Series Wrap is a mini-feature where I sum up what I loved and loathed about a particular series upon completion. The rules are simple: I must have read and reviewed ALL books in said series and the series must be completed by the author. These posts are seperate from reviews.
Number of Books: 3
Genres/Themes: Historical, Fantasy, Supernatural
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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?
Favourite Character/s: George Alexandrovich. Alix of Hesse.
Favourite Pairing/s: Katerina/George, Alix/Nicholas.
Favourite Cover: The Morning Star AND The Unfailing Light.
Favourite Book: The Unfailing Light.
Why I liked this series
I’m a big fan of anything Imperial Russia. This series did a stellar job in mixing real, historical figures with supernatural and fantasy elements. A good percent of the characters actually existed and I was encouraged to read up about them on Wikipedia after reading. I was so impressed with Robin Bridge’s ability to incorporate accurate details and facts in her debut series.
The world-building was great, too. I was constantly intrigued by the Light and Dark Courts of fae in St Petersburg. Even though the series is now at an end, I am wishing and hoping there is some kind of prequel series of spin-off to come.
Why I disliked this series
I felt that The Morning Star was a disappointment as far as endings go. Instead of stepping up the game and bringing everything in from the previous two books, The Morning Star employed a cast of new characters, new settings and introduced stuff a little late in the game so that when the ending finally came, it just didn’t sit right with me. Characters that I’d grown to love weren’t featured heavily and I wondered what it had all been for. Things I had wanted explained more thoroughly were also brushed over.
I also want to put out there once more how much I hated the Montenegrin Royal Family! Agh! I realise this was Robin Bridge’s intention, but gee… I hated Danilo so much.
Would I read this series again? I’ve read the first book twice already.
Would I recommend this series? Yes, but with a disclaimer about the final book.
This series in one word: Close.