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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  2,699 ratings  ·  502 reviews
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 use...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Rane

Set in a time of Russia where the old, superstitions and folklore clash and give away to the new of science and new medicines. The Dark and Light court serve the tsar as old forces that were once banished arise anew, stronger with a young woman Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg deals with her dark ability that may end up saving all she knows and loves.

Robin Bridges could not have set this book at a better time, where old is giving into new ideas and thoughts, but the old ways are sti...more
Truly Bookish
With the combination of historical and paranormal elements plus a beautiful cover, The Gathering Storm is the kind of book I adore. In theory. In reality, this book did not deliver for me like I wanted it to.

Prior to reading, I though The Gathering Storm was a historical novel with some paranormal elements, but it’s more of a paranormal novel in a historical setting. Almost all the characters are fey, witches, vampires, werewolves, zombies or necromancers with our main character, Katerina being...more
Tori [Bottles of Summer]
I hate it when I look forward to a book, only to find that it was nothing like what I expected... and in a bad way. THE GATHERING STORM has an interesting premise, however, it disappointed me with its lackluster execution.

Let it be known that a few reviewers have stated on Goodreads that the second half of the novel is where things start to pick up, whereas the first half is dedicated to the numerous balls and social gatherings Katerina attends. Perhaps this is what ultimately contributed to my...more
Ria
2.5: Basically, I'm fluctuating between a 'like it' and 'it was ok' rating.
The Good:
- I decently liked the main character. I stand by her for sticking to her unrealistic dreams.
- I enjoyed the ball scenes. This may just be the fantasy buff in me, but I could definitely visualize the court goings-on.
- The inner conflict about the necromancy was good.
- I hold historical fiction near and dear to my heart, and the fantasy element was nice.
- The romance was cute (if not downright convenient at t...more
rameau
Let's look at the blurb. The time and place:

St. Petersburg, Russia, 1888. As she attends a whirl of glittering balls...


That right there, ugh, I should hate it. On the other hand it's historical, which I absolutely love, but on the other hand it's Russia and we Finns have a long history with Russians. On the other hand, it's Imperial Russia and the tsar is the son of Alexander II who we Finns love, never mind what he did to the rest of his subjects, we love him. (If you're interested to know why...more
Katy
I am very fascinated by the Russian era of the Romanovs so this book was a big hit for me. There were a few things that bothered me (see below) but not enough to drop it down to three stars - maybe more of a 3.5.

I was intrigued by not only by Bridge’s version of royal society but also her story about necromancers, vampires, witches, fairies and all the other paranormal elements.

Lately, I’ve been finding that I’m getting bored of paranormal because the storyline is always the same. I thought Bri...more
Erin
Find this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....

One might be hard-pressed to finish The Gathering Storm without referencing Wikipedia, but it is equally difficult to complete the novel without being entertained by this impressive debut. The book isn’t without flaw, but Bridges’ rich recreation of turn of the century Russia is brilliant and her integration of Gothic folklore and the paranormal, nothing short of fascinating.

At first glance the book seems character heavy. I...more
Hilda
Young duchess Katerina Alexandrovna has a wonderful gift of necromancy which she regards as a curse. The gift/curse makes her wanted by both dark and light powers. The Tsar’s second son, Grand Duke George, deduces Katerina’s power and reminds her ‘nicely’ not to ever use her dark power. The crown prince of Montenegro, the gorgeous Prince Danilo, wants Katerina for his own agenda, which is suspiciously involved with blood sucking. Katerina has to learn how to waltz among the dark and light faerie...more
Alan
The short review:
1. To me the female lead (Katerina) isn't a strong female character.
2. There are just too many "beings" in the story.

I liked the idea and setting of the story, Russia during the imperial period, with Faberge and Tchaikowsky and Tostoy. Although there is an endless list of imperial titles.

Katerina, while she starts out looking and feeling like a strong female lead with her desire to become a doctor and continue on in her education, as the story progresses she has too many instanc...more
Ashelynn
The Gathering Storm was a different book, that’s for sure. Historical fiction with a touch of paranormal for the paranormal readers delight.

