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The Katerina Trilogy, Vol. I: The Gathering Storm Kindle Edition
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"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 makes her YA debut with The Gathering Storm, Volume I in the Katerina Trilogy.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B004X6PRLY
- Publisher : Delacorte Press (January 10, 2012)
- Publication date : January 10, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 3423 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 402 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #540,513 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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She wanted to be a doctor but all she really seemed to do about it was remind folks of that fact and get upset if people pish-poshed the idea. She didn't really DO all that much. When Miechen, Grand Duchess, Maria Pavlovna (all the same person, see what I mean?) needed medical attention quickly, instead of staying to help, Katiya (Katerina Alexandra Maria Von Holstein-Gottorp, Duchess of Oldenburg) ran to get her prone-to-hysteria mother. Then when Katiya was accepted to medical school, she was ready to give it up. I never saw the passion, the drive, the sincerity, in her character so she was never fully actualized to me.
The plot kept me reading. I just wanted to find out what the heck was going on with all the vampires and undead.
Oh, didn't you know? Besieged by dark creatures, those communist-ancestors were. Their high society was divided in the Light Court, where humans and other nice paranormal people belonged, and the Dark Court, where the baddies swarm. Ok, well, maybe real tsarist Russia wasn't like this, but who cares? Robin Bridges' version of it is and it makes for such fun I could barely keep myself from blowing over its 390 pages in a day.
Katerina Alexandrovna is a great character, and I felt like seeing the world through her eyes was very beneficial to the story, especially since she was a good narrator capable of reminding me who was who at the right times - and let me tell you, there were a boatload of people in tsarist Russia. Those people were, to make it even more complicated, all cousins or related to some other degree, and I suspect that had I focused on keeping track of everybody, I would've most likely flipped.
I was too busy entranced with the intense - intense, in block-lettered neon lights, seriously - mythology created by Robin Bridges to care about keeping track of Royal families, and what work this woman must have put into her mythology. I'm pretty sure I didn't fully grasp the depth of all the kinds of vampire families that sprawled across Europe at the time, but it says something about the book that I didn't even stop to catch my breath and wonder if I was missing something.
This book wasn't perfect, of course, but it drew me in so deep I couldn't help but love it. Although some people might argue Katerina's sudden falling for George was a bit odd, I, for one, was squealing with joy - and for someone who reads bad YA romance hurting his eyes from so much eye-rolling, that's a lot. I loved the dark aspects of it, and how its pace never let up but knew when to slow down and when to go at breakneck speed.
I do think Katerina's powers as a necromancer can be vastly expanded on, but far from me to tell Robin Bridges to make her mythology even more complex. I can't wait to see what comes next.
Katerina is a duchess who also happens to be a necromancer, a gift she sees as a curse and wishes to hide from the rest of the world. Soon her secret gets out and there are those who want and need her for her power. She finds herself in a tug of war not only between the courts of dark and light, but also between a dark prince and the grand duke. When her life and that of her family are threatened, she knows she must make a choice to save those she loves and Russia.
Will she side with the dark, from where her black magic originates, or the light, where she yearns to belong?
Ms. Bridges does a beautiful job of describing 19th century Russian royalty. She really draws you into Katerina's world of palaces, balls, tradition, gallantry, and beautiful jewel encrusted gowns.
But then I love how she throws in the paranormal element. Katerina's world isn't all sovereignty and glamour, there's also faerie sight, vampires, werewolves, and sorceresses to contend with. Oh yeah and the threat of an undead army.
The writing is as elegant as the setting of the story, enchanting me throughout. Katerina is a heroine worthy of rooting for. Ms. Bridges ended this first book of a trilogy perfectly and I cannot wait until the second book comes out.