The Gathering (Lia Fail Chronicles #1)

The Gathering (Lia Fail Chronicles #1)


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ISBN-13: 9781453731062
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/16/2010
Pages: 478
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

S. L. Dearing was raised in California and grew up in Arizona. Shannon attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, then spent several years studying at Los Angeles City College's renowned Television/ Film program. She has worked on several film projects in many capacities. Over the years she has written several screenplays, poems and short stories. She is a multi-genre and mash-up author, interested only in telling the story. Shannon currently lives in the No Ho Arts District of the San Fernando Valley of Southern California.

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Gathering 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not my normal genre of book, but I wanted to give it a chance. Personally, I did not care for the book and just could not get into it. It seemed confusing and uninteresting, perhaps because the characters were uninteresting & not well developed. There were also way to many characters during the story. I found myself getting lost and it took a long time to finish the book. I would be open to another book from this author, but I think I’ll stay away from the paranormal.
ClaireTaylor More than 1 year ago
When I started reading this, I’ll admit I got very confused – there were just too many characters being introduced too quickly – but as the book continued I started to get to grips with who everyone was and how they fitted in (though which colony they were part of was still a mystery at times). The story is incredibly detailed and descriptive, making it easy to imagine everything as it unfolds and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it once I got about 20 chapters in. The quick chapters made it really easy to read, and come the end, I was completely gripped and really intrigued to see where the series is going next. I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Estrallita More than 1 year ago
I am a little torn on this book. I like the world created. It is well explained and well thought out. It was a good read. The book itself is written about groups that settled after the last world war in and around the West Coast of the United States. Some modern technology and some very old school castles were built for the communites. Lia Fail is where the main character is based along with her very large family. The events laid out in the book help explain the war, the gathering, the different communities, how magic came to be in the world, the evil that was in the world prior to the war and how it found it's place in the new society, and leaves opening for more books but could be a stand alone. I would like to read more, by this author, but would only request that there be a trigger comment in the Description/this book contains part. The rape situations in the book do fit with the world. It is something in our reality that is on the news and on some tv shows, so yes it is sometimes in our escapism as well when it is true to the world being created. My other complaint about this book was that there were to many characters.I got lost a bit and had to go back. It was so much to keep up with, but did not deter me from finishing what was a very interesting read. It has possibilities to open up an exciting world and I look forward to where it will go.
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Shirley_W13 More than 1 year ago
I absolutey adored this book. It was a longer book but it needed to be. I applaud an author who takes the needed amount of time to explain the various aspects and characters of a story. The Gathering happens every 6 months and it is a time for remembrance of loved ones lost, and meeting new loved ones, and seeing old friends. All the villages, with all their multi belief systems (which I was extremely impressed by) gather and come together as one at Lia Fail. When evil enters the Fail, it is up to Alia and the others to battle it. They encounter a beautiful new kind of magic (well actually old) but new to them that aids them and also a fierce dark enemy. Will good or evil prevail? I truly enjoyed this book. There are so many amazing characters and such great descriptions, I would at times close my eyes and visualize where they were. Ms. Dearing has a true gift. We are very blessed she is sharing it with us.
