Title: The Unfailing Light (Katerina #2)
Author: Robin Bridges
Release Date/Publisher: October 9th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Finished: April 29th 2014
1. The Gathering Storm
2. The Unfailing Light
3.The Morning Star
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 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 empress has cast a potent spell to protect it against the vampires and revenants who are bent on toppling the tsar and using Katerina for their own gains. But to Katerina’s horror, the spell unleashes a vengeful ghost within the school, a ghost more dangerous than any creature trying to get in.
What I Thought:
I have to say that while I did enjoy this one a lot, I wasn’t as entranced as I was for the first book. But then again that happens for most trilogies right?
It was still good and I never actually found myself bored or anything, I just missed the thrill of what the first book had to offer. And the fact that her dream of going to become a doctor was on hold for the whole thing. I was super excited to read about that after the first book, but it focused more on her staying safe in the school and solving who the ghost terrorizing students was. It still felt important to the story, just not as exciting. And there’s a lot less parties and balls for those who loved them in the first book. Even with everything it lacks, I was still glued to the book and I still love the world the author has created.
Katerina’s hopeful romance comes back briefly in this, but there are still things that make it so they can’t really be together so it’s more in the background for a while. Danilo and his sisters are back and they didn’t seem so bad to me, I kind of actually liked their interactions. There are darker forces and more fae that come into this too, and of course more walking corpses. She doesn’t use her powers very much, but I really hope they expand more in the next book.
If you’ve already started this series and loved the first book, don’t shy away from this one. It’s still good, and I have a feeling it’s got a good buildup for the final book.