The Katerina Trilogy, Vol. I: The Gathering Storm
by Robin Bridges
Publisher Random House Children's Books
available January 10 2012
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?
The Katerina Trilogy/Gathering Storm
Necromancers, vampires,faeries dark and light, royalty...This book has it all!! What an incredible book! Loved it! A ride through Russian history in the time Tsar Alexander. The story focuses on young Katerina Alexandrovna, daughter of a minor aristocrat. She possesses the supernatural power of necromancy. She sees it not as a gift but as a curse. Her 'gift' becomes known to the family of a smaller, but powerful kingdom. They are a family of dark vampires! They want her power any way they can get it. Poor Katerina is stuck in the middle. Don't feel badly for her, though, she is a very strong character. She knows how to take care of herself. She also has the love of one who can provide her safety. This is the first in a series. It ended with a bang...cannot wait to read the next in the series.