Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming releases we're anxiously awaiting!
The Gathering Storm (Katerina Trilogy #1) by Robin Bridges
Release Date: January 10, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Preorder: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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?
I'm really intrigued by this one for several reasons. First of all, this is the first YA I remember seeing set in Russia! I've allllllllways been fascinated by the tsars. Probably because of the Romanovs -- and this is set just before Nicholas II's ill-fated reign. The aristocracy of any country is always a fascinating bunch. Plus, she's a necromancer? Who can save Russia with her necromancy? I'm curious as to how that will play out. And of course she's got two dashing princes to choose between. There's just something about a prince...
Can you think of any YA novels set in Russia? What are you waiting on this week?