Monday, December 30, 2013

The Morning Star (The Katerina Trilogy Vol III) by Robin Bridges –NO

Bridges, Robin The Morning Star (The Katerina Trilogy Vol III) 288 pgs. Delacorte Press, 2013. $17.99  Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG13; Violence: G.
In the 3rd novel of the series, Katerina, a duchess and a necromancer can’t decide between her love for George or going to medical school. She can’t have both. A former fiance, Prince Danilo, is now possessed by the evil, once dead, Konstantin. They come after her, they need her to retrieve an ancient sword from an Egyptian tomb (and its magical traps). The power of the sword will allow its bearer to conquer the known world.
Granted, coming in at book 3 as my first read in the series, it’s a bit unfair to say that this was an extremely bizarre, convoluted, and complex story. The only reason I made it through reading it is that between complicated explanations of bloodlines, relationships, and past plots, there was the main character that carried the story. Alas, Katerina is fairly helpless and at the whim of all the other characters. There is a heavy marriage push throughout this book that I think most teens won’t relate to. I think to enjoy this series, it must be started at book one, in order for a reader to buy-in to the world.

HS –NO Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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