Sixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn’t know much about her background – the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip – but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.
Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town – from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend’s hidden talent for “feeling” out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel . . . . different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya’s biological parents and it’s easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.
I’m a huge fan of the Darkest Powers trilogy. It’s a main part of the reason why I decided to start on the Darkness Rising trilogy; there’s promise for the characters in Darkest Powers to re-emerge in the final book of Darkness Rising.
Admittedly, I was a little nervous I wouldn’t like this trilogy as much. Sometimes when I get too involved with a set of characters the author creates, I am biased towards them and am unable to commit to the new characters as well. But there’s something familiar and unfamiliarly captivating about The Gathering. Maya is a strong character who’s easy to fall in love with. Though she’s strong and definitely a leader, she’s not perfect.
Each character we meet isn’t just an echo of some counterpart in the first trilogy. There isn’t an echoing of themes and events either. This is a unique and fascinating read. Armstrong, again, is able to pull us effortlessly into her world that she creates with her words. There’s a sense of mystery and intrigue that weaves it’s way through, just as it did for the Darkest Powers and just as effectively.
Definitely a book to pick up if you’ve read the previous trilogy. And if you haven’t, go do it! You won’t be disappointed. Armstrong takes common fantasy creatures, and throws in some unexpected and not typically explored ones as well. For any fan of fantasy/ adventure type books, this is a great choice. The presence of romance is noticeable but manageable, so it can appeal to both male and female readers.
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