Another great YA series for Kelley Armstrong! This book has been on my to-read list since it was announced. I devoured the companion series “Darkest Powers” last year and I have been anxiously awaiting The Gathering since then. This is not a continuation on The Darkest Powers series so don’t worry if you have not read them. There is a whole new bunch of characters and even some new paranormal abilities being explored. There are a few names dropped here and there and some info that those who have read the other books will pick up on but it doesn’t affect the comprehension or flow of this book if you haven’t.
This series takes place in Canada on Vancouver Island in a tiny medical-research community. I think this series will be a lot like Darkest Powers in the sense that they can almost be slapped together and read as one book. The plot is ongoing and you cant really read them out of order.
The main character is sixteen-year-old Maya. She is average by all intensive purposes. She was adopted when she was a baby and brought up in a stable home. She has two loving parents and a close-knit group of friends. Maya has always felt connected to the wildlife that surrounds her home. When she is not hanging out with her best friend Daniel, Maya is helping to rehabilitate and reintroduce injured animals back into the wild. Sure the animals seem to heal faster when she cares for them but that doesn’t mean anything...right? Things start to get complicated for Maya when Rafe enters the picture.
I love Rafe, then again who doesn’t love the bad boy? Well...Maya, she is unimpressed (unlike every other girl at their school) by his smooth talking. He is going to have to try a new approach if he wants to win her over. Then there is the best friend, Daniel, I’m sure some will be rooting for him. I think there is a lot more to learn about Daniel in the rest of the series because you only get a touch in The Gathering. Buts its enough for you to wonder…
With mountain lions seeming to test their boundaries, it’s unclear who’s to blame for the unexplained deaths that are popping up around Vancouver Island? There are a lot of questions at the end of this book and I am bummed that I have to wait a year for The Calling. But I do recommend this book if you liked The Darkest Powers. I have a feeling that the two series will collide more in later books too, which means fans may get to see more of there favorite characters again. :-)