Bitten was the book that got me hooked on urban fantasy, so I love reading anything Kelley Armstrong writes. The Gathering is the first in a new young adult trilogy set in the same universe as Women of the Otherworld and is similar her The Darkest Powers trilogy. The small town where Maya lives is run by the St. Cloud family and she believes they’re working on top secret medical research. There’s a good chance that’s exactly what they’re doing, but established fans will know who the St. Clouds are even though they’ve not featured heavily in her other books.
The plot is fairly slow and I’m not sure if it will appeal to readers new to Kelley’s world. I would love to hear your thoughts if you’ve read The Gathering without any prior knowledge of the Otherworld. Personally, I love trying to make all the connections.
Sadly, the book doesn’t really finish. It’s designed as part one of a trilogy and it’s obvious at the end that there’s still much more to tell. I don’t mind this so much if books are a bit older and I can sit and read them back to back but I imagine there will be a long wait til the next one.
Kelley recently announced her plans to put the Women of the Otherworld series to bed after book 13. Us fans are clutching at whatever we can get so it’s positive that there’s still the young adult books to look forward to. I did enjoy her two Nadia Stafford crime books so I’ll be looking forward to whatever project she embarks on next. If I’m lucky I’ll get another instalment of Nadia and Jack!
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