Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Morning Star by Robin Bridges Review

"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 fiancĂ©, 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."

The end of the series. Wahhhh!

I wish The Morning Star... Let's not start there, on second thought. Let's start in the background of the story. Once upon a time, there was a girl named Katerina Alexandrovna, who had the ability to bring things back from the dead. She was torn between so many choices. Love and dreams. Duty and love. Dreams and duty. Each and every book was always starring a war within Katerina Alexandrovna along with the war between someone.

Okay, that clears up a lot of the issues. The Morning Star is an okay book. Disappointing, because its predecessors fared so much better like The Unfailing Light and The Gathering Storm. The Morning Star, compared to the last two, didn't go into many details and wasn't as good. 

The plot went by very quickly. Sometimes, in the middle of the book when I was reading it, I wished that the author would slow down a bit because everything went by a little too quickly. Like she was here, then there. And whoa! How did she get there? It's something like that along the lines. Crazy. Fast-paced. And insane, but overall landed on my positive thoughts. But disappointing was one of the negative thoughts on The Morning Star. 

I like how the author did little recaps here and there, but I wish she expanded on them, because I can't remember everything about the last two books. Hello? That book was about two hundred, or four hundred books ago. It might as well be eons. 

The ending. This is me for the entire ending: (O.O) Yes, that's correct. That face right there. For the entire ending, I was shocked, shocked, shocked. Then I was, what the heck did I just read. But of course, I'm not telling you anything, but it is worth reading the last part because it is just that good. And I'm left thinking that Robin Bridges should write some more of this series.

Katerina Alexandrovna never was and never will be my fav heroine. I never found her as interesting as Katniss Everdeen, or June Iparis. She wasn't as broken; she was like a perfect doll. Sorry, Katerina, but your sob story doesn't sell. 

Rating: Three out of Five

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