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Gathering (Chronicles of Empire 1) by [Turner, Brian G]
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A group of young travellers come together on a promise of work in the city of Corianth. They intend to discover their dreams and fortunes.

Instead, they'll be snared in a conspiracy, and left fighting for their lives...

Sirath is on the run. Erin wrestles with her faith. Dalathos seeks his place in a world that would otherwise shun him.

Against them is Molric, who has journeyed to the past to destroy it. He plots to assassinate the Emperor and arm his allies with the secret of explosives.

But there is a gathering of forces bigger than anyone realises. The decisions made here will decide not only the fate of an empire, but the future of humanity.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1505 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Brite; 3 edition (7 November 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M2UHXR8
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #359,674 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... going with 5 over 4 though it's really more like 4. 5 22 May 2017
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I'm going with 5 over 4 though it's really more like 4.5. I didn't quite "love it" but much more than liked it. It's invocation of Dragonlance is apt, it also recalls Chris Wooding's excellent Ketty Jay books. Like Dragonlance, there is a large group of companions struggling to work together and trust each other. Over the course of this book, each character gets a little time to shine and by the end, I'd become very fond of almost all of them. The story and action move along at a good clip, providing a series of schemes and escapes that are very entertaining and refreshingly different from the usual clash of armies in fantasy.

On the downside, this is very much book 1 of a series, so some mysteries remain merely hinted at (including some very unique sci-fi flourishes), and the quick pace leaves a few characters under developed (specifically the albino and the sisters) and an occasional sensation that a lot is happening but not enough is being resolved/revealed. That said, the entire group is likeable enough that even if their ostensible reason for being together strains credulity at times, it's fun spending time with this motley group of society's down and out.

In all, this is a lot of fun, moves at a good clip, and is worth the time invested, provided you understand that this volume is doing a lot of stage-setting for what seems like a very unusual story to come. I'm very likely to pick up the next volume to see what fate has in store for these folks.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars but there’s a very nice twist into another genre that unexpectedly adds layers of ... 25 December 2016
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4.5 Stars

Gathering is a book rich in characterization, plotlines, atmosphere, and period detail. It has the feel of an epic fantasy (large cast, characters traveling to meet their fate, graphic battle scenes, arch villains), but there’s a very nice twist into another genre that unexpectedly adds layers of intrigue that I found quite pleasing.
There’s a huge cast of characters in the work; our band of protagonists is made up of a group of strikingly well-defined individuals. And I was very pleased that there were so many strong female characters; indeed, much of the book seems driven by the actions or decisions of the female leads in the story.
I really liked our group of heroes. I really enjoyed the novel’s complex plotting. And there were many-many surprises along the way (not least the number of instances of sly humor in the book).
My only caveat would be that, after a whiz-bang opening chapter, the book takes a fairly long time to get back to the action parts of the story. There are long passages where the large cast of characters are introduced, and brought together. But I rarely read epic fantasy, and I think this sort of diversion into characterization is something that many fans of the genre expect, and even look forward to. So that might be my science fiction bias at work, here.
I would highly recommend this book (it seems very well edited, too). I’m really looking forward to the next instalment of the series.
4.0 out of 5 stars Only the Beginning 1 January 2017
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It's hardly fair to venture a definitive on something that is clearly only the first of a series...nonetheless, it's a very good start, particularly when you consider the need to introduce a large number of characters -- including what appears to be a new "magnificent seven" of heroes. And with that going on in the midst of a really convoluted and wide-ranging plot...I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next!
And it's fun to find characters in a "team" story that the reader can really care about!
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad choices yield worse results. 27 February 2017
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A great and novel premise with relatable characters, realistic and exciting action.
I wish the author would've stuck with the sci-fi element instead of going to the historical fantasy route at the end. BUT...this is the first novel in the series, so I can't say for sure if that will remain the case.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great realistic well written fantasy mixed with elements of time travel and the peppering in of some future technology. 6 December 2016
By J.L.D - Published on
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I picked the Chronicles of Empire Gathering by Brian G Turner up because it promised both Fantasy and Science Fiction with a taste of something--possibly of Historical Fiction. It doesn't disappoint in creating that combination and I have to admit that I truly enjoyed the story and the characters. But there were some elements that made this a difficult read for me and after finishing the first time through I had questions about things that I couldn't honestly say were not answered in the book because, as it turns out, on my second read through I discovered that I must have been thrown out of the story several times. Sometimes this can be the book and sometimes it can be the reader. I'm glad I read this through a second time, because once I made a pact with myself to pay better attention to what I was reading, most of the questions were answered.

