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The Unfailing Light (Katerina #2)

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Lush and opulent, romantic and sinister, The Unfailing Light, Volume II in The Katerina Trilogy, reimagines the lives of Russia's aristocracy in a fabulously intoxicating and page-turning fantasy.

Having had no choice but to use her power has a necromancer to save Russia from dark forces, Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, now wants to forget that she ever used he...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mar 25, 2012 Asim marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
it is a nice cover.

as for the comments:

in the first book it already say's shes has blond hair * “Perhaps you would permit us to take him a lock of your hair, to show him what a beautiful golden color it is?”
“My hair?” I laughed nervously.*(also the hair color on the previous cover was pretty similar in terms of brightness)
definitely a corset, (Wikipedia - pic of a corset)

Katie(wrote a response to jennie) nailed it on the head(that corsets ca...more
Pam Steinke
GoodReads Synopsis: Having had no choice but to use her power has a necromancer to save Russia from dark forces, Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, now wants to forget that she ever used her special powers. She's about to set off to pursue her lifelong dream of attending medical school when she discovers that Russia's arch nemesis--who she thought she'd destroyed--is still alive. So on imperial orders, Katerina remains at her old finishing school. She'll be safe there, because the empr...more
I am as much in love with Katerina's story as when I finished book one. Katya is still as independent and inquisitive as ever--and still far from safe. After discovering that Russia's greatest nemesis is still alive in the grey, Katya is confined to the old finishing school she thought she had finally left behind. With her necromancer powers blooming, Katiya has also become a threat to the stability of the empress's home, as the empress wants to keep George in the Light Court, and his love for K...more
Gretchen Hohmeyer
When I finished my review of the first book of this series, I mentioned that despite my problems with the first book I wanted the second one because I had hopes Bridges would settle into the story and much more of it would make sense.

My prayers were answered.

I was deeply worried I wasn’t going to be able to remember much from the first book and that I had done this review a deep disservice by forgetting to bring book 1 to college with me. I was genuinely surprised to find that the first part of...more
Adrienne Amborski
Set in Russia’s Imperial Court of St. Petersburg in 1889, The Unfailing Light is the second installment in the Katerina Trilogy. Katerina, a seventeen year old duchess desires to break free from the conventions of her class and gender to become a doctor. However, Katerina harbors a secret talent, she is a necromancer and her ability to raise the dead is in high demand with the Light and Dark Faerie forces that rule over the tsar’s court. In the first book, The Gathering Storm , a premarital bloo...more
Kris at Book Wishes
There were so many interesting concepts of this story
Blood sucking moths that are vampires (new twist on vampires that I could safely sink my teeth into, unless I was a room mate to one then they would be sinking their teeth into me)
A HUGE struggle between light and dark faerie courts. (this was interesting because you start to question both sides, pick your side in the beginning of the book)
Loved the rich Historic places that Author Robin Bridges took me to, a book is an escape. Reading The Unf...more
Every aspect of this book pulls you in.
I mean, let's list:
Vampires (kinda)
The cover
The intrigue
Dark magic
The HOT prince (sorry, I'm addicted to these YA hotties. ;) )
The Plot
Stubborn Protagonist (LOL)
The setting (I don't know why), I've never read a book set in Russia.
... This could go on forever.

The Unfailing Light is true to it's preceding book in this series. It is just as captivating, intriguing, suspenseful, and HOT as the first. It does not disappoint.

Don't get me wrong, this was definitely a unique book that had a great storyline, I just couldn't seem to get into it. Maybe it's because I didn't read the first book in this series, but I found myself not being able to connect with Katerina and her story.

Katerina is a necromancer living in Russia in 1889. Katerina is so excited to finally be able to go to school to become a female doctor, but in order protect herself from the dark forces, she must stay at her finishing school where she'll be s...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
3.5 stars

Russian history has, for whatever reason (ngl, probably because of the movie Anastasia), always been among my favorites to read about, in both fiction and nonfiction. As such, Robin Bridges' debut The Gathering Storm sprinted to the top of my to-read pile a little over a year ago. I liked it, but not unreservedly. The Unfailing Light is one of those rare cases where I feel precisely the same about the sequel as I did the first book. If you liked The Gathering Storm, good news; you will...more
Alaina (Bibliophilic Barista)
I loved every minute I spent traveling back to the Russian Imperial Court. Robin Bridges did a great job of sucking me in to all the balls, palaces, and fights. This book moved much quicker for me than the first, and the plot was still just as captivating. I only ended up guessing a couple things that happened, and in the end all of the things I was confused about and extra plot points added tied together nicely. There were only a few little things that kept this from being five stars for me. Ev...more
The second book to Robin Bridges’ Katerina Series, The Unfailing Light, takes the reader back into 1889 Russia following the remarkable life of Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg. Like its predecessor, the tale with instantly captivate readers with Katerina’s special powers as a Necromancer. She once used this power before as she was left with no choice but to use in order to rid of the dark forces in Russia. As she’s about to pursue her dream of attending medical school, she would rath...more
Erin Arkin
Bridges does a great job of combining Russian aristocracy/history with the paranormal. Katiya's world is a mix of ballets and balls as well as werewolves, blood drinkers, faeries, zombies and magic. The fact that it all takes place in 19th Century Russia is what makes it different.

