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?
What a spectacular debut book! Got to learn a bit about life was life for some in the 1880's, close to the modern time, but yet not here yet. And how it could've been, if there were things like fairy courts,vampires, and werewolves and the like. So much fun!
I enjoyed that this was a historical fiction book, even if it's so close to our time (just 130 or so years) and how different and yet the same some things are, and yeah, the magic, which was just awesome, thought I wish that we'd gotten a bit more detail, and explanation, because it was interesting!
The family tree was very confusing. And very big. And some people were mentioned lie, once, never to be mentioned again, and I wish that we could've gotten a whatchmacallit, *brain whirls* can't think of the world, but like a picture, the one of a tree with names on leaves, and yeah, so that things could be traced and such.
I really enjoyed everything that happened in this book, even if I didn't always understand quite what was happening, because it was interesting, and it was written well, and I really enjoyed Katerina as a narrator! I can't wait till there's more in the series because it was really good!
This was a really good book, and I can't wait for more books!
Author: Robin Bridges
Series: Katrina Trilogy #1
Read: July 13th, 2012
Reason Why: It sounded awesome, and it's a YAHFC book, DAC book, and LLFL Book!
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Published: January 10th 2012