The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges
- Pub. Date: January 10, 2012
- Publisher:Random House Children's Books
- Pages: 400
- Series: Katerina Trilogy
First Line: Our family tree has roots and branches reaching all across Europe, from France to Russia, from Denmark to Greece, and in several transient and minute kingdoms and principalities in between.
The Gathering Storm is based during the late nineteenth century, and young Duchess Katerina just happens to be a Necromancer meaning she can raise the dead. Thinking that was all I was going to get as far as the paranormal department goes I was surprised to discover this book had vampires, witches, faeries, zombies, and many more supernatural creatures. Toss that in with a whole bunch of characters and names being thrown around at times the book got confusing because there was too much going on.
With the interesting concept I had really high hopes for the book and I did enjoy reading it but not to the extent I hoped I would. Katerina was a character I liked at times especially when she showed how passionate she was about not being part of the norm and becoming a doctor and whenever she decided to have a backbone and stand up for herself but there was also too many times in crucial moments when she let people push her around and it frustrated me so much.
As far as romance there is no real love triangle although the synopsis might make you believe that but there is none, what Katerina and Prince Danilo have is far from love...like etc it's all about the Grand Duke George Alexandrovich who in the beginning dislikes her for the dark aura that surrounds her but somehow somewhere falls madly in love with her and same goes with Katerina she can't stand him but eventually she is in love with him also...how and when that happens I have no clue but it does. Oddly I actually did like the Grand Duke.
Overall I loved the Historical Russia setting with the paranormal twist but there was too much going on and some very unnecessary pointless parts that can be taken out of the book which would actually make it a more enjoyable read.