It may be that some aren't because this is a series or it might be that I still missed a few things. I'll get into a few of those along the way here.

I think one problem in my first read was a feeling of slight disjointedness between the Science Fiction elements and the Historical Fiction element. It felt almost like the Science was overlaid on top of a Historical Fiction. Part of that might be the attention to detail paid toward the historical detail along with reasonable well written material concerning metal working. The metal work is integral to the story and certainly adds to it. Some other detail becomes somewhat questionable allowing in part some bit of wild speculation about the Science Fiction part.

By this I mean that from my understanding (and please understand I might have some of this confused even after two reads), this planet is not earth regardless of the fact that the wildlife and flora seem to parallel earth quite well. It would make for a nice parallel Earth story, except (again from my understanding) this world has some part to play in the making of our Earth. So-unless somewhere down the line we find that as it goes streaking through our solar system it somehow transports all of these element onto the earth (maybe likes James Blish's Cities in Flight) It just seems too much a coincidence to be so closely parallel.

So the science fiction part of the story involves two characters protagonist and antagonist. I had a difficult time deciding which was which.

Molric seeks to save the past of this planet; which seems destined to some catastrophe in the future where he comes from. Ezekial also comes from the future; but knowing that this planet's doom is imperative to Earth's existence he seeks to stop Molric.

But in the main story itself, which does in many ways remind me of the Three Musketeers with all the political and social intrigue, there are forces working against them both.

Rodrigan seems to represent an element of the religious order who are working with Molric (he is not aware exactly what Molric is other than a way to gain power over the empire and depose the emperor.) His motive could be good; but his methods sink any possibilities of putting him in a protagonist position.

The group that is gathering are ultimately working for the Emperor, who also would not qualify well as a protagonist. But primarily Jerine and her sister Tilirine seem intimately associated with some higher power and they are presently aligned with Ezekiel without knowledge of his past or even his goals.

There is a vast intrigue that seems to orbit these two primary groups of players and in some large way it gives the appearance of one group attempting to push back the tide of time; while the other tries to restore it; while all else conspires to let time march on as it always has.

Though the historical accuracy (of peoples; institutions; economy and politics and not actual history of ours) can for some readers (this one) often throw them out, it does add both a mood and a sense of world building that makes it quite authentic. Add to this the peopling of believable characters both flawed and sometimes downright frustrating; this is a well written book that deserves a good read and probably more attention than I gave it the first run through.

---Possible spoiler alert-though my obvious confusion might abrogate it.-----
I am however still confused about the future characters mentioning having seen this worlds technological development before it's destruction when in another place it appears that the planet will be ripped from wherever it is and be thrown into our solar system where it becomes unlivable while its presence is necessary for the seeding the Earth with life.

What is not so clear is the possibility that Ezekiel is from a further future than Molric and has larger insight into what needs to take place. I'm only guessing at this because of what each character seems to have witnessed. Which brings us back to neither of them necessarily being the antagonist because they have differing perspectives from which to operate.(So even on the second read I may have missed something vital.)

I read this through Kindle Unlimited and initially when I started my comments I discovered that it had been prematurely taken back; so in order to see my notes and read it a second time I had to check it out again and I've no idea how that works out for the author as far as payment.

I shall purchase a copy soon for my personal library; not to read a third time (at least not right away), but rather just to help insure the author can sustain himself while finishing the work; so I can read the rest.

J.L. Dobias