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The Unfailing Light

(Katerina #2)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,367 ratings  ·  141 reviews
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
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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kiwi 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...


EDIT: It's been two years.

I might write this review soon....


EDIT 6.3.15: DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND: I have checked this book out of the library. AGAIN. So I can read it. AGAIN. And write a review. FOR THE FIRST TIME.

Mar 25, 2012 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
Gretchen Hohmeyer
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, reviewed, on-amazon
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 o
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
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
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
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, arc
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
Jessica Gutierrez
This book was better than the first one, the writing was a lot better, (not so many names and creatures thrown at you without giving you any real understanding of who/what they are), however it’s just kind of disjointed and confusing at times. Things happen and we’re never given an explanation as to why. Things happen that don’t make sense. Katerina is way too content with not understanding things at times. Characters do and say things that just don’t seem realistic. Characters are introduced wi ...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
I loved the setting, again, but I still found the plot to be confusing. Katiya was okay, but I thought there were several times she did silly things. Maybe reading the final book will help my feelings about this book, but The Unfailing Light was typical of most second books in trilogies.
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Ange (Our Epic TBR List) 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
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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
May 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-read
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
Melissa Simmons
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What I Loved

I think I liked this book more than the first. It was easier to follow (thankfully) and I was starting to remember a few more characters. There’s still a lot going on that I don’t understand and I’m still confused since there’s still a lot of characters but I found myself more entertained by this book.

I’m really liking the main characters. In this book especially I wasn’t sure who to trust. Some characters who I thought were doing ok weren’t and the opposite for others. I have seriou
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
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.

Jennifer Wolf
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
The plot is kind of all over the place but I like the characters and the mythology.
And Georgi. He's the best.
Mar 21, 2012 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
Jules Goud
I think that this book has shown me that my reading tastes have changed. I originally read the first one a while ago and when I went looking for the sequels, I couldn't find it. So, when I had the opportunity to read the sequels, I grabbed them.

However, I think that I would have liked it better in the past. The romance was okay, there was a lot of pining though. I think that my biggest complaint with this novel is that I wanted a bigger confrontation at the end. I wanted more to happen, and want
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Katerina Trilogy was definitely better than the first one. The plot was better and the mythology is easier to understand this time around. There was more romance, but not enough to turn you away (Since Danilo & George aren’t around much).
What I truly despised about this one was the reasoning behind her need to stay at Smolny. I wanted to strangle Georgi because of it.
Overall, it was better than the first and it’s an ok & quick read.

The Unfailing Light brings readers back into the world of Katerina and her struggles against the Light and Dark Courts of Imperial Russia. A great historical read, I found that Robin Bridges had a better handle on her series and lore this time around. With all the elements you could hope for in a historical supernatural/fantasy read, 'The Katerina Trilogy' is one I highly recommend.

In stark contrast to The Gathering Storm, this book takes place (for the most part) in the summer. We a
Sree Radhakrishnan
The details were a bit confusing at times but overall it was a good book.
Samantha Hastings
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting twists in this second book in the trilogy. Excited to read the third!
Destiny Chall
These books were boring.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I just finished it for the same week and i really enjoyed it. I loved how at first the story lines didn't seem to have anything to do with each other but slowly details were revealed to show how they are all connected.
This review originally appeared here at Tripping Over Books

THE UNFAILING LIGHT, the second book in the Katerina Trilogy by Robin Bridges, brings some more of the best things from book 1, THE GATHERING STORM, and—for me, anyway—ironed out a few of the bothersome aspects as well. THE UNFAILING LIGHT continues the story of necromancer and Tsarist Russian noblewoman Katerina while adding one of my favorite settings: BOARDING SCHOOL. Boom. If I’m being honest, though, there were still a few things ne
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked it, but not in a couldn’t put it down sort of way.
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By day, Robin Bridges is a mild mannered writer of young adult fiction. By night, she is a pediatric nurse, poking small children with needles for a living. She lives on the Gulf Coast with her family and an ever-growing menagerie of cats, dogs, tropical fish, and parrots. But alas, she still does not have a unicorn.

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