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Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Gathering by Antonia Tiranth

The Gathering: Tales of the Rikashi Book Two by Antonia Tiranth
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short (110 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Cholla

Can Gem and Shirak find their way through madness and sorrow to forge a new peace?

Gem Tunuviel thought her father's insane quest was at an end. She was wrong. He is resolved on destruction. Driven to escape him, she seeks the faces in her visions: other Rikashi, dragon shape-shifters like herself.

Shirak Gwindor, haunted by nightmares of half-remembered tortures, is also following a vision. He struggles to keep his attraction for Gem buried under his rigid sense of duty.

As a force draws the Rikashi together, can Gem find acceptance with others of her own kind, or must she keep her true self hidden?

She was abused and belittled at the hands of her insane father. He was well-trained and well-loved by his mentor. Can they work together and decipher the vision that haunts them in time? With the help of ten others, they are sure going to try.

Gem was not only tortured by her father, but he used her skills as a healer to help him torture others, one of which was Shirak, her new partner in crime. Somehow, she found the strength to hold it together and eventually get out from underneath his sadistic thumb. Even though her past tends to hold her back, Gem is bound and determined to move past it and make a new life with Shirak and her new friends. It’s a struggle for her at times, but she stands tall and pushes forward. I’m always amazed by people like that.

Shirak is proud and confident, even when haunted by nightmares. He knows about Gem’s background and is patient and kind with her, despite his need to be with her. Shirak is the kind of man we all need in our lives. Yes, he makes mistakes, but when he does, they’re all made for the right reasons – and from his heart. There is no better person to help Gem through her transformation than Shirak.

In addition to the wonderful main characters, Ms. Tiranth introduces us to a fistful of amusing and entertaining supporting characters like Phi, the strong and confident human sister-in-law to Shirak and Fin, the exuberant and always cheerful sidekick. And of course, there’s got to be one really creepy bad guy, right? Right – and you won’t be disappointed in this one either, he takes mean and cruel to a new level.

There is so much room for these characters – and story – to grow and I can’t wait to see where we go next. An engaging and magical story, you’re on the edge of your seat to see what catastrophe will befall the group next. And you never have long to wait until you do. I am waiting in eager anticipation for the next installment, excited to see what happens next. A wonderful way to spend your reading time!