cjlps231 More than 1 year ago
I have to say I ended up loving this book, but it took me a while to get into it and the characters straight in my mind, there was so much jumping around at the start and so many people introduced that I got a little confused, if you do at the end is a list of all the characters and how they are related to each other.  This is what I would call an epic fantasy with so many characters and so much potential to go in so many ways, by the end of the book I was so invested in them all that it was sad to put it down, I can only hope that there is more in store.  I found it fascinating the way that the various religions and atheists/agnostics had put aside their differences after the war and learned to live apart but together in peace, the book doesn't promote one religion over another  but makes the point that we can live together in peace as long as we aren't judging others but reaching out in love and friendship.  Alia and her family  are definitely at the centre of the story and she is a wonderfully compassionate and loving person who has suffered so much but still has so much hope, yes there is romance, more than one but I think the one that touched me the most was Alia and Sean who while a stalwart in the book is more a support than a leading man, I would have loved to see more of him as his character spoke so much of love and sacrifice, longing and sincerity.  The young adults are a major part of the story but to mention them all will take to long suffice to say that even the ones who do wrong are made sympathetic and all of them are made very real as you read, at parts I was in tears, but all good books should make us feel, and become a part of the story and in this you certainly do. I would recommend this to anyone who loves fantasy. I received a free copy for an honest review 
claire7390 More than 1 year ago
The Gathering has been one of those books I've had on my tbr list for a while that I was interested in reading, so getting the chance to review it I jumped in with both feet and I wasn't disappointed! Although at first I found the book different to what I had imagined, and it seemed to make me think a lot of Games of Thones. I felt a lot of characters where introduced rather quickly and sometimes I found myself getting lost as to who was who, which I was concerned about at first but it all fell into placed the more I continued to read. The thing I found great about this book is that it touched so many different genres, that I don't think I could pinpoint one genre to describe it! There is a bit of everything in there!! The story was well written and keeps you hooked and wanting to read more! I cannot wait to see what else S.L. Dearing comes up with regarding book 2!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you took Divergent, A Game of Thrones, and The Stand and smushed them together, you would get The Gathering. I happened to be a big fan of all three of those books, so this was just awesome. Like A Game of Thrones, The Gathering has a large cast of characters that can be a little hard to keep track of, especially because we meet almost all of them very early on. However, there is a handy glossary of characters at the end of the book to help you out with that (also like A Game of Thrones.) and that's my biggest (only) complaint about this book. For me the feel of this book was very medieval, full of castles, villages, knights and maidens (no one is actually called a knight or a maiden but the characterization is sort of there). I really spent a lot of time feeling like I was reading a book from the Game of Thrones series, but every so often there would be mention of female soldiers or the LAPD or talk about Wheaties and I'd be brought back to the reality that the book is set in the not too distant future, and that made it feel a bit real and it kind of had me freaked out.  I think just about anyone that likes fantasy or dystopian novels would love this book. I'm really looking forward to reading the next one myself.     Copy received in exchange for an honest review.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
The Gathering by S.L. Dearing is a very well written book about our future.  It is not, however, sci-fi, but more of a magical back to basics.  I was a bit daunted by the size of the book, but was so engrossed that it took me less than two days to read.  The characters are consistent and so very lovable.  The story line is so full of plot twists and turns, it is like a roller coaster.  Loved the fight scenes.  Really, just a awful lot of fantastic stuff going on in this book.  Don't miss your change to give it a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so amazing!! Kept my attention through the whole book. I normally don't read this type of book, but I am so pleased with this book. So many characters and there is so much going on all the time. This is a must read book!!
rachel36m1 More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy for an honest review. The Gathering is set in post-apocalyptic Santa Monica. The survivors, living in colonies based on religious beliefs, travel to Lia Fail every six months to attend what I consider to be the equivalent of a fair to remember lost ones and allow everyone an opportunity to catch up on news. It also serves as the backdrop for the numerous romances that take place in this story. It is a happy time for everyone, but a sinister plot from an unseen enemy threatens to destroy everything. This book has a bit of everything – romance, magic, imps and even unicorns. It also has a lot of characters, many of which are unnecessary. As such, it takes some time for the story to begin because the majority of these characters are introduced in the first part of the book. The story itself is very good. The villain, The Shape, is an intriguing character as are his followers. Many reviewers seem upset by their disturbing actions, but I think it serves a useful purpose in depicting their evil nature. Overall a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've had The Gathering on my "to read" pile for some time, but waited to sit down and read it until I could take the time to really invest in the story. I'm glad I waited, and equally glad I found the time to do it. The Gathering is well worth the investment. This is not your light, fluffy bathroom read. It will take your time, and your commitment, but I promise: you won't regret it. In the vein of Tolstoy in War and Peace (who created over 500 unique characters!), Dearing presents us with a large ensemble cast, but does so in a way that everyone in the book becomes a whole and unique entity. And if at any point you get confused, she kindly provides a guide in the back as to who is who. While it can feel a bit overwhelming in the beginning, as you continue to read and invest in the story, you can see exactly her intent, and you start to feel as if each of these leaders, their children, and their people, are your family. The subject matter is intense. Dearing doesn't shy away from difficult topics, but her bravery here only enhances the story, even where you're left with your jaw hanging down to her chest. I'll add a warning here about some graphic content, but its important to note, it was not done in a gratuitous or solicitous way. It's there for a reason. The story demanded it. Finally, I'd like to circle back on the characters. Dearing manages to successfully tackle the concept of dimensional individuals who are neither wholly good nor wholly bad. Characters who in the beginning you loathe, by the end you begin to love. She handles the religious divides of the different groups with sensitivity and finesse, and most of all, with respect. Bringing different cultures together in a believable way is never an easy task, but she does it well. My only complaint is that I don't have another Lia Fail novel to dive into yet! But I will be patient. I've been waiting a long time for another author who could pull me into an epic series in the vein of Gabaldon, Martin, and Stirling, and now I've found it. One thing is for sure: Dearing has a new fan for life.
