I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Gatherer: A Brilliant Darkness Story by A.G. Henley
Series: Brilliant Darkness
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Alev is proud to be a Fire Sister, one of a fierce group of women who live on their own terms in a flaming mountain compound called the Cloister. The Sisters live without men, so Alev must Gather young girls to replenish their numbers.
When Alev plucks young Kaiya from the remote village of Koolkuna, the girl’s father follows them into the wilderness. Alev keeps him at bay, but she suspects that this man, at least, isn’t the monster she was taught all men are.
After he arrives at the Cloister, the Sisters want to put him to death. Alev can look the other way, or she can heed the growing whispers of her heart to help Kaiya and her father escape. But to defy the Fire Sisters is to revoke the only life and family Alev has ever known—and to face certain death herself.
THE GATHERER is an exciting 50-page prequel novella in the young adult fantasy Brilliant Darkness series. There are two novels and two short stories currently available in the series, and the final novel, THE FIRE SISTERS, is coming September 2015. The first novel, THE SCOURGE, was a finalist for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award.
The Gatherer is a short story about a fire sister “gatherer” named Alev who kidnaps Kaiya from her village and takes her back to become a fire sister. Using a special venom, Alev is able to control Kaiya and force her to do what Alev wants. Meanwhile, Kaiya’s father searches for her and chases them back to the Cloister of the Fire Sisters. Alev has always been taught that men treat women as possessions but she sees first hand the love of a father for his daughter. She begins having second thoughts about kidnapping Kaiya and must make a decision to keep Kaiya there or help her escape.
Despite Kaiya being in this story, it is really entirely about Alev, Alev’s growth, and her ultimately crisis where she must confront the fact that she stole Kaiya from a loving father and village. We aren’t given a whole lot of information about the fire sisters, but they do seem to be extremely misguided and unlikeable. I’m looking forward to learning more about them in the next book and this book is merely an appetizer to the full experience in the next book. This is a great read to hold you over and its well worth a look.