This book picks up pretty much where the last one left off. George and Katiya are in love but for many reasons, decide to keep things quiet. Because of her blood bond with Danilo, Katiya still has him in her head whic...more
Cover Gushing Worthiness:I think Trish Parcell has done a wonderful job with the cover design and Michael Frost’s jacket photography is beautiful. I like the wisps of smoke appearing behind Katerina. The Midnight Blue is also beautiful, although I do think Katerina’s dress steals the show. The pale Pink and high waist of the dress suits Katerina and the embroidery work done on the dress is gorgeous.

Review: As you know The Gathering Stormwas one of my favourite reads of the year and I’ve been loo...more
Ange (MarmaladeLibby of Libby Blog) Schmelzer
Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, is a necromancer. A very powerful necromancer who is the Zsar's connection to becoming an all-powerful creature who can protect Russia from evil. Except, this year Katiya is off to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a doctor by attending medical school. Perfect, right? Not quite. When it's discovered that Russia's greatest evil wasn't destroyed and is in fact trying everything he can to come back with all of his might, the Zsar forbids Katiya from...more
Kimba (Caffeinated Book Reviewer)
4.5 As one of my most highly anticipated books of 2012, I was delighted to step back in time to 1889 and visit the Russian Imperial Court in St. Petersburg. As the second installment in the Katerina trilogy, The Unfailing Light takes us back into the life of seventeen year old Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg. Once again I was swept up by the courts of dark and light. The tale captivated me and I only came up for air when I reached the end.

Katerina is enjoying holiday and looking forw...more
This review originally posted on Girls * Heart* Books on September 29, 2012
The Unfailing Light is the second book in The Katerina Trilogy. The first book, The Gathering Storm, was already on my To-Read list, so I was super excited to have an excuse to get to it. The idea intrigued me from the first time I read the summary, and the covers are beautiful-- It would've been one of those books I just bought due to the prettiness and unique backdrop if my bookstores ever had it. *cough*

While I had an...more
The Unfailing Light was everything I hoped for and more! Katerina remains one of my favorite heroines. She's smart, but way ahead of her time. Her goal is to become a doctor, although Russian medical schools do not admit women. Her plans to study abroad are foiled due to the threat of an old enemy, and she must return to her finishing school for an extra year to remain under the protection of the emperess' spell.

Although I enjoyed this book immensely, I was sad to see there wasn't much developm...more
Nicole Dreibelbeis
I enjoyed this installment in the Katerina trilogy (?) by Robin Bridges. I really enjoy the 19th century Russian setting, but I have to say the names get very confusing! I wish I could distinguish between the characters more easily, since political/court intrigue and double crossing come into play in the plot, and I have a hard time remembering who is allied to who. I think Katiya is a great protagonist- strong, independant, and determined, and I really enjoyed getting to know the other girls at...more
Diane Ferbrache
At the end of The Gathering Storm, Katerina helped save the royal family from the dark forces of evil. She is falling in love with George, the Tsar's son, but there's a problem. The Tsar would never let his son marry a necromancer, and Katerina really wants to go to medical school and become a doctor -- another no, no. Not to mention that Danilo, the vampire heir to the Montenegran throne wants to marry her too.

The second book in the Katerina trilogy, this one does what most 2nd books do -- con...more
Jennifer Wolf
Beautiful, romantic and fascinating. I adored reading the second book in this trilogy. It was alternately creepy, sweet, suspenseful, and romantic. I am absolutely amazed at how Bridges can weave so many paranoraml elements into a world that feels historically accurate (with the addition of ghosts, vampires and zombies). I can't wait to read number three!
Sarah Terese *Kili!*
Why do I keep reading these? Why oh why? Is it because, perhaps, I am hoping for some sort of clarity from the first book? I don't know. Whatever I was looking for, unless it was pain and mind torture, I didn't find it.

Clarifications (ie, full review) to come...
Mar 21, 2012 Sydney marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-series
I would say her waist bothers me a little but everyone needs to remember that in the late 1800s that was normal and desired of girls
The plot is kind of all over the place but I like the characters and the mythology.
And Georgi. He's the best.
Mar 25, 2012 Mira marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful cover, but the girl is way too photoshopped!
When Katerina Alexandrovna discovers that the Tsar himself has decided she must postpone going to medical school in Austria and instead return to Smolny Institute, a finishing school in St. Petersburg and the site of the first book in this series, I was just as disappointed as she was. It felt like a step backward to both of us. Being a necromancer with the ability to raise the dead gives Katerina dark powers she wishes she didn’t have, but she was able to use her powers to save the life of the...more
Katiya thought she'd be heading off for medical school, but the tsar has other plans. She is too remain at finishing school for another year. This is apparently in her best interest, but mostly the tsar wants to keep her and her powers close. The empress places a protection spell around the school so that nothing supernatural can get in or out. That means Katiya is basically a prisoner. The problem is, something wicked was awakened when the empress placed the spell. A malevolent ghost is on the...more
This whole review will toss spoilers in indiscriminately and I probably won't warn you. Except for this. This is your warning.

In some ways I liked this better than The Gathering Storm because Katiya knew, mostly, what was going on and also because she and George were open about their affection for one another. So even without as many balls there was considerably more romance. And I always enjoy the way he can read her mind and Robin Bridges works that in so fluidly.

But I knew about Alix since t...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Katerina, Duchess of Oldenburg has used her necromancy to save all of Russia and the Tsar in particular. But now she just wants to put it aside and go to medical school like she's always dreamed of, becoming a Doctor like her Father. Katiya is forced to put her plans on hold when she finds out that Lich Tsar, Konstantin, is still alive and after the Tsar. She is forced to return to the Smolny School and the Empress casts a spell to protect the school and keep all the girls from being able to lea...more
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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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