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The Katerina Trilogy, Vol. I: The Gathering Storm

by Robin Bridges

Random House Children's Books | July 30, 2013 | Hardcover

The Katerina Trilogy, Vol. I: The Gathering Storm is rated 4 out of 5 by 5.
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?

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.5 × 5.88 × 1.33 in

Published: July 30, 2013

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385740220

ISBN - 13: 9780385740227

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book The Book was great and I couldn't put it down. The setting of Late Imperial Russia was great too. Definitely recommend it :)
Date published: 2012-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A great set-up to the next two installments The premise is an interesting one, with the history and detail seemingly well-researched. (I say seemingly, only because I personally don't know enough about that time period to say it was or wasn't) The flow of the narrative is a fairly easy one to follow and moves along quite nicely. The one thing I found a bit confusing was keeping track of who was who. Bridges has a preface in the beginning explaining how people are named at this time, etc. but all the names/nicknames/titles being used was a bit hard to follow. I liked that Katerina is a strong female character. Even when she's the subject of male attention or facing interference from her elders, she still holds firm to her ambitions to become a doctor. I loved the mix of historical fiction with a bit of paranormal twist to it. However, the cover doesn't do the book justice. Judging by the cover (and I know you shouldn't do that, but we all do), I had quite a different idea on what the book was like. Pleasantly surprised though. The first in a trilogy, The Gathering Storm is filled with action and intrigue. A great set-up to the next two installments. This and other reviews can be found at JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2012-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Russia and magic = a winning combination! This book takes place in imperial Russia!!! I love imperial Russia!! Sorry that was a bit of an outburst but seriously I really do love books set in this time period. It is arguably one of the five best places you could set a novel. I just find it so magical and mysterious. There's also so much history coming out of Russia at that time (which I may or may not be obsessed with as well). This meant that right away, from the very first chapter I was completely enamoured with this story. It was also great to read this book in winter when my current surrounding of snow and cold matched the setting of the story. Now since this setting already has a mysterious quality to it, the paranormal element just seemed to fit so perfectly. It didn't feel overly cheesy or silly. I actually think it added just the right touch of darkness and intrigue that kept me hanging on throughout the entire novel. This book combines a variety of supernatural creatures, including fairies, vampires and what are essentially zombies. All of which we've seen a lot of recently in the YA genre. But due to the historical nature of this tale and the mixing in of Russian folklore, it all felt very unique and fun to read about. In addition it was nice to see them all converge in one place and react to one another. Robin Bridges' debut is an exciting and creative read. It combines one of my favourite settings, with a lot of standard paranormal characters and it does it in a way that feels fresh and original. To me this book is definitely a must read. This and other reviews at Christa's Hooked on Books (http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com)
Date published: 2012-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Start to Trilogy! What first captured my attention about The Gathering Storm was its setting in Imperial Russia, a time when the Russian Empire ruled with tremendous power and grand balls took place in mansions filled with glamour and wealth. Isn't that such a gorgeous image? And as soon as I learned The Gathering Storm would not only be historical fiction and that the supernatural was interwoven into the plot, I just knew I had to get my hands on a copy as soon as possible. There is so much about The Gathering Storm that I want to talk about, but I can't because it would only give something away! So please forgive me for being intentionally vague when I say that the plot description doesn't really serve the book justice at all. It's more like an appetizer to the main course! Robin Bridges has created a complex world filled with danger and secrets that could turn the tide in a power struggle that's been raging beneath the surface for quite some time. Faeries, vampires, werewolves and more, I was fascinated by the new approach Robin Bridges has undertaken by tackling the paranormal and combining it along with European nobility, making readers question everyone's true natures. At the heart of the struggle between dark and light is Katerina Alexandrovna, a young Duchess who has suddenly become a powerful player— and target — in a dangerous game she hadn't even realized she'd entered. When her abilities as a necromancer are discovered after trying to protect a member of the Imperial family, Katerina must place aside her fears and arm herself with knowledge. She's a stronger girl than she