There were many times were I came *this* close to putting down The Gathering Storm, and if I hadn’t been in the car for most of it, I’m pretty sure I would have and not look back. There wasn’t—and still— that much in The Gathering Storm to keep me hooked. I just didn’t care if Katiya figured out a way to get out of the deal she drug herself into thanks to he...more
Surin
While it had some interesting concepts, the writing was pretty unpolished and at times dare I say come off as comical. I don't think the author did a good job of blending the paranormal fantasy elements with reality. The introduction of vampires, werewolves and fairies was just so strange I really couldn't take the book seriously at any given time. It almost felt like none of it was real (but it was actually!!) and that characters were just overtly superstitious. The plot itself is confusing and...more
Dark Faerie Tales
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Quick & Dirty: The politics of Romanov Russia are brought to a new level–the Dark and Light Faerie courts, intertwined with the Imperial family, are threatened by vampires. The dangerous and multi-layered court life is brought to life in this historical paranormal.

Opening Sentence: 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...more
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Well, I'm not sure what to think of this one. I should have expected an element of paranormal based on the synopsis, but I didn't anticipate the direction of this one. If Buffy the Vampire slayer went back in time to tell history, that would describe my impression of the book. Now don't get me wrong, it wasn't a terrible read... but it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows either.


I loved the setting. Russia in the 1800s is a fantastic setting for a story. There is just so much that could be done wit...more
Kelly
The Gathering Storm is the first in the Katerina Trilogy by Robin Bridges. The trilogy blends historical fiction with the paranormal, and is set in St. Petersburg, Russia, in the late 19th century.

Bridges immerses us in an evocative setting. The pageantry of the Russian court is combined with that hard-to-describe fairy tale mood. Even though we see through the eyes of a heroine who doesn't really like all the pageantry, we are swept away into a world that is elegant but filled with dark secrets...more
Kimba
The Gathering Storm is the debut novel of Robin Bridges and the first in her Katerina Trilogy. Bridges' paranormal novel delivers, from the historical aspects of Russia to the supernatural. This was a delightful tale of vampires, fairies, werewolves, witches, necromancers and other supernatural creatures. A combination of Russian history and folklore make this an exciting, addictive read.

The protagonist Is Katerina Alexandrovna, she is the Duchess of Oldenburg, residing in Russia during the reig...more
Ellen
I am not going to lie. I saw the city St. Petersburg, Russia and thought it was going to be more so about the history. As I started reading the book I was a little disappointed. It was in the genre of paranormal books. Don’t get me wrong. I love reading paranormal book but it wasn’t what I had expected. I had went back to my to-read list and re-read the description and realized the description I had read earlier was for another book and that would explain my disappointment.
The book was well writ...more
Jill Myles
I read an early version and this is such a cool, unique book. It's a fabulous concept - a teenage noble in Czarist Russia who can raise the dead and has necromancy powers. There's a lot of hidden, dark magic in Katerina's world and it's just fabulous and engrossing and a little bit spooky. I can't wait for this one to come out. :)
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
Robin Bridges brings a whole new life to 1880's Russia with her novel about a young, aristocratic, female necromancer. This is a novel that was another slow-starter for me. I was mildly interested and intrigued by Bridges' magically fantastical and dangerous world set in St. Petersburg, but I wasn't well and truly hooked until late in the game - when I was about 300 pages into the novel and less than a hundred from the end. With a disquieting introduction featuring and honing in on the young Kat...more
Jennifer Rinehart
Duchess Katerina Alexandrovna is very different from your average teen heroine. She goes to balls and is escorted through the snowy streets in a horse drawn sled. Her closest friends are other young royals and she is being groomed to marry into one of the royal families. Her days are filled with dance lessons, embroidery and fantastical clothing, oh, also witches, fae, vampires, werewolves, undead soldiers and evil scheming suitors.

So, really, her life is completely unlike my own. But in spite o...more
Kavanand
The Gathering Storm requires some major suspension of disbelief on the part of the reader. But if you can get on board with that, it's an enjoyable read.

It's the story of a Russian duchess, Katerina of Oldenburg (shouldn’t that be Ekaterina if she’s Russian?). She's related to the imperial family, and she leads a luxurious life in pre-revolutionary Russia. She's not your average royal--she wants nothing more than to be allowed to go to medical school. Oh, and she can raise the dead, a fact she...more
Kara-karina
4.5/5
I always approach authors writing about Russia or Russians with great trepidation, because there are very few of them who really know what they are talking about. The majority is happy with dancing bears and rivers of vodka. Robin Bridges, on the other hand, I loved!

