robin Bridges is the mild-mannered author of the YA historical fantasy series, THE KATERINA TRILOGY, set in Imperial Russia at the end of the nineteenth century. By night, she's a pediatric nurse who pokes small children with needles and makes them drink horrid-tasting medicines. Robin is a member of the Apocalypsies 2012 Debut Author group, as well as the Class of 2K12 and SCBWI. She lives on the Gulf Coast with her husband, one teenager, and two goofy mastiffs. She likes playing video games and watching Jane Austen movies.

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