It’s been just over a year since the Gathering was last hosted at Lia Fail and peace has once again returned to the little village, but the scars of the past are affecting everyone in the Stark family.
It’s the Christmas-Yule season and Alia Stark is desperate to bring joy back into her house. So as she watches the stars flickering in the velvet night sky, she sees several shoot across the void and it’s then she makes A Wish.
This is the first in a series of short stories based on the Lia Fail Chronicles. This is NOT a stand-alone short story. It is a continuation of the novel The Gathering. It will eventually be compiled with several other stories to form a 1.5 volume of shorts that will fill the time between book one and book two in the Lia Fail Chronicles.
Once again, I have to be honest and say that I was a bit worried when I started this book. Mainly because I knew it was set in the world that Dearing had already created, and there is already a full length novel by her out — which I haven’t read yet.
When I started reading this one, all I had expectations for was that it was going to be a Christmas story, but I was blown away by how great of a story it was. It wasn’t a single story, no this was stories from a group of people, and how they all celebrate Christmas, and Yule. And combining of the two holidays. As a Christmas story, this is one of my favorites that I have read.
And the fact that this takes place after The Gathering? Didn’t detract from the story for me at all. In all honesty it made me want to quickly go and purchase The Gathering because I just couldn’t get enough of this world.
Overall, I couldn’t recommend it enough! And I would say if you were on the fence about reading The Gathering, I would check this out first and see what you think!
Although she grew up in Arizona, S. L. Dearing was born and raised in California and considers the Golden State her home. Shannon attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, studying biology, then moved to Los Angeles where she spent several years studying at Los Angeles City College’s renowned Television/ Film program. She learned the art of storytelling from her father when she was very young and has been writing since the tender age of five. As an author of many genres, she is always hoping to learn more by exploring the world of story. Her first novel The Gathering: Book One of the Lia Fail Chronicles and a collection of shorts From the Gathering to The Bridging: A Lia Fail Short Story Collection (A Wish, A Touch, A Kiss, A Birthday and A Storm). She is currently working on the next book in the Lia Fail Series, The Bridging, due out later this year. A firm believer in short stories, she has released several as individual works: The Pen & Paintbrush Series (The One & The Gift), Drawing Heat, True Fodder, Affliction and Shelf Life. Several of these can also be found in collections and anthologies. She hopes to release a Sci-Fi Romance novella in the next few months, Captured. Shannon currently resides in Los Angeles.
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