Book Review: The Unfailing Light (Katerina Trilogy Book Two) by Robin Bridges

The Unfailing Light by Robin BridgesTitle: The Unfailing Light (Katerina Trilogy Book Two)

Author: Robin Bridges

320 pages, Published by Delacorte Books For Young Readers

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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.(Summary provided by Delacorte Books For Young Readers.)

My Thoughts:

The Unfailing Light by Robin Bridges is book two in the Katerina Trilogy. I read book one, The Gathering Storm, this past January, and I absolutely loved it! So, I was really looking forward to The Unfailing Light. Jam-packed with action, adventure and romance, The Unfailing Light did not disappoint. Book two picks back up in Russia in the year  1889 with Katerina learning she will not get to attend medical school yet, because the empress thinks she will be safer spending an extra year at Smolny Institute for Young Noble Maidens. Katerina is not pleased, but she knows she must keep herself safe in order to be able to serve the tsar with her necromancer ability.

The Unfailing Light takes place mostly at the Smolny Institute where Katerina is basically trapped by the empress’s protection spell for the entire school year. It might sound boring to be trapped within the walls of your school, but this is no ordinary school. Smolny is being haunted by a terrifying ghost and there is a werewolf for Katerina to deal with. So, Katerina must deal with the werewolf and ghost on top of worrying for the safety of the tsar and for that of George, the tsar’s son who is studying in Paris and Katerina’s secret love interest. Oh and I forgot to mention – Katerina is unable to use her powers within school grounds because of the protection spell cast by the empress.

I love this series so much! I am fascinated by Imperial Russia, and stepping into Katerina’s world makes me feel like I’m getting a giant bear hug from a Faberge egg. Bridges makes the architecture, clothing, and customs of Imperial Russia come to life for her readers. Add vampires, fairies, witches, werewolves, and a necromancer into the mix and the result is a young adult novel that is a whole lot of fun! I can’t wait to read the final book in the trilogy, and I highly recommend the first two books in the series to adult and teen readers.

Many thanks to Robin Bridges for including The Well-Read Wife on The Unfailing Light tour. Be sure and check out the other stops on The Unfailing Light tour listed below!

September 24th: Smitten Over Books

September 25th: Casey’s Crew

September 26th: Much Ado About Books

September 26th: The Streetlight Reader

September 27th: Infinite Reads

September 28th: The Hiding Spot

September 29th: Girls *Heart* Books

October 1st: Mom Reads My Books

October 2nd: Magical Urban Fantasy Reads

October 2nd: The Book Review Club

October 3rd: The Book Review Club

October 4th: Kimba Caffeinated

October 4th: My Life is a Notebook

October 5th: My Life is a Notebook

October 6th: Candace’s Book Blog

October 7th: Reader Girls

October 8th: Bookish

October 8th: Peace, Love, Books

October 9th: YA Bibliophile

October 9th: Reader Girls

October 10th: Wastepaper Prose

October 10th: Imaginary Reads

October 11th: Imaginary Reads

October 12th: Well Read Wife

October 15th: Libby Blog

October 16th: Cracking the Cover

October 17th: A Bookish Libraria

October 18th: A Novel Review

October 19th: In the Best Worlds

October 20th: Tripping Over Books

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