The Gathering Storm (The Katerina Trilogy Series #1)

The Gathering Storm (The Katerina Trilogy Series #1)

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by 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.

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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

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—The court of Imperial Russia in the 1880s is the backdrop for this blend of history, the supernatural, and romance. Sixteen-year-old Katerina (aka Katiya), Duchess of Oldenburg, has a dangerous talent, necromancy, which she discovered when she was a little girl and unwittingly brought a dead frog back to life merely by wishing. After her talent is discovered by a rival family who would put it to wicked use, a conflict between good and evil, all prettied up in aristocratic clothing, luxurious balls, dinners, and secret plots, begins. The result is a complicated story involving faeries, ghosts, and vampires. Katiya is in the middle of an Imperial shakedown that provides plenty of action, but the language often sounds modern, and the faerie device seems to come out of the blue. Add to this the confusion of many characters having similar names, albeit in the Russian style, and you have a dense story that will take dedicated readers to follow it—and yet, there are likely to be such followers, as the plot is rich and intriguing. This novel will fit the bill as filler for larger collections.—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
From the Publisher
"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

Children's Literature - Miranda McClain
Katerina Alexandrovna is not your typical seventeenth century Russian Duchess. She has a strange and fearsome talent. Some call it a gift. Katerina calls it a curse, for it is not an ability many would want. She has the ability to raise the dead. Most find her power frightening, including Katerina, yet there are those who seek her out to use her power for their own agendas and she soon finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient battle between the forces of light and dark and she is finding it increasingly difficult to know whom she can trust. It is definitely not the bewitching Prince Danilo, yet she finds she cannot resist his charms. But it is the Tsar's middle son, George Alexandrovich, who comes to her rescue in the end. This first book in the "Katerina Trilogy" is another installment in the burgeoning teen occult romance genre. It is chock full of vampires, werewolves, zombies, and other dark creatures of the night, but it perhaps sets itself slightly apart by its setting in Imperial Russia. It is a fast paced gripping read, though perhaps not entirely original. Reviewer: Miranda McClain

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375899010
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/10/2012
Series:
Katerina Trilogy Series , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
513,831
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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