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The Morning Star (Katerina #3)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  457 ratings  ·  68 reviews
St. Petersburg, Russia, 1890

Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, wants to be known as a doctor, not a necromancer. But Tsar Alexander III forbids women to attend medical school; his interest in Katerina extends only to her ability to raise the dead. Twice now, Katerina has helped him by using her power to thwart the forces of darkness—vampires bent on resurrecting
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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It was nice to read how this story played out but I'm kind of left unsatisfied, even though all the story threads were tied up.

I begrudgingly like how she incorporated the history of the Russian dynasty into this fantasy. But I don't like that the cost of that is a not entirely happy ending.

And even though the story was tied up, I feel like she never really delved into this world she created as much as I wanted. Through all three books I've wanted to know more about the Light and Dark courts,
Charlotte  Black

A huge thank you to Random House for letting me review this book to give my honest opinion.

It's such a happy and sad moment when you reach the end of such an exciting series. The Katerina Trilogy is one of my all time favourite reads and I've read the first two books many times in eagerness, quietly waiting for the third and last book. I had so many expectations of what would happen. Would George be cured of his mystery illness? Would Katiya and George finally be able to marry? What would happen
Leah (Jane Speare)
I guess I never really was a huge fan of this series to begin with. I liked it enough to keep going, but the way it was written really made it hard to follow at all, so I just picked it up here and there and that's how I got through. Not saying it's a bad series by any means, you just have to pay attention to all the Russian names and relations etc.

So it's a nice ending to the series, but the last chapters felt rushed and completely unexpected, a tad out of character? Also, through the last two
Andreea Pop
Jan 11, 2013 Andreea Pop marked it as to-read
Uuu, look at that cover! Beauty <3
The final book in The Katerina Trilogy holds up to the others and then some. The book begins with George and Katerina eloping, but with all things - it is not that easy. The lich czar Konstantin is held within Danilo's body, the Order of St John, the Order of St Lazarus, the Order of The Black Lily, and even the bogatyr/czar all come to a head when the search for The Morning Star leads to Egypt.
The Morning Star is a sword that controls the Grigori can only be touched and wielded by a "pure" necr
Adrienne Amborski
Following The Gathering Storm and The Unfailing Light, The Morning Star concludes the Katerina Trilogy. Set in Russia’s Imperial Court of St. Petersburg in 1890, the author Bridges blends historical facts and paranormal elements to create a luxuriant world combining tsars and duchesses with vampires, werewolves, and other mystical beings. Seventeen year old duchess Katerina’s ability to raise the dead as a necromancer deems her to be a valuable pawn in the power struggle between the dark and lig ...more
Kris at Book Wishes
I recommend this book the last one in the trilogy by Robin Bridges. I read book 2 and gave it 5 stars. Instead of starting with what I liked let me tell you why I didn't give it 5 stars first I thought that this book was awesome but I still would love to be able to pronounce the names of all the characters. I do realize that author Robin Bridges was trying to stay true to historical names but come on with the names too much. I didn't like how there seem to be so much going on, last book it was j ...more
Overall, I enjoyed this series. There is something distinctly romantic and mysterious about books set in the late 1800s. I don't know what it is but I love them. It must have something to do with all the fancy dresses, the balls, the chivalry and the innocence of the characters. If you love that time period, then you'll likely enjoy these books. However despite the love of the time period these books are set in, I was left feeling like something was missing at the end of the third novel. The aut ...more
Diane Ferbrache
Picking up where book 2 left off, Katerina is now studying surreptitiously with a Tibetan doctor, still in love with George, and still pursued by Danilo who is permanently connected to her because he drank her blood. Katya is kidnapped by Konstantin who has taken over Danilo’s body and seeks The Morning Star, the sword of angels that will restore him to the Russian throne.

This volume is a nice wrap up to the series. You find out who Katerina ends up with and whether she achieves her dream of bec
Becky Keir Grace
The conclusion to the Katerina Trilogy left me scratching my head a bit. I liked the book, but found myself slightly confused.

In this novel Katiya and George are giving permission from the Tsar to marry! However, that comes at a cost. Katiya must give up her dreams of being a doctor. She can not give that up so they agree to run away together, however, things do not go according to plan and Katiya is kidnapped by the Crown Prince, Danilo, of Montenegro. She is taken to Egypt to search for the Mo
3.5 stars, just because the ending was a bit disappointing and the exploration of the world-building never really provided as much detail as I would have liked. Still, I really enjoyed the series.
Brittany M.

This one was so hard to review. I do love this series, but I had so many high expectations for The Morning Star and they just weren’t met. I had hoped that Robin Bridges would only expand upon the lavish world she had created in both The Gathering Storm and The Unfailing Light, but instead I felt that we were backpedalling in some way all throughout this one.

The bulk of the book is set in Egypt, where Katerina is helpless against the Lich Tsar (now controlling Danilo, the Crown Prince of Monte
Aug 25, 2014 May rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
Well, another series finally done.

I did like this series. It had a unique take on necromancy, and an interesting premise about how all these magical creatures and factions fit into Russian nobility.

