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Book Review: The Gathering Storm (Katerina Chronicles Vol 1) by Robin Bridges

Posted on the 14 December 2011 by Darthclavie @DarthClavie

Book Review: The Gathering Storm (Katerina Chronicles Vol 1) by Robin BridgesAt First Sight: Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg is a debutante in the St. Petersburg Court of 1888, while on the outside she looks like any other rich young woman trying to catch a rich, noble husband, she has a dangerous and dark secret: she's a necromancer.
And, as it turns out, she's surrounded by magic and strange things, plots to control and possibly destroy the Imperial family; and she's in the center of everything, caught between the duty to her country, the wishes of her family and the people trying to expose her secrets.
Second GlanceThe Gathering Storm sounded like quite an adventure and I have a particular fondness for all things Russia, but try as I may, I just couldn't like this book.
I can't really go into many details because I don't want to spoil the book for those who do want to read it but I felt like I was dropped in the middle of an already on-going situation, where there hadn't been much of a set up so I could understand, I was then given a lot of useless information but told really little about  what was happening.
Plus, I wasn't sure how serious people were about the whole magic thing and what was simple superstition- like I didn't know the actual standard for the regular people, did they believe or didn't they? it was never quite clear - and I think the involvement of 'real' historical characters - or sketches of them - were in detriment to the story because it just made it That Much Harder to believe.
Bottom Line: I don't think the Gathering Storm did a good job of launching the Katerina Chronicles, since it was rather confusing and offered very little information to keep you hooked - in my opinion - I did like some of the characters, though. The Gathering Storm comes out January 10th, 2012.star1/2

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