The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong


When I read the premise of this book, I was initially reminded of Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series. Any fans of that series knows Mercy is a “skin walker” more specifically a woman who can shift into a coyote. She also has a tattoo of a paw print on her hip, and has native American ancestry in her background.

The female lead in Kelley Armstrong’s book is a 16-year old part Native Canadian, who has a paw print shaped birthmark on her hip. She finds out that her unusual ability to connect with animals isn’t just a gift, and that one day she shift into one – she will be a skin walker.  So when I read this book I did feel the similarities in the topical elements of the book. When you read it however the story isn’t in any way the same, nor are the characters the same.

Maya lives in a small town near Vancouver Canada. In her town they have a research facility, but none of the kids  know anything about what goes on in there. The book mainly focuses on Maya’s regular teenage life. Their is the loss of her best friend, dating the new kid and learning new things about her background.

I thought the characters where relatable and the story line was great. It really picked up towards the very end and leaves you wanting to know more. I’m king of over the while love triangle thing that every book seems to be doing, but I admit the change in Rafe’s personality towards Maya was written well. I still want her to end up with Daniel, and for her to tell her what she’s discovered about herself. I also think the book is insinuating that Daniel has some sort of special gift as well. It will be interesting to see what it is. What actually goes on in that research facility will also be interesting to learn, although there was some explaining by Rafe that it has something to do with their ability to shift.


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