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The Gathering: Darkness Rising: Book 01 [Paperback]

Kelley Armstrong
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7 April 2011 Darkness Rising (Book 4)

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 . . . ?

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Atom (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907410171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907410178
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kelley Armstrong lives in rural Ontario, Canada, with her family and far too many pets. She is the author of the bestselling Women of the Otherworld series; the highly acclaimed Darkest Power young adult series and two adventure novels about a hitwoman, Exit Strategy and Made to be Broken. For further information visit

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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

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* The first in a sensational new YA series from bestselling author Kelley Armstrong

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read for Kelley Armstrong fans 10 April 2011
By Curiosity Killed The Bookworm TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bitten was the book that got me hooked on urban fantasy, so I love reading anything Kelley Armstrong writes. The Gathering is the first in a new young adult trilogy set in the same universe as Women of the Otherworld and is similar her The Darkest Powers trilogy. The small town where Maya lives is run by the St. Cloud family and she believes they're working on top secret medical research. There's a good chance that's exactly what they're doing, but established fans will know who the St. Clouds are even though they've not featured heavily in her other books.

The plot is fairly slow and I'm not sure if it will appeal to readers new to Kelley's world. Personally, I love trying to make all the connections.

Sadly, the book doesn't really finish. It's designed as part one of a trilogy and it's obvious at the end that there's still much more to tell. I don't mind this so much if books are a bit older and I can sit and read them back to back but I imagine there will be a long wait til the next one.

Kelley recently announced her plans to put the Women of the Otherworld series to bed after book 13. Us fans are clutching at whatever we can get so it's positive that there's still the young adult books to look forward to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Why delve into YA? 20 Feb 2012
By O. Lisa
My history with Kelley Armstrong is a long and solid one.
I've read all her books in the Underworld series and Elena and Clay are one of my (few) most beloved couples in UF.
I inhaled all the books where they are protagonists, they're definitely my favorite in the series.

When Armstrong started writing YA lit (The Darkest Powers series) I picked up The Summoning (Darkest Powers, Book 1). I wasn't very impressed, so much so that I dropped the series.
This new series, Darkness Rising, is somewhat better than DP, but still hasn't left me very impressed so far.

The story is set in a tiny community somewhere on Vancouver Island, Canada. Salmon Creek is a small village whose residents work for a pharmaceutical company who does classified medical research. There's something definitely fishy going on in the community: from Serena's - Maya's best friend - death, to the appearance of an ever- increasing number of unknown cougars, to a series of weird events punctuating Maya's life.

There were some nice - and original - aspects to this story that I particularly appreciated.
The setting, for starters, is really nice. Descriptions of the community, the wilderness and the wildlife are really well done, atmospheric. There's always an animalistic taste to Armstrong's books when she deals with shapeshifters that I find extremely enticing.
Because after all, shapeshifters they are, in this book. Skin-walkers, to be precise, a race of supernaturals that I had yet to encounter in fantasy.

The mythology, tied to native Americans, is definitely a point which I found very interesting and that I would have wanted to - and that I hope will be - explored more in the next installments.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 11 April 2011
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Maya lives in a special community - it's based around a research hospital. And only certain families are invited to live there.

Maya's family lives in a park where her dad is the ranger. She's always had a special connection with the mountain lions, but recently they've been seen around a lot more. Suddenly, Maya is having flashes of the world from a mountain lion's point of view. But she has no idea why. And she still wonders what really happened a little while back when her best friend, who was a strong swimmer, suddenly drowned. Things are definitely not what they seem to be in this little town.

Add in her best friend, Daniel, and the new hot boy, Rafe, and you've got a great trio of characters. This book will keep you wondering as to what will happen next.

THE GATHERING was a nice change in that I really enjoyed it! I think I was in a reading rut and just couldn't seem to read a book that I really enjoyed until this one. That being said, I do have to say that for the most part, this book is pretty predictable. I knew Maya's secret pretty much from the beginning, as well as Rafe's. But I'm not sure just how Rafe's secret is tied to Maya's. Hmmm. And I"m not sure how their little community plays into it just yet, but I'm sure it does somehow. And Daniel...sometimes I felt like he had feelings for Maya, and other times he just seemed like a big brother.

There were so many unanswered questions - but in a good way! In a way that makes it so you can't wait to get your hands on the sequel. I can't wait to read the next book, THE CALLING. Hopefully, it will answer a bunch of questions that I have!

Reviewed by: Andrea
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bit slow getting started... 4 Jun 2013
By Laura Hartley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was really slow to get started but once it was got going I was sucked into the story. This is the first in a trilogy so I guess it can be excused from this slow start as there was a lot of story setting and character introducing to be done. To be honest, not a lot actually happens in this novel, at least, not until the closing passages and this was really frustrating. I'd say that the slow start coupled with the really exciting ending combined to make this an average book that wasn't that brilliant. However, as the story has now been set up and it's clear from the ending of the novel that the author is capable of some really good writing, I'm hoping that the next to instalments in this trilogy will be jam-packed full of pure awesomeness.

When I read young adult books, it is rare that I like both the best friend and the boyfriend, but surprisingly I loved them both in this novel. Daniel, Maya's best friend, is such a kind and caring character and maybe the reason I like him so much is because he does what he's supposed to do. He's the best friend. He doesn't want to be anything more than the best friend and I'm glad that the author didn't fall in line with many other young adult romances. Rafe on the other hand, is dark and mysterious. He's clearly hiding something and you're just desperate to find out what it is. Even Rafe doesn't conform to the young adult stereotypes as he's actually got a whole new persona that's just waiting to be unveiled as soon as he learns to trust someone. Rafe's character is hot. Like super hot. You can't help but falling in love with him and rooting for him and Maya.

I felt that some parts of the plot were very unoriginal, especially the whole mysterious new guy in town - what's he hiding? sort of thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Big Fan, Great Stories. with a twist on each one.
I am a big fan of Kelley Armstrong.
I have yet to find a book that did not please me.
I can't wait to read the whole series.
Published 7 days ago by gilly
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Great book!
Published 26 days ago by naomi irving
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I could never get bored of these books. Kelley Armstrong is fantastic writer and I love how all her books interlink
Published 1 month ago by Miss L Swift
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Good read however not the best in Kelley Armstrong books. I prefer the 'other worlds' series as the characters more interesting.
Published 4 months ago by sparky
5.0 out of 5 stars fab read
have p[urchased the series so that I can continue without a break housework has gone to the back burner oops
Published 8 months ago by tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gathering
Love this book. This series is great, I have really enjoyed reading them and I would definitely recommend purchasing it.
Published 10 months ago by M. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars YA series
I'm not a YA, but I'd enjoyed KA's previous YA series and am having withdrawal issues from Clayton, Elena, Lucas etc, so thought I'd give this a go. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Elsie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This book is fab, I read it in a few days. It's your classic teenage life with secrets, love and discoveries.
The writing is good and suitable for an adult to enjoy.
Published 11 months ago by Hattie Waring
4.0 out of 5 stars The Gathering
I liked this, because it is different, but it became a little predictable. May purchase next in the series at some point
Published 14 months ago by Caroline Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars more great Kelley Armstrong
another fantastic Kelley Armstrong read, links to women of the otherworld series. Totally addictive, read all 3 books in a week, couldn't put them down!
Published 15 months ago by Laura
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