Saturday, June 20, 2015
The Gathering Storm - Robin Bridges
A paranormal historical fiction aimed towards the teenaged group. Hit or miss? A hit.
This book is the first book in the Katerina Alexandrovna trilogy. If the name doesn't give it away, it is based in Russia. The Romanov's are in charge. There are faeries, werewolves, vampires, witches, necromancers, and other supernatural creatures all over the place. Interested yet?
The story follows along Katerina Alexandrovna. She is part of the upper class, so shes always surrounded by princesses, duchesses, princes, Queens, and all sorts of royalty. She always has to attend some ball or another, keep a sweet face, not let anyone know there is something different about her... And there is something different about her. She can raise the dead.
She hates that she can raise the dead, but then the wrong (or the right?) people discover what she can do. So now she has to stratigically plan her moves in advance and hope she puts her trust into the right people. There are fairies, multiple types of vampires, and the occasional risen dead she has to watch out for.
At some points, there is so much going on that it is hard to follow along, but it is an amazing read. Don't even try to keep track of who is related to who, it is will only give you a headache in the long run. The world is fantastic, beautifully written. The supernatural aspect of it all is wonderful (though who knew there were so many different kinds of vampires!)
There is a lot of promise for this trilogy and I hope the second one doesn't fall short like so many second books seem to do nowadays.
The book is on shelves now, so go get it!
4 out of 5 stars.
Review based on an ARC of The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges