The Gathering of Shadows by J.D. Netto
Series: The Whispers of the Fallen #3
Published by Untreed Reads on October 31st 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: ARC copy from author
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When the thread of hope is split into two, which side will you take?
After the capture of three book-bearers, Isaac, Xylia and Arundel are beckoned to return to Agalmath to meet the Dark One. Around the four corners of Elysium, Lucifer and his servants are gathering an army—uniting men, beast, Shadow and Nephilin to expand his kingdom.
Hidden in the shadows and holding one of Lucifer’s most faithful servants in captivity, the blood-drinkers continue to hunt down Isaac and the others, seeking to retrieve the Book of Letters.
Isaac and Xylia’s courage and willingness to fight is starting to wane as they now fear that the path they have taken will claim their lives.
“When the stars blood drink. When the moon red turns. When the snow melts away. That’s when Elysium will burn.”
I received an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review from the author. It does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I read the first 2 books earlier this summer and really enjoyed them. Fantasy is one of the hardest genres for me to get into because of how complex the worlds are. Now, despite my rating 3/5 stars, I still very much enjoyed this book. A 3 stars from me means I liked the book. With that being said about fantasy, I will also say that I’ve kind of drifted away from the YA genre this year. This being another factor to my rating. I felt like I lost my connection to this world and character, but that is because of me and not the story/author.
This series is a very fast paced, very quick reads- I think it only took me maybe 3 hours to finish this book. Even though the plot and world continued, I still felt like I couldn’t fully connect with the characters. It’s like I could imagine the world, but some of it was still blurry. I felt I lost the connection with the characters and to be honest, I did forget a lot of what happened in the previous 2 and who some of the characters were. I also felt the action was too quick; it started then a few pages later the battle was over.
Overall, I really enjoyed this sequel. Fans of adventure and just the fantasy genre in general will really enjoy this series. If you have read my other reviews for the previous 2, my feelings for those still stand and still apply to this as well. You’ll love all the characters even bad ones- J.D. Netto does a great job at creating all these different creatures and bad guys!