Review: The Gathering Storm

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Gathering StormThe Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges
Series: Katerina #1
Published by Delacorte BFYR on January 10, 2012
Genres: Historical, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

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?

There’s no doubt that this is a unique book. I certainly haven’t read any other books with a similar subject. Honestly, I do not yet know how I feel about this book. I definitely enjoyed reading it, and I found the story compelling. However, the setting and the mythology here is also really weird, so weird, in fact, that I had difficulty settling into the rhythm of the story.

Also, I do not really like Katerina. I do like her passion for medicine and the fact that she is determined to become a doctor, even though it seems pretty much impossible for her to do so. However, why does she always almost swoon when anything gross happens? Umm, as a doctor, she’ll need to not do that. Another good quality of hers is that she doesn’t want to be forced into marriage or fulfilling her social role. What bothered me, though, was that for all her lofty ideals and moral fortitude, she didn’t apply herself. She has so much power, but does not make good use of it. To be a doctor, she must be smart, but she doesn’t act that way much of the time.

Still, I did really like Georgi, the Grand Duke. He has a very Darcy air about him that, unsurprisingly, thrills me.

I definitely plan to read more of this series. Hopefully, Katerina will make better use of her awesome qualities, there will be more Georgi and the paranormal stuff will be further explained.

5 responses to “Review: The Gathering Storm”

  1. I have found this book to be really hit or miss w/ readers. Sorry it was a miss for you! I love anything with Russian themes so I probably will still check it out, but thanks for the honest review:)

    • Christina says:

      It wasn’t a miss exactly, but I’d built it up to be something astounding in my head. The Gathering Storm is a solid, fun read. I enjoyed it and will definitely continue the series.

  2. This does sound really interesting. I don’t have too much of a hype going for it in my head, so because of that I think I might enjoy it more than you did?

    Doesn’t that suck when if you weren’t as hyped for a book, you could have probably enjoyed it more?!

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