BPerlin More than 1 year ago
I Gathered there would be some trouble on the horizon! There was a tremendous build up that kept me in great suspense. I was dying to know what bad thing was going to happen but I knew I had to be patient and wait. The characters were life-like and interesting. I was pulled in from the very first pages of this spell binding story.The writing was easy to follow and flowed well. I was entertained and at the same time impatient to know where this mysterious tale was leading. There was true life heartfelt emotion that tugged on my heartstrings and at the same time reeled me in even more. This book is a great accomplishment and it's author should be extremely proud. "All across the village, people were enjoying themselves. Yet unbeknownst to them all, from the trees outside the village, those gold and blue eyes glittered in the night. They watched until a falcon flew overhead and then they disappeared with a flash. The falcon watched as well."
NarlyNut74 More than 1 year ago
"The Gathering" by S.L. Dearing Synopsis Thirteen years after the last world war, the village of Lia Fail sits peacefully above the Hollywood Reservoir in the Santa Monica Mountains. The village is making ready for the fall Gathering, where the other colonies from various parts of what was once Southern California visit for ten days of fun and reminiscence. What begins as a normal Gathering, soon changes as the people of Lia Fail begin to see magic around them. Then they receive news of a horrific massacre and face a nightmare as a dark evil descends on the tranquil village. Alia Stark, the queen of Lia Fail, must face this evil along side her oldest and dearest friends as well as an incredible new ally as the fate of her people and the lives of her children rest in her hands. Will her new magic be strong enough to save those she loves the most? My Review Lia Fail means the great stone of destiny. Just a tad bit of history for you before I give you my review. To me this was an important thing to know. S.L. Dearing has brought so many elements to this story line. It is everything I love rolled into one. Romance~Villains~Mythical Creatures~and of course Love. In a post apocalyptic world this medieval fantasy brings other families together from different villages. This is known as "The Gathering." Alia Stark is a headstrong queen of Lia Fail. She has 11 kids. In this book you get to know them one by one. They will captivate your heart. You will take the journey along with them and they're mother. Love will be found among many and villains are exposed. Little do they know there is an evil force that desperately wants something from Alia. A gift that Alia doesn't even know she has hidden within her. Alia will discover the goddess that is waiting to be unleashed. This book is a definite must read! I can't say that enough. I was on my toes until the very end. Turning page after page with the anticipation of what would happen next. I was rooting for the characters in this book and for they're fight and will to survive. The last few chapters literally gave me chills. I was beyond saddened that it came to and end. Then I brought myself back to reality and realized that S.L. Dearing is working on book 2. I cannot wait for it and you will feel the same way.
Ravenswood_Reviews More than 1 year ago
"THE GATHERING" BY S.L. DEARING It finally happened, World War III tore the everything apart and once it was over the survivors have been forced to pull together where they could and rebuild the world into colonies. The village of Lia Fail is the largest colony with its own queen and is settled in the Hollywood area of the Santa Monica Mountains. It has been thirteen years since the war's end and the time for the Gathering has come again. As the colonies far and wide prepare to travel to Lia Fail to join one another in a time of peace and tranquility, they have no idea what evil lurks waiting to harm them all. S.L. Dearing has created a cast of characters that are multi-faceted as well as endearing. It's not hard to see this series becoming an actual television series. The entire premise of the story is exciting and something you can entirely imagine being true. It seems the world has gone back to living in a time reminiscent of medieval life as well as the life of the world as it was just being settled. The creation is at once beautiful with just the right amount of undertones of the macabre to keep you interested in finding out what's going to happen and what these people can do to keep their families safe. I started reading this book night before last and stayed up late unable to stop reading until I finished it only moments ago. I definitely recommend this book and hope others will pick it up as a must read. S.L. Dearing is definitely an author to watch. Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community