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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I started this series to take my mind off of my father's failing health. He sadly passed away and I didn't finish this book because grim reality finally caught up with me.
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