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The best of the "Immortals" series so far
on 22 September 2007
Leda Stowe is living quietly on an isolated island looking after endangered species until a man wielding the most powerful life magic she has ever felt mysteriously appears. Once a member of the Coven of Light, Leda is now tainted by death magic after resorting to dealing with a demon when her husband was on the verge of death. Recovering, he was unable to accept the actions she took to save his life and left her; later remarrying a none magical woman. A strong air witch, Leda is able to withstand the temptation of the darkness inside her; however the power of an Immortal cleanses her soul.
Hunter, the final missing Immortal brother to be found is a "love them and leave them" type, happy to indulge in fun and sex but never prepared to feel anything deeper following the deaths of his mortal wife and children nearly a millennia ago. Yet Leda draws him as no other woman has done before, and before he knows it he's in love. But he would rather walk away than see Leda hurt in any way, and with a battle looming that will decide the fate of the world, he won't allow himself to commit to her.
Hunter is dubbed "the crazy one" by his immortal family (not surprising considering his mother is Kali, the goddess of destruction) and he definitely lives life for the moment, eager to battle evil and equally eager to woo the women afterwards. He is just one of a bucket load of great characters that appear in this book, uniting in a whirlwind of action to defeat Kehksut (aka Amadja aka the ancient demon). The battle lines are drawn as the Immortal brothers unite and all the heroines from the previous books, Amber, Lexi and Christine with Leda strive to thwart the imminent victory of death magic. Further appearances are also made by shape shifters Valerian and Sabina, master vampires Septimus and Ricco and demigod Mac; all willing to aid the battle to stop death magic overpowering the world.
I was eager to get my hands on the fourth book in this series as Tain's future love interest is introduced; a woman with an unusual background but one which will undoubtedly help her understand him and how his experiences with Kehksut have changed him. I don't want to give away any major spoilers; however it will be interesting to see what happens in the yet to be completed final book. There is definite closure in "The Gathering" as all the Immortals, their witches and even their goddess mothers become involved in the final battle against Kehksut. Like its predecessors ("The Calling, The Darkening" and "The Awakening") this book is a wonderful action packed paranormal romance, yet its climatic ending leaves me wondering if a fifth and final book is really necessary.