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?
This was an awesome book. I love the combination of history and fantasy. The world of Russia was intriguing and the author paints a vivid picture of life back then and the country of Russia. Katerina is a lovely girl who is both strong and real. Everything about her is enjoyable. The rest of the cast of character are equally intriguing. As you progress through the book you discover more about each character and the world they live in. The only confusing part was the titles, the many names the characters had, and the different supernatural species types. I think the book would have benefited from a glossary at the end. I would have liked more romance between Katerina and her love interest. I won’t spoil his identity. Also, I would have liked more character development with George and Danillo. I enjoyed both these characters but found that they lacked much depth. I would definitely recommend this book.
This book is a trilogy. The next book is The Unfailing Light and comes out October 9, 2012.