I know a lot of people complained about difficult names and bizarre ceremonies, but to be honest, I haven't noticed any of that. Robin Bridges took a beautiful period in Russian history on the verge of great changes and created...more
Diana
Robin Bridges’ debut novel, The Gathering Storm, is the first installment in a planned trilogy that centers on Katerina Alexandrovna of Oldenburg. Katerina is a debutante, descendant of Catherine the Great, and a necromancer. She attends the Smolny Institute, a boarding school for girls. Amongst her peers are the princesses of Montenegro, who discover her dark secret when she uses her skills to protect the heir of Czar Alexander III. Soon, she is entangled in a web of political intrigue mingled...more
Alyssa Udall
Originally posted at Redhead Heroines!

The Gathering Storm is a lush, rich and unique young adult paranormal with a memorable heroine!

Amidst Russia's debutante society, we follow Katerina through boarding school, royal parties, and a chilling paranormal plot. Katerina's voice is very unique; she is plucky and astute, immediately equating the galas she attends to meat markets, where royal girls like her are the prize pigs. It is difficult not to like her!

However, once Katerina becomes more involv...more
Samantha
There was a lot to like here, but unfortunately there was just as much that bothered me in a nagging kind of way. First of all, I'm a little biased when it comes to stories set in Russia during this time. loved learning about 19th and 20th Century Russian Literature in college and even took Intro to Russian Culture (the professor was awesome as well) so I'm always up for a good story set during this time period.

The scenery, costumes and pageantry of Katerina's privileged lifestyle were fun and...more
Pixie
Review also found at http://the-bookaholic.blogspot.com

I hate having to write bad reviews. Really, I do. But I’m not going to be dishonest either when it comes to something I just didn’t like.
And it wasn’t the fact that it was just terrible-- The Gathering Storm was written beautifully, in an elegant style with such an intriguing premise and crafty characters. Not only that, I adore Russia: the literature, the history and the legends.

So, what was my problem?

It was just too much and all over th...more
Melissa
Nov 28, 2011 Melissa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: April Brown and sisters
This is a new young adult series that has lots of great elements. A little supernatural, some undead, vampires, werewolves, dark magic and a good romance. I was a little worried this would be a dark book with all these elements but it was surprisingly handled well. Very Young adult. The book had a good story, but started out slow and there were many names to learn. The Russian royals were everywhere and everyone was a prince or princess of something. It was difficult to follow who everyone was a...more
Sydney
I really liked this book! Quite a bit actually. The cover doesn't do it justice, to be honest when looking at the cover I expected a childish very predictable, immature story. Yet it ws the opposite of those very things! It was fast-paced, filled with romance, dangerous, and tantalizing dark turns. Almost every aspect of this novel, save the cover, drew me in so deeply! It was really good. I suggest ALL paranormal romance readers check out this book!
Kathleen
The plot was intriguing and the setting was enchanting but I found myself counting the pages til the last page. I found the main character annoying because of her indecisiveness and her misplaced noble acts. I found her logic and her actions contradictory and based too much on her unreliable and fast changing emotions.

I also found the writing style too distracting. I felt like I was listening to a speech which kept getting cut short every after 5 words. It was annoying. I think the story flow w...more
Justin Bremer
I made it through six chapters, then just left it in the break room at work. I spent most of that time wrestling with the guilt of writing this book off while only having read about 15% of it, but I've got plenty more books on my "to read" list that (hopefully) won't have me beating my head on the table.

Of course the premise was interesting - it got me to try, didn't it? Towards the end of the reign of the Russian Tsars, magic is real, science is gaining steam, and one girl walks the line betwee...more
Marian
Read this on Net Galley, Thanks! I enjoyed the glitter, glamour and danger of the Russian Vampyre court---
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By day, Robin is a mild-mannered writer of fantasy and paranormal fiction for young adults. By night, she is a pediatric nurse. Robin lives on the Gulf Coast with her husband, one teenager, and two slobbery mastiffs. THE GATHERING STORM is her first novel.
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