The Gathering Storm (Katerina #1) by Robin Bridges
Publication Date: January 10th 2012
Details: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Source: I bought it
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?
I have wanted to read this book since it came out. I just never got around to picking it up. Just so many books, so little time. So it has been sitting on my shelves for years. I recently got books two and three in the trilogy and decided now was the time to finally read it.
I didn’t go into this book with super high expectations because I haven’t really heard much about it. Actually, I don’t think I’ve heard much about the entire trilogy. This might have been a good thing because I ended up really enjoying it. I did have some trouble at first with the names and keeping all the characters straight. However, once I got the hang of it, I really go into the story. I didn’t want to put it down and read it in two days.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book and I can’t wait to read the next one, The Unfailing Light.