realizes, if only she can have the confidence to believe her dark magic talents don't also equate to being a bad person as well. And as if that weren't enough, Katerina finds herself drawn between two young men, one who infuriates her more often than not... and one whose intentions are far from pure. The only element that stopped me from completely falling in love with the novel was that there was almost too much to take in. There are many characters to recognize who are supporting different sides for their own interests, and while part of me was reading the novel in awe by the sheer complexity Robin Bridges has imagined in her novel... the other part of me felt a little over my head by all the details and names. I wanted to race through the book to discover what would happen next, but at the same time, I read carefully so I could better understand the events. Robin Bridges' debut novel is an impressive blend of Russian history meeting the supernatural! The Gathering Storm was an enthralling start to a trilogy I'm sure will only get better and better from here! You can also read this review at: http://midnightbloomreads.blogspot.com/2012/01/gathering-storm-by-robin-bridges-review.html
Date published: 2012-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Wonderful Russian Setting! *A copy was provided by the publisher pre-onsale date for review purposes* The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges was a major exception for me. How so? I typically don't read many historical fiction titles. They never seem to work out for me because of my unawareness to their accuracy, which leaves me quite on edge with suspicion while reading them (which, as you'd guess, doesn't leave very much room for me to enjoy the novel itself). However, The Gathering Storm worked it's way onto my read list with it's setting and premise. St.Petersburg Russia, how could you possibly turn down a setting like that? Unlike several other readers, I personally get quickly tired of the constant US settings in the YA genre. Overall, it dwindles my feelings for the novels. I enjoy exotic and out of this world settings, even a revamped US setting works it's way into my heart from time to time. So with that said, the 1800's Russian setting was an absolute must, and with all the positive things I'd heard about Robin Bridges I absolutely had to take a stab at it! A Wonderful Russian Setting! Diving into The Gathering Storm, I was immediately introduced to the luxurious and fast paced life of one Katerina Alexandrovna, the Duchess of Oldenberg and royal debutante. Admittedly, the real intense action didn't start off immediately, which I was quite thankful for. This "calm before the storm", if you will, gave me the opportunity to learn about Katerina, about the novel's setting, and about it's secondary characters. Unfortunately, Katerina wasn't quite the protagonist I had hoped she would be. Although she was appealing, with an eager personality, I couldn't quite grasp her. As I moved further into the novel, I began to notice how little she provided in making the dialogue move forward. It almost seemed like she was moving behind it, if that makes any sense at all. Necromancy - I Love It! Necromancy, I've always been one to hop out of my chair at the mention of it. In the past I've noticed just how much I've loved novels about necromancy and necromancers. The Gathering Storm was no exception to the rule - I adored it's paranormal aspect of necromancy. In fact, The Gathering Storm holds a substantial background behind that aspect, which wonderfully gets added to as the novel progresses. As I reached towards the end of the novel, I began to notice how large the story had grown. It was quite surprising, to say the least, but it opened up a series of unpredictable paths that The Gathering Storm's sequel could follow. I don't know about you, but I'm extremely eager to see where Robin Bridges takes the story! The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges was a wonderful supernatural novel with an excellent historical setting! Readers with a passion for Russian settings, romance and mystery will love it!
Date published: 2012-01-02

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The Katerina Trilogy, Vol. I: The Gathering Storm

The Katerina Trilogy, Vol. I: The Gathering Storm

by Robin Bridges

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.5 × 5.88 × 1.33 in

Published: July 30, 2013

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385740220

ISBN - 13: 9780385740227

About the Book

In St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1888, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret--that she has the ability to raise the dead--but when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue.

From the Publisher

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?

About the Author

By day, I am a mild-mannered writer of fantasy and paranormal fiction for young adults.  By night, I'm a pediatric nurse.  I live on the Gulf Coast with my husband, one soon-to-be teenager, and two slobbery Mastiffs.  I like playing video games and watching Jane Austen movies.  (Alas, if only there was a Jane Austen video game!) THE GATHERING STORM is my first novel.
 
You can find me on LiveJournal, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads. 

Editorial Reviews

"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


Appropriate for ages: 12