"The Gathering Storm" by Robin Bridges is the first book in the Katerina trilogy that plays in Russia in 1888. It is from the YA section and has paranormal aspects like necromancy, undead people and a special kind of Fairies (not the Fairies you might know from other books).
The heroine of the story is Katerina Alexandrovna. She is born into a rich family and dreams to one day become a doctor. In her childhood she realized that she has special abilities, she can raise the dead, but she doesn't want to use that ability.
This book was a fascinating mix of a special kind of Russian nobility, of paranormal abilities, of daughters who are supposed to marry well and of deadly intrigues. The setting in St. Petersburg added another fascinating aspect to the story.
I thought that the first half of the book was a bit stronger than the second half, but all in all I enjoyed reading this book a lot. I'm excited to go on with "The Unfailing Night", the second book in the series. I'm excited to learn more about Katerina, her abilities, her family and the other characters. This book was a fascinating and refreshing YA book and I want more of that.