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The Gathering Storm (Crown of Stars Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Kate Elliott
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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The cataclysm long foretold has shaken the world. King Henry's obsession with uniting the warring kingdoms of Wendar and Varre has left his people destitute and vulnerable to attack. As earthly and supernatural forces gather to overthrow all Henry has fought for, Alain and Liath come to realise their twin destinies. Between them they hold the key to secrets which could yet save Henry's realm, but even they may be powerless should the Cursed Ones return. Look out for more information on this and other titles at

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'A gripping and enthralling fantasy epic' THE TIMES 'A grand and powerful piece of writing' - Katharine Kerr

Book Description

* The fifth book in the Crown of Stars series - Kate Elliott's majestic fantasy epic

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1784 KB
  • Print Length: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (27 Oct. 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043VDIKG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #217,238 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Gathering Storm (2003) was originally supposed to be the penultimate volume of the series, but the final book was split in half due to its size. As such, the reader may be taken aback that the major climax of the series comes two volumes before its conclusion. The purpose of this novel is to take all of the developments of the past two volumes (and some from before that) and tie them all together into a massive convergence of plotlines, characters and events. This works very well, and the purposes of secondary storylines and characters who previously didn't seem to be contributing much to the overriding narrative is made clearer, sometimes surprisingly so. Again, the Eika storyline (now revealed to be much more closely tied to the central narrative than previously thought) is very strong in this novel, although some of the key characters do get a little lost in the middle of the book (Sanglant in particular, who has major roles in the opening and closing chapters but is otherwise off-stage for a significant chunk of the novel). There's also some curious and slightly baffling plot decisions which at first glance don't seem to make much sense, particularly a number of coincidences and happenstances in Alain's storyline that verge on the ludicrous. That said, it's certainly a relief that the major events foreseen and talked about (at times interminably) for the last several volumes finally come to pass in an explosive and apocalyptic finale.

The Gathering Storm (***½) is a highly significant step forward in the series and Elliott handles the major sweeping events of the book quite well, although a number of weaknesses in the plotting detract from the enjoyment of the book. As the novel concludes the reader is left feeling slightly dazed and asking, "Now what?"
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars breath taking read 9 Mar. 2003
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I was a little worried that this book couldn't live up to the standard of the previous four books, however there was nothing to worry about. Kate Elliott continues to vividly tell the stories of Liath, Sanglant, Alain, Stronghand, Hanna, Zacharias and Rosvita. The characters grow and develop as they continue their seperate journeys and I became totally immersed in the plot.
New lands are created in this book and are colourfully described, no detail is left out. Although the characters are all in different countries and lands their lives are still entwined. They are fighting to survive in the new dark times that have descended around them.
The story builds to climax at the end leaving the reader desperate to read the sixth and final novel. Unlike some of the other novels there were no slow moments in this one and it was impossible to leave at any point. I was concerned at the start of book that Kate Elliott had forgotten to include Liath and Alain (the main characters) as they do not appear until later in the story, but there parts are worth waiting for.
The size of the book is a little daunting and perhaps isn't the easiest of bedtime reads being roughly the same size and weight of a brick! However this should not put you off as it is an awe inspiring read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous 28 Aug. 2011
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A fascinating epic covering a range of characters in the land of Novaria.

Very skilfully written book. I imagine that Kate Elliott must have an incredible memory to keep in mind all the characters she created and the different plots.

For me, a keen reader of books for 50years, it can be quite a challenge to keep in mind the different names and there personalities. Definitely one for my library to read again sometime in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The excitement builds 5 Aug. 2009
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You really wouldn't have thought that a series this sweeping - and featuring debates on heresy in the Church - could be so damn good. The characters continue to be multifaceted and interesting, the world continues to be believable and everything that got you through the previous 4, heavy books is still there, pushing you towards the last two. It isn't an easy read, but it is a fascinating one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crown of Stars series 15 Feb. 2014
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Love this series of books, Kate Elliott keeps you on your toes, I just can't put them down. So many different characters to follow, to love and to hate.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story but longwinded. 9 Sept. 2013
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Good story which keeps me going, but too much unecessary, frustrating and sometimes confusing detail. Otherwise the writing is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read. 29 April 2013
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I have already read several books by the author, and as expected, this lives up to the same standard.
You do really need to know about the story so far, to appreciate it. Characters and background are all realistic.
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