Apocalypsies Love is all about me telling you what I loved about a 2012 debut book written by one of the amazing Apocalypsies. I also chat with the author to gain insight into their very favorite parts of their creation.
Today I am spotlighting THE GATHERING STORM, a book set in Tsarist Russia, but re-imagined with vampires and a main character who is a necromancer.
More than anything else, Katerina wants to be a doctor. But because Russia doesn't accept women into its medical academies, she is instead expected to get married. A proposal soon comes from the crown prince of Montenegro, but Katerina is warned that he doesn't want her, but rather her power to raise the dead. And if he gets it, it could mean very bad things for the imperial family and all of Russia.
I was drawn to this novel because I love the Tsarist Russian time period, and the historical details did not disappoint (not that I'm an expert or anything). It definitely made me reaffirm St Petersburg on my travel wishlist.
I also usually avoid "vampire" books, but I'm pleased to say that the vampires here exuded real evil and set themselves up as actual threats.
Excited to see where this trilogy goes next!
Now let's chat with Robin!
What is your favorite scene in the book?
Ooh, when Katerina meets Count Chermenensky for the first time, and tries to hide him from the Imperial family. :)
Such a fun scene! What is your favorite line in the book?
"Merde!" (Katerina is fond of this word. So is the author.)
What setting was most fun to write?
The scenes that take place in the Winter Palace. I tried hard to convince hubby that I HAD to visit the palace in person to be sure my details were accurate. He did not believe me.
I hope you get there someday! Who is your favorite supporting character - one you could see getting a spin-off book - and why?
I love poor Count Chermenensky best, I think. But Princess Alix has already demanded her own short story.
Ooh Alix short story - I'm intrigued. What has been your favorite part of your publishing journey so far?
Every new step becomes my newest favorite- receiving my edit letter, seeing the cover for the first time, receiving my first ARC, seeing my book in the bookstore.
My debut YA novel LEVEL 2 (Simon & Schuster BFYR) is out now. My debut picture book CHICK-O-SAURUS REX (w/ Daniel Jennewein) comes out with S&S on July 23, 2013. I've been blogging about books since April 2008.