This is the beginning of a journey that will change all of their lives forever.
The Gathering: Book One of the Lia Fail Chronicles is the first in a new Paranormal, Fantasy, and Adventure Series.
The Gathering is the first book in the Lia Fail Chronicles Series. It is long with a lot of characters introduced, but the time spent reading and figuring out the dynamics is well worth it. Set in California, the story takes place in the future in an apocalyptic society after World War 3. Life has reverted back to medieval times and humans are struggling, having created new colonies based on a religious belief system. All of the colonies get together to celebrate peace and tranquility during The Gathering. But, evil comes to the Gathering, also, and threatens the citizens.
There are aspects of torture and brutality within the story (and even rape), along with religious and theological aspects. The author really pushes the envelope and leaves nothing “taboo” out of this book. It’s like watching a train wreck and not wanting to look away – but it a good way. With that said, I don’t think young readers would understand or enjoy The Gathering. It has a lot of mature subject matters within the story. However, I really, really, enjoyed so much of this book and can’t wait to see where this series goes. The ending can be described with one word – WOW! That, alone, makes it worth the time it takes to read and understand The Gathering. I highly recommend reading this book!
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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