The Morning Star
Katerina Alexandrovna is the most powerful necromancer in Russia, but she’d rather be studying medicine. Unfortunately, the tsar has banned women from such studies, and Katerina’s powers are needed to defend Russia from the forces of darkness. Villains old and new reappear in this third volume of the Katerina trilogy, including both the living and undead, as Katerina travels to Egypt to find clues detailing the location of the Morning Star, a legendary sword that puts its bearer in command of a powerful army of undead warriors. She must locate and wield the Morning Star before her enemies do. The fate of her beloved Russia – and of her boyfriend George – hangs in the balance.
Readers who enjoyed the two previous volumes in the Katerina trilogy will appreciate the action-packed final novel, which pits good against evil in an epic battle where nothing is as it seems. The pacing is very quick, with much of the novel taken up with globetrotting, visits to the underworld, and battles with the undead. The love triangle between Katerina, Danilo, and George is resolved (but not without some teenage romantic angst), and the tsar is finally vanquished, making for a very satisfying ending.