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The Morning Star

(Katerina #3)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  822 ratings  ·  96 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,
Sarah Amelia
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-by-me
Such a good ending to the series!
Charlotte  Black
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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)
Jan 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Well it was definitely the most enjoyable of the three, but I am still feeling empty from it. Hmmm I must stew over this for a bit.

Andreea Pop
Jan 11, 2013 marked it as to-read
Uuu, look at that cover! Beauty <3
May 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
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 seem 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)
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jessica Gutierrez
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
My favorite of the trilogy! Katerina felt the most natural and real in this book. Lots of adventure and travel in this one as well, which I loved. Particularly the Egypt aspect. I’m left feeling satisfied with the story and the ending however I still feel like I have lots of questions about different things. Overall a really good read!
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
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The Katerina trilogy and I have a funny thing. I was just short of falling head over heels for the first book The Gathering Storm, but The Unfailing Light failed me in a number of ways and generally failed to impress me as a sequel. Though I probably should have stopped there, I held out hope that The Morning Star would be the book to bring me back and make me remember why I liked The Gathering Storm so much. Alas, that was not to happen, it seems, and it
Elizabeth ♛Smart Girls Love Trashy Books♛

Well, this book certainly wasn't the amazing Russian Empire necromancer novel I've been craving from the start, but at least it wasn't as bad as the first.

This book's main problem is that it's boring. Nothing much really happens, and when it does happen, it doesn't feel urgent. There's about three different climaxes in this book, and they all felt rushed. I felt like there was more to explain and more to do that the author just didn't get into.

I did like the new location o
Adrienne Amborski
Apr 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-titles
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
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013
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
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: review-books
...Just starting...pretty sure the cover says it all. We shall soon know.

"After burying her husband's body in the Romanov crypt with his ancestors, she faked her own death and assumed the identity of a distant Cantacuzene cousin. She deceived the foolish Nicholas Pavlovich and gained control over the remaining blood drinkers who had not been exiled to Siberia. She hid in the heart of St. Petersburg with the stolen relic, the Talisman of Isis, slowly gathering other vampires loyal to her and wait
Raye of the Dead
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I have spent the last three days reading this trilogy because I just couldn’t put it down. It was addicting and when I finished each book I couldn’t wait to pick up the next one. A part of me is sad that it’s over, but at the same time I’m completely satisfied with the ending.
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.
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Anya Zhang
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who have the first two books
Recommended to Anya by: No one
“The vampire princess had no tears, only cold rage that shook her entire body.” ― Robin Bridges, The Morning Star. This quote shows how descriptive the book was, and if I might add, a little too descriptive in some places. The author, Robin Bridges, made a story that was shaped by a beautifully outlined plot, and I think we can all agree that this book was definitely awesome. Some parts of the book did not seem realistic (in which I mean when the characters talk to each other, not the idea). But ...more
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Definitely a guilty pleasures kind of read. The three stars is purely on the entertainment aspect of the book. This book was incredibly fast paced and heavily dependent on plot development. It would've been nice to see more character but the bad guys still remain evil and flat and everyone else was just confusing. Nonetheless, I think younger teens who enjoy adventurous fantasies with a wide range of supernatural creatures, traveling through multiple countries, will appreciate this series. ...more
Jules Goud
A nice ending to this trilogy.

As said before, I think that I would have appreciated this more more when I read the first novel. But, it is definitely still a fun read. I love how we get to see Katerina finally training to become a doctor, as well as learning more about her powers.

Definitely a fun trilogy and if you like the supernatural and want a light and breezy book, this is the series for you!
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall, it was an ok book and a good ending to the trilogy. I just wished that Robin Bridges would have delved deeper into the magic within the story and not just skimmed over it. We still don’t get to find out what Katerina could really do with her necromancy or what George was studying as a wizard. I would have also liked to know more about the light and dark faerie courts.
And even though everything was neatly wrapped up, I can’t help but feel like the ending was rather abrupt. Like she
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Another 2.5 from me. Some problems, but an entertaining and fast read.
Kitty Graves
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A really good end to the series. It kind of left me wanting more but the ending was satisfying for whole story.
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this part of the series. But I have to say that I was not very satisfied with the end.
Destiny Chall
May 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
These books were boring.
Melissa Southard
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So good! Loved this series!
Apr 06, 2014 rated it liked it

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 Princ
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
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
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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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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