The Gathering

The Gathering : Book 1 of the Darkness Rising Series

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'Comfortably mixing science, myth, and mystery, Armstrong creates a vivid world highlighted by appealing characters. Fans and newcomers alike will be eager for more after Armstrong's story drives to its pulse-pounding climax.' - Publishers Weekly

'Armstrong begins her new series with a swift-paced start, creating memorable characters and interesting premises.' - Booklist

The world seemed to dip and darken and I smelled wet earth and thick musk and fresh blood. The wind whipped past, like I was running. Running so fast the ground whizzed beneath me and the wind cut across my skin . . .

Maya Delaney has always felt a close bond with nature. The woods around her home are a much-loved sanctuary - and the pawprint birthmark on her hip feels like a sign that she belongs.

But then strange and terrible things begin to happen in the tiny medical-research town of Salmon Creek (population: 200). The captain of the swim team drowns mysteriously in the middle of a calm lake. Mountain lions appear around Maya's home, and won't go away. Her best friend, Daniel, starts experiencing 'bad vibes' about certain people and things. One of those people is Rafe - the new bad boy in town. What is he hiding - and why is he suddenly so interested in Maya . . . ?

The first in the sensational YA series from bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.

Books by Kelley Armstrong:

Women of the Otherworld series
Dime Store Magic
Industrial Magic
No Humans Involved
Personal Demon
Living with the Dead
Frost Bitten
Walking the Witch

Nadia Stafford
Exit Strategy
Made to be Broken
Wild Justice

City of the Lost
A Darkness Absolute
This Fallen Prey
Watcher in the Woods
Alone in the Wild

Darkest Powers
The Summoning
The Awakening
The Reckoning

Otherworld Tales
Men of the Otherworld
Tales of the Otherworld
Otherworld Nights
Otherworld Secrets
Otherworld Chills

Darkness Rising
The Gathering
The Calling
The Rising

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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 26mm | 260g
  • ATOM
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 1907410171
  • 9781907410178
  • 39,297

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This engaging read is plot-driven and action-packed. SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
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This engaging read is plot-driven and action-packed. -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL The suspense rarely lets up, and fans of Armstrong's adult Otherworld novels will enjoy the parallels between Chloe and her supernatural friends' adventures and those of their grown-up counterparts. -- QUILL & QUIRE, starred review Teen readers might scream loud enough to raise the dead. -- KIRKUS, starred review
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About Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong is author of ten international bestselling Women of the Otherworld books, the highly acclaimed Darkest Powers young adult series, two mainstream thrillers about a hit-woman, and a short story collection, Men of the Otherworld. She lives in rural Ontario, Canada, with her husband, three children and far too many pets.
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65,754 ratings
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I loved this book. I literally devoured it from start to finish in just a couple of sittings (well one sitting broken up only by having to work and get just a little sleep). Its set in the same world as most of Kelley Armstrong's books and having read both the women of the Otherworld series and Darkest Powers series, entering May's world, a little medical research town in a larger world where names like St Cloud and Dr Davidoff (among others) have some significance from previous novels, was like visiting one of those favourite vacation spots that you like to go to once in a while, forget about the where you normally live and catch up on what been happening since youlast visited and discover some new places there to explore. In The Gathering, the first novel of the Darkness Rising series, we meet Maya, a regular teenager living in a small town, adopted but happy with her lot and not overly curious about where she came from. From the beginning I connected with Maya. She is strong and comfortable in who she is and her place in the world. She is still getting over the drowning of her best friend but this hasn't stopped her from continuing to tackle the world arond her and get on with life. Now any veteran of Armstrong's books will have a fair idea of at least part of what Maya's birthmark means but Armstrong, who is using this book also a a set up for a new trilogy (series?) creates a story that leaves even the veterans with more questions than answers. While part fo the mystery might be solved in this book, that also gives the reader more questions than answers and the ending leavves the reader gasping for more. I most definitely recommend this book to both the avid Kelley Armstrong fan and those who are newer to her books as while there are titbits there for the veterans, they are not necessary to know to still enjoy the story being told and as always its an awesome story. I have no hesitation giving this book 5 more
by Nikk Karlovsky
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