This book, though, didn't see as strong as the others. It seems to have served the sole purpose of wrapping up the issues in the other books, without having a strong storyline itself. And while I don't dislike Katerina, she felt wimpy here. (view spoiler)
An entrancing conclusion for this exotic, darkly beautiful series

This book's combination of Russian royalty with mystical occult beings is a match-up made in, well maybe not heaven, but wow! It makes an irresistible story-line for fans of YA fiction with an interest in the nineteenth century and a love of plots full of paranormal characters. The Morning Star, which is the third and final book in The Katerina Trilogy, manages to incorporate a lot of historical facts while recasting actual members
Laurie Treacy
(Rating: 4.5) The Gathering Storm made me appreciate the hard work of crafting fiction out of history. Robin Bridges deftly created a wondrous Russia of the 18th century, complete with costumes, various settings, touched upon politics and medicine, while adding in mystery, suspense and romance. Did I mention the supernatural world of the Light and Dark fae courts, werewolves, vampires, necromancers and one determined aristocratic young woman bent on becoming a doctor? By the time I finished The ...more
Midnight Bloom
Despite some of the faults I may have found with the series as a whole, I honestly did feel The Morning Star was absolutely addicting to read! When Katerina finds herself kidnapped and taken to Egypt to search for a powerful sword called the Morning Star, she will have to keep her wits about her to prevent the sword from falling into enemy hands. Fast-paced and adventurous, Robin Bridges's The Morning Star captures the opulence of the Russian Empire and adds danger to every page.

There were times
Megan Bacchus
I love this series. It is beautifully written and the setting is so captivating that takes you right into the time period and country. What I love about these books is the diverse range of character types and characters as well as the fact that you are transported to the locations Katerina goes to. We get a very clear picture on Egypt from that time period which was really neat but I don’t like the deviation away from Russia. I loved the very Russian feel of the first book and I just wished that ...more
The Morning Star was so much better than The Unfailing Light! It definitely exceeded my expectations and left me wanting more! After temporarily beating Konstantin, Katiya is anxiously waiting for him to return and come for her. She’s told about a heavenly sword that will defeat him for good, but no one knows how to get to it. All they know is that only a powerful necromancer can wield it. Meanwhile, Katiya is secretly studying medicine and holding on to hope that she can one day fulfill her dre ...more
So, I was not in love with the ending of this series. I found that the pacing felt off. Sometimes I was sucked in, but for the most part I found that the story dragged a bit. Don't get me wrong I loved the series and liked this book. I just did not find it to be as strong as the other books in the series. I was satisfied with the end of the series though.
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Kelly Sierra
“The vampire princess had no tears… she cradled Konstantin Pavlovich’s body to hers. Then, seething in her hatred for the supernatural knight protector of Russia who had killed his own brother, she chated vile curses against the Romanovs…”
As you guessed The Katerina Trilogy continues in Robin Bridges final installment, The Morning Star, and Konstantin’s revenge is not fully done. Since the last book of the Katerina Trilogy, some months have pass since George left for Paris and Katerina has start
Alice Of Wonderland
The end of the series. Wahhhh!

I wish The Morning Star... Let's not start there, on second thought. Let's start in the background of the story. Once upon a time, there was a girl named Katerina Alexandrovna, who had the ability to bring things back from the dead. She was torn between so many choices. Love and dreams. Duty and love. Dreams and duty. Each and every book was always starring a war within Katerina Alexandrovna along with the war between someone.

Okay, that clears up a lot of the issues
Vampress Bathory
!!!!!!! Wow!!!! This book was like a roller-coaster!!!! The Morning Star is the third book in the Katerina series and it's the grand finale.
*usually i don't like to write in my reviews the summary of the book because i am that person who likes to let the story grow and surprise me and i'm pleased with that minimum description we find on the back cover. In my reviews i just tell why i liked or disliked a charachter, or the relationship between them and i never reveal important pieces but today i
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First things first. The Morning Star is ridiculous, the type of ridiculous that’s good and entertaining, instead of absurd. The world of Katerina captured my attention due to its rich detailed historical setting and its unique paranormal take on the Russian aristocracy. Ever since I first read The Gathering Storm, I have been invested in these characters and their adventures with the supernatural dead. Even though The Morning Star is not as good as the first book in the series, which is my favou ...more
Historical fantasy is so flipping fun, especially when there are real life historical figures in it. Not that I know
much about that, but there are some real historical figures in this book and just knowing that made it that much more interesting. And while I enjoyed the history it was the paranormal, the fantasy, that took center
stage. Keeping this spoiler free for the previous books means this review will be vague, but one thing that everyone knows once they start these books, is that it's full
Molly Sargen
Until around the last 2 chapters I was happy. I was expecting a wonderful happy ending after everything was over. Instead, I got just a so-so ending. Not what I wanted, but better than a sad one.
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Oct 07, 2013 Emily rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
The book begins with Katerina continuing her studies to become a doctor, all while trying to balance these ambitions with her desire to be with the prince George. However, she is almost immediately kidnapped by her former fiancée and taken to Egypt to find a mystical sword that could be used to defeat the czar.
Not as great as the earlier two books in the series. While the plot was still interesting and continued to be fresh(and I still love the Russian aspect of it), I didn't get as immersed i
Emma Schouten
I loved the book, though I didn't like the time Katerina and George spent apart, but hey that's me, I like it was the romances go as planned. Theirs most definitely didn't though. The historical note at the ending kind of ruined it (view spoiler) You can't change history. But it was a good story and I simply couldn't get the book out of my head and hands until I had finished it.
1. regardless of the massive effect on her country and her own life, she never read that damn book until the very end. this drove me insane.
2. i mostly like these books, but the thing that always loses me are the action scenes, like she skips some steps? i am frequently lost, like "we have the thing, then the bad guy came and took it, then we ran" seems to be missing some amount of detail, and a lot of scenes just did not make sense.
3. i am tired of Katerina getting kidnapped and doing things sh
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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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