Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The Gathering Storm
Author: Robin Bridges
Rating: 4 stars
Summary: 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?
Review: I find the story of Princess Anastasia fascinating, and was excited to pick up a book about Russian royalty. When the subject of vampires first came up, I was all "meh." But then there were zombies, sorceresses, werewolves, and necromancers. I was all "exciting!" At the beginning Katerina snubs the romance books where the girl ends up falling for what she calls the "surly boy," but she falls for one herself. "Meh" again. But she also wants to be a doctor, and go to medical school, and she's necromancer. "Yay!" Oh, and that thing about "who will she give her heart to?" I'd worry about which side I'm going to fight for in a possible undead war before I went out looking for a husband.