Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Unfailing Light Blog Tour, Review + Giveaway!

Title: The Unfailing Light (Katerina Trilogy #2)
Author: Robin Bridges
Genres: ya, necromancy, historical, paranormal, magic
Source: ARC from Random House
Rating: 3.5 stars (a good read)
Summary: 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.

I haven't met many people who've heard of this series, so I consider it a nice, quirky find for those who do stumble across it, like me.

The genre in general is historical fiction. But that barely scratches the surface. There's every sort of paranormal creatures in here and sometimes they're under different names. Like vampires are also known as Veshtiza or Vladiki...depending on what kind of blood drinker you--I mean they--are. So it's not just the average paranormal but filled to the brim integrating the old Russian lore (I'm assuming) to make it really fascinating. Other creatures besides the various vampires, are zombies, (after all, this is a necromancy book) and the odd faerie or two from the Light and Dark Courts.

The love interests, George and Danilo, aren't actually in too much of the novel. George is off studying in Paris on some super secret wizarding mission, and Danilo is busy creepily reading Katerina's thoughts at random times of the day. George can also read her thoughts, but only within close range...because that's better. :P Overall though, they are great as the two "good guy" and "bad guy" roles, but unlike in The Gathering Storm they switch roles here and there, making their characters not as flat.

Katerina, our protag, really has some of the worst luck. She's "cursed" with the power of necromancy but really has no control over it. That means zombies pop up randomly, and lots of people hate her. To me, it seems like she needs lessons in necromancy because she doesn't do much except kind of freak out and lets things happen to her. I was hoping for some real taking-charge attitude from her in The Unfailing Light but unfortunately she's still afraid and confused as to what she can do. I really hope she grows as a character in the last book to finally get to attend medical school as well as embrace her powers as a necromancer.

Like the first, there are sooo many long Russian names and "of this and that place and title" to follow it. I am interested in Russia so all that is totally likable for me, but it may annoy some people with the complexity of it. I find it brilliantly creative.

Most of the time I liked the writing, but here and there the sentences felt a little stilted and not put together as well as they could have been and I noticed some repetition in descriptions. I have an ARC though, so that's subject to change. I have no doubt the third and last installment in this series will be even better, and I can't wait to see what happens to Katerina and her powers...


If you like this series, or think you might, here are some similar books/series you may enjoy:
Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon
Harbinger by Sarah Wilson Etienne
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Die For Me by Amy Plum


I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, but that in no way affected my views and opinions on the book, it's completely unbiased.


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All right, so now that you've stopped here, make sure not to miss the other stops on the tour listed below!

September 24thSmitten Over Books
September 25thCasey’s Crew
September 26th: Much Ado About Books
September 26thThe Streetlight Reader
September 27th: Infinite Reads
September 28th: The Hiding Spot
September 29th: Girls *Heart* Books
October 1stMom Reads My Books
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 7thReader Girls
October 8th: Bookish
October 8th: Peace, Love, Books
October 9th: YA Bibliophile
October 9thReader Girls
October 10th: Wastepaper Prose
October 10th: Imaginary Reads
October 11thImaginary Reads
October 12th: Well Read Wife
October 15thLibby Blog
October 16th: Cracking the Cover
October 17th: A Bookish Libraria
October 18th: A Novel Review
October 19thIn the Best Worlds
October 20thTripping Over Books


  1. I haven't read the series. I think I will tell my friends first then my family (maybe they'll freak out :D) Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I haven't read this series, but very glad you stumbled across it. I know what you mean about Russian names/places. Sometimes, you just have to go with it, eventually, all falls into place. The cat's probably the only one that wouldn't think it was crazy.

  3. I would trust my husband and probably no one else.

  4. I haven't read this series yet. I would probably tell my significant other about being able to raise the dead because I tell him everything. He'd then promptly have me admitted to the loony bin. LOL

  5. I don't think I would trust anyone - well, maybe my sister. I haven't read this series yet, but it's definitely on my wishlist. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I would never tell!! And no, I haven't read the series YET! Thanks

  7. My cats are great at keeping secrets, too! I'm not sure if I'd really tell anyone but the trees.

  8. I wouldn't tell anyone! Especally my dogs! ANYONE who messages them for more than a minute will tell everything they know and follow them to end of the earth. That is until someone else feeds them.....
    And yes I have read the Gathering Storm I really enjoyed it!

  9. I'm with you - I would probably only trust my cat! Haven't read this series yet but I can't wait to read it! Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

    Suz Reads

  10. I think I would trust my BFF. I've always told her everything and I think even something like that she would keep a secret. I haven't read this series yet, but it's been on my tbr list! I've got to start reading it! Thanks for the giveaway : )

  11. I'd trust my family. They would understand.

  12. No, I haven't read this series yet, but it sounds great. I would trust my husband and my sister. I tell them everything :)

  13. I have a best friend I'd probably tell. I have read the first one and loved it! So excited for the second one.