The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges – REVIEW

The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges
Release Date: January 10th, 2012
Random House, 386 Pages
Sub-genre: Historical Fiction AND Paranormal
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Katerina #1

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?

1888 Russia. Can you imagine it? Snow filled landscapes. Dazzling debutante balls. A royal family. And..a neocromancer?!

That’s right, people. Katerina aka Katiya is a necromancer! She brings people (and any other kind of living thing) back from the dead. And she’s a duchess. She’s strong, she’s smart – I loved her. When she involuntarily shows her “talent” in order to save a member of the royal family, trouble ensues in the form of an evil family with plans for her. What will she do?

This was exactly the kind of book I needed to get me back into the mood for paranormal reads. After reading so many, I was feeling like there was a slight lull in creativity; but not here, folks. This was a magical setting – Ms. Bridges was able to take Imperial Russia and immerse me into it. It felt like a totally other worldly place. I loved the fancy balls and the way they call each other by their proper titles (though, yes it was slightly confusing at times). And so many crazy twists and turns.

I can’t wait for the second installation in this series. If you’re a fan of paranormal reads, you will love this.

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