The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges is a 2012 debut that releases on January 10th. It’s historical fiction with a paranormal twist, so I was extra excited to get a copy at NCTE. I love the idea for the story, but I will admit I had a difficult time reading the synopsis to my students because I found out that trying to read Russian names aloud is not my strong suit. Regardless of my fumbling (and turning very red in the process), my students seem interested in reading Robin Bridges’ debut 🙂 I think the showing them the trailer when we return from break will spark an interest as well!
Summary (From Goodreads): St. Petersburg, Russia, 1888. As she attends a whirl of glittering balls, royal debutante Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, tries to hide a dark secret: she can raise the dead. No one knows. Not her family. Not the girls at her finishing school. Not the tsar or anyone in her aristocratic circle. Katerina considers her talent a curse, not a gift. But when she uses her special skill to protect a member of the Imperial Family, she finds herself caught in a web of intrigue.
An evil presence is growing within Europe’s royal bloodlines—and those aligned with the darkness threaten to topple the tsar. Suddenly Katerina’s strength as a necromancer attracts attention from unwelcome sources . . . including two young men—George Alexandrovich, the tsar’s standoffish middle son, who needs Katerina’s help to safeguard Russia, even if he’s repelled by her secret, and the dashing Prince Danilo, heir to the throne of Montenegro, to whom Katerina feels inexplicably drawn.
The time has come for Katerina to embrace her power, but which side will she choose—and to whom will she give her heart?