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The Morning Star (Katerina Trilogy Series #3)

The Morning Star (Katerina Trilogy Series #3)

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by Robin Bridges

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Lush and opulent, romantic and sinister, The Morning Star, Vol. III in the Katerina Trilogy, reimagines the lives of Russia's aristocracy in a fabulously intoxicating and page-turning fantasy.

St. Petersburg, Russia, 1890
Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, wants to be known as a doctor, not a necromancer. But Tsar Alexander III


Lush and opulent, romantic and sinister, The Morning Star, Vol. III in the Katerina Trilogy, reimagines the lives of Russia's aristocracy in a fabulously intoxicating and page-turning fantasy.

St. Petersburg, Russia, 1890
Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, wants to be known as a doctor, not a necromancer. But Tsar Alexander III forbids women to attend medical school; his interest in Katerina extends only to her ability to raise the dead. Twice now, Katerina has helped him by using her power to thwart the forces of darkness—vampires bent on resurrecting the lich tsar Konstantin Pavlovich so that he can take what he sees as his rightful place on the throne. Katerina thought she had bound Konstantin to the Greylands, the realm of the dead, but he has found a way out. Now he is searching for the Morning Star, a sword that will allow him to command a legion of supernatural warriors.

Katerina must find the sword before Konstantin does—and she must travel to Egypt to do so. Along the way, she puts up with unwanted attention from her former fiancé, the nefarious Prince Danilo, and struggles with her feelings for her true love, George Alexandrovich. But with the looming threat from Konstantin, Katerina's focus remains on the sword. Russia's fate will be determined by whoever wields the Morning Star—and delivers the final blow.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Enid Portnoy
Intrigue, politics, romance and fantasy fill this third volume of the Katerina Trilogy, covering over 100 years in Russia and elsewhere. Narrator Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenberg, is kidnapped in Belarus and sent away. Meanwhile her two suitors war against each other and use her as a political pawn. Katerina is eager to pursue her medical studies with a Tibetan doctor, who serves as a confidante and teacher for her. She strains to make sense of the spells, magic powers, and villains she encounters. Chapters are quite short and move the action quickly. Dialogue, though, sounds too contemporary and perhaps unrealistic for the setting and period, although this may be purposeful. Several new words appear in the text but are not explained anywhere. The book is for young adults, who hopefully will be able to remember all the characters and catch their breath now and then as Katerina travels about. An interesting real life fact, mentioned in the “Historical Notes” at the book’s conclusion is Tsar Alex III’s refusal to readmit women to Russia’s medical universities until 1895, when his son approved the opening of St. Petersburg’s Women’s Medical Institute to train World War 1 nurses. There is also mention of a belief that TB promoted the spread of vampirism throughout Europe and America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Bridges writes for young adults as well as working as a pediatric nurse, wife and mother. Other titles in the Katerina Trilogy are The Unfailing Light, and The Gathering Storm. Reviewer: Enid Portnoy; Ages 12 up.
VOYA - Adrienne Amborski
Following The Gathering Storm (Delacorte, 2012/Voya January 2012), and The Unfailing Light (Delacorte, 2012/Voya December 2012), The Morning Star concludes the Katerina Trilogy. Set in Russia's Imperial Court of St. Petersburg in 1890, the author blends historical facts and paranormal elements to create a luxuriant world combining tsars and duchesses with vampires, werewolves, and other mystical beings. Seventeen-year-old duchess Katerina's ability to raise the dead as a necromancer makes her to a valuable pawn in the power struggle between the dark and light courts of Tsar Alexandra's kingdom. As in the past books, Katerina denounces her power and struggles to become a medical doctor, unheard of for a woman during this time period. In The Morning Star, Katerina faces the return of the evil lich tsar from the purgatory of the supernatural Graylands. Reunion with her love interest, George Alexandrovich, is short-lived when Katerina is kidnapped by the lich tsar and sent to Egypt to release the morning star, the sword of Lucifer. Epic battles and alliances of courts are put to the test in this final installment. Will good triumph over evil? Will the love between Katerina and George last? Will Katerina's dream of practicing medicine become a reality? Loaded with Russian names and patronymics, the reader will need to have a grasp of the storyline from the past two books to fully understand the relationships between families of the court. The Morning Star is a satisfying conclusion to a debut series that will appeal to fans of Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy or Joy Preble's Dreaming Anastasia series. Reviewer: Adrienne Amborski
VOYA - Gwen Amborski
The Morning Sword wraps up the Katerina trilogy nicely. The travel to Egypt is a nice touch in the book. Sometimes confusing with so many characters, this is a title that may force a reader to revisit the other books in the trilogy to remember details necessary to understand the plot. 3Q, 4P. Reviewer: Gwen Amborski, Teen Reviewer
Kirkus Reviews
The Katerina Trilogy wraps up with a sometimes-confusing but action-packed climax. Necromancer Katerina still yearns to attend medical school, but she satisfies her need to learn medicine with the tutelage of a Tibetan physician. She is at least partly motivated by her desire to cure her supernaturally afflicted love interest, the czar's son, George Alexandrovich. When the czar informs her that he approves of her marriage to George, it seems like a dream come true, until he also tells her that she cannot study medicine. Complex paranormal conflicts, set up in the first two books, now become even more labyrinthine, which may make readers wish they had created a score card while reading the previous two works. The Light and Dark Russian courts are at odds with each other, and an evil, undead pretender to the throne, Konstantin, has occupied the vampiric body of Danilo, a crown prince who attempted to forcibly marry Katerina in The Unfailing Light (2012). He--they?--kidnaps her and takes her to Egypt on a quest for an immensely powerful sword. Bridges has built a believable and flawlessly depicted world that effectively combines historical fact and paranormal fiction in this smart, romantic adventure. Characters remain well-realized, but multiple intrigues already set up in the trilogy make it impossible for this work to stand alone. Recommended for sophisticated readers who enjoy a fully immersive paranormal experience. (Paranormal romance. 11 & up)

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Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Katerina Trilogy Series , #3
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File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

ROBIN BRIDGES's previous YA novels are The Gathering Storm and The Unfailing Light, Volumes I and II in The Katerina Trilogy.

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The Morning Star (Katerina Trilogy Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
crayolakym More than 1 year ago
A sought after magic sword, hell-bent vampires, and a necromancer who wants nothing more than to have her powers forgotten and her dreams of being a doctor come true. There is only one slight problem, women in olde-Russia are forbidden to practice medicine by Tsar Alexander himself. Can she find the sword before the Tsar or anybody else finds it all while juggling the men in her life? “Konstantin is coming soon, Katerina. And he is looking for you, his necromancer.” Author Robin Bridge is a master character builder. The character personalities are surreal pulling you deep into their world; feeling their world as if actually there. Katerina is not only royalty, but she is a strong individual determined to define her own path even if danger is around every corner. Her will to do great things and not be a pawn of the court is commendable. The world building is solid and highly believable and when mixed with the (at-times) intense fantasy world of necromancy you are guaranteed a trip through history you won’t want to escape from. I definitely recommend picking up the first two books in this series and experiencing the entire Katerina Trilogy. *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review* *This review can be found at Musing with Crayolakym* *You can view the original review at San Francisco Book Review
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