Title: The Morning Star (Katerina #3)
Author: Robin Bridges
Release Date/Publisher: August 27th 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Finished: May 12th 2014
1. The Gathering Storm
2. The Unfailing Light
3.The Morning Star
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 the lich tsar Konstantin Pavlovich so that he can take what he sees as his rightful place on the throne. Katerina thought she had bound Konstantin to the Greylands, the realm of the dead, but he has found a way out. Now he is searching for the Morning Star, a sword that will allow him to command a legion of supernatural warriors.
Katerina must find the sword before Konstantin does—and she must travel to Egypt to do so. Along the way, she puts up with unwanted attention from her former fiancé, the nefarious Prince Danilo, and struggles with her feelings for her true love, George Alexandrovich. But with the looming threat from Konstantin, Katerina’s focus remains on the sword. Russia’s fate will be determined by whoever wields the Morning Star—and delivers the final blow.
What I Thought:
This is the last book in the series but unfortunately it fell short of what I wanted from this series.
Katerina does finally learn some medical stuff and a bit about her powers, but not to the extent that she actually grows at all, which is what I really wanted to see. They just kind of touch on it quickly. This book is actually pretty short compared to the first two and it looks tinier on my shelf, but I was still hoping that in that amount of pages everything would be finished up well.
I also wanted an epic showdown or something with her awesome powers but that didn’t happen. She still only knows the one spell and tries to shy away from her powers instead of embrace them. I admire that she’s strong willed and wants to stick to her ideals, but when people needed her she didn’t step up. On that note, she’s also still stubborn when it comes to her learning to become a doctor or being with someone she loves instead of working to have both and sticking up for that. I know it’s harder for women back then, but this is also fiction and she has power.
There is a ton of rushed traveling and escaping and hiding for a big portion of the book, but instead of it feeling like action it was just kind of fast paced and a bit jumpy and random. There is also a lot of lore and information that she finds out, mostly from Danilo which was cool since it related to Egypt. But at the same time it took a while to get anything directly out of characters, and he was being mysterious about it a bit too much.
Parts of this story were still good, but after sticking with this series and having a slow second book I wanted it to pop and be way more exciting and not so rushed. Katerina had so much more room to grow, but she stayed the way she was and I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as I wanted to. I still love the first book, so give this series a try and let me know your thoughts on this one!