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The Gathering Storm (Crown of Stars #5)

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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  2,285 ratings  ·  32 reviews
The fifth book in Kate Elliott's popular and acclaimed Crown of Stars saga is exactly what the title implies: a gathering storm of dark, centuries-old forces preparing to make a final, cataclysmic return...
Hardcover, 928 pages
Published February 4th 2003 by DAW Hardcover (first published 2003)
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Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

The Crown of Stars series is well-thought out and obviously well-planned. It's epic in scope and it's got a lot of texture. There are many complex characters who we follow in parallel, as in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. Some of them are very likable, and there are some really excellent villains (e.g., Hugh). Ms. Elliott's creatures are imaginative and enjoyable, and I especially liked the way they interact with the humans. Ms. Elliott uses a lot of descr
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Alice
EPIC.

This book is epic. And normally, I like epic. But for some reason, this series makes me feel stupid. There are so many characters doing so many things in so many places, and what with the wacky time shifting and whatnot in this book, I just can't keep up. I spent most of my time going... "wait, WHERE are we? What is happening? Where did Liath go?"

I feel badly about it, because this author does things I normally like... taking archetypes and twisting them around, avoiding the happy endings f
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Kerri
One of the great things about this book, about this series in fact, is that it's nearly impossible to put it down. You may have prior commitments or friends to hang out with or whatever, but you still can't help but wonder when Liath and Sanglant will finally reunite, or where Hanna and Rosvita and friends will end up when they travel through the crowns, or if Alain will ever find happiness in the present. Almost no one finds true happiness in this fifth volume of the Crown of Stars series as th ...more
Jenny
i got 686 pages into the book and the bad guys cut out zacharia's tongue .. i put the book down and that's it.
Mei-Lu
Although the Gathering Storm is the fifth in a seven volume series (Crown of Stars), it’s the last one I read. In fact, I didn’t even finish this book. I got to page 672 and I gave up. Still, I feel like this book should count for two reasons: 1) plenty of books manage to tell their stories in 672 pages or less and 2) I need to get something out of the torture that was reading this series.

In the Gathering Storm, Liath and Sanglant finally reunite to prevent the upcoming Apocalypse together. But
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Darla
I really liked this novel in the way that I could not get through it quickly enough. I kept yearning for more and hardly could put it down! That is good; one tends to prefer interesting stories, characters, creatures, and worlds. However, this is the fifth book within this series and I believe that the author began referring to the impending "cataclysm" as early as the second book (I tend to mix up what was included in each separate book). Well, the "cataclysm" takes place within this book and w ...more
Sylvia Moore
Finally, I finished this tortuous book! I nearly gave up several times, but I've slogged through this series thus far and there are certain characters that I like well enough to want to know what happens to them. Although Elliott's prose is pretty, it's often too wordy. She relies too much on description, and not enough on action. The plot of this book, and the series itself, just drags on far too long. A good editor could have easily cut the page count in half, and still told us all we needed t ...more
Meuryc
I misplaced this book and found it again this weekend. Maybe I will try getting back into it. So far it is typical Kate Elliott. There are so many subplots I need a score card to keep up. I find myself wanting to jump ahead just to get to a subplot I care about.

I misplaced this book again and I have no real desire to find it. As I read through other reviews I find that I am not alone in my frustration. I think when I do find this book again I will add it to the give away pile and write it off. I
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Erinn
Oh. My. Goodness!

Such a good book! Elliott did a masterful job playing out every single storyline. She kept shuffling through them all and I'd always get so into that each one that I hated having to read the next, never mind that I'd been wanting to read more of it a chapter or so previously.

It had such a great ending too. I can't wait to see what the last two books have in store. I'd say more, but then there would be spoilers. We all hate spoilers, so I won't do that to anyone.
Sue
The first 30 pages or so of this book had at least a typo a page, and the last 10 or so pages did as well. Doesn't anyone copyedit/proofread any more? It was as if they let MS Word do the spellcheck for them - most of the errors were actual words, just the wrong words. I almost threw the book down in disgust, but I have the next two books in the series to read, and I couldn't read them without reading this one. I hope these errors weren't in the hardcover edition!
Alexis
These are long books, but really good. The lines become blurred between fantasy and real history.
Deanne Robin
The cataclysm is finally here and everyone is scrambling to either stop a great disaster or be part of the problem. Of course those that are part of the problem think they are the solution and it is unclear which side is right until the cataclysm has already happened. Again there are a lot of point of views to follow and it can seem to drag along at times. But as I read the book I had the hope it would all make seance by the end.
Katherine
Fifth in the Crown of Stars series. Elliott manages the multiple threads of her complex fantasy epic with admirable skill, her characters weaving through different countries and relative timelines, each doing their best to reach their own goals as the cataclysm looms. Feels a bit rushed at times (especially considering the slow and careful build-up of the previous four books), but very exciting overall.
Dave
Jan 08, 2008 Dave rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
I am really enjoying this series a lot. I like the way you actually care about the supporting characters as well as the main ones.
My only complaint, and it is a small one, is when you get really excited to see where the story is going with one character.....right as the author switches viewpoints.
This one has a pretty satisfying 'ending'. I can't wait to get started on the next one.
Sarah Jane
The Crown of Stars series is my first introduction into science fiction and fantasy novels. That's the only reason they would get such a high rating. As a young girl I related with the character Liath, especially her ability to escape to an attic in her mind where she hides all her pain. It taught me a valuable coping mechanism, and probably helped me in later years with meditation.
Ben
I thought this book was a disappoint. Some of the characters plotlines seem to be running in place and the 'climatic' finale was awful due to sloppy writing. I think Elliot grew bored and tried to write the last third of the book as quickly as possible. Hopefully the last two books in the series are better, but I'm not holding my breath.
Tim
"Crown of Stars continues to be complex with a capital C, but not so murky that you're frustrated. Volume 5 would seem to be just about the climax of the series, with the warned-against cataclysm virtually destroying the known world. There's much more to come, but I'd argue that the series was never quite as good afterwards.
Mike
I'm trying really hard to love this series, but so far I only like it. Parts of it are thoroughly engaging and parts seem to drag on indefinitely. The author has some good creative ideas, and the plot jumps made in the story aren't always predictable. I like the series enough to continue reading it.
Sara
This one was a little better though I still think the plot line moves along a little slowly. The beginning was hard to get through but it got better around the middle. I'm just barely interested enough to finish reading the series.
Armando Alvarez
Sep 18, 2007 Armando Alvarez rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 17 and up
just as confusing but worth reading. If you have the extra time I recommend this book . you weave your way through it and its easier if you have a good maturity level.
Arthur
The last an OK book in the series. The last two books are complete rubbish. It would be better if she never wrote them.
Jay
This one was still a little confushing but not as bad as book four. It was a fun read.
Erin
Would have been three, but the ending to this book was pretty amazing so 4 it is.
Averill Earls
Finally, this series got good. I'm looking forward to starting Book 6!
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Mordi
woorrrrtthhh it. fucking awesome. I need a cigarette
Jodi
Wow. Like the last one, a tear-jerker in places.
Peter Clarke
want to finish this one so can get onto the next
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As a child in rural Oregon, Kate Elliott made up stories because she longed to escape to a world of lurid adventure fiction. She now writes fantasy, steampunk, and science fiction, often with a romantic edge. It should therefore come as no surprise that she met her future husband in a sword fight.

When he gave up police work to study archaeology, they and their three children fell into an entirely
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