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Convergence (The Blending #1)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  840 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Representing the forces of Earth, Fire, Air, Spirit, and Water, five talented strangers unite against the treachery of slave masters of the past in order to save their world. Original.
Paperback, 442 pages
Published November 1st 1996 by Eos
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V. Briceland
Let's first talk about the elephants in the room. Sharon Green's Blendings books, of which Convergence is the first, are about as eptly written as the average internet slash fan fiction.

She has five main characters—one representing each of the four elements of the natural world, and a 'spirit' element thrown in as a wild card—all of whom are hot and beautiful and in their mid-twenties and yet about as emotionally mature as a slow twelve year old. Green's Blending books follow the same pattern t
This book is a conflict for me. It's decent. The characters are JUST shy of being Mary Sues. However, the preachiness at the end ruined it for me. Didn't finish.

They're all high level characters in a world of level 1 plebs. They're all stunningly beautiful with big breasts or broad shoulders. It's sickening, but tolerable.

I was hooked after I started reading about the magic system. I'm a sucker for the mechanics of anything and always interested in new ways to express magic. Also, the writing st
when i was fifteen, i thought this series was the shit. the writing wasn't great, but hey, the sexy parts were good, so it didn't matter that the plot was like swiss cheese sliced superthin, right? looking back, the fact that the sexy parts *are* the best parts of these books is pretty telling. the premises of the plot and characters aren't bad, and there are some parts that are actually interesting, but overall the series is repetitive and predictable, and probably not worth the time it'd take ...more
Therese Ptak
I have a rule. I don't read books that I feel the need to edit. There are wording and sentence structure errors that make me crazy and distract me from reading this book. I found myself reaching for my red pen and wanting to cross out and reword clunky description and passive voice errors that should be above the published author (where was her editor??) The characters are kind of flat and the dialogue seems rather forced. The magical concepts seems to be interesting enough. But I fear that I ha ...more
Megan (Book Brats)
Quite possibly one of the worst books ever in my opinion. But I did learn one good lesson from it. When in doubt, drink tea. I trashed my copy of this years ago and I still remember that.
I liked this book a lot better when I read it in high school.

The story is set in an entertaining world of magic and intrigue, but the plot itself is poorly organized and the writing is not all that compelling. The 5 part narrative structure was interesting at first, but got tedious quickly and was never really used to its full potential. Instead of hearing 5 different stories, the reader gets 1 story told 5 almost exactly the same way each time. Still, if you're comfortable skimming
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Everyone knows a little magic. Maybe it's enough that you know how to make the earth sprout a little more green. Maybe you can light the hearth with a little concentration instead of flint and tinder. Maybe you can freeze enough water to make ice cubes. This is the life of a Low - the rank and file citizen of the Empire. The Empire makes good use of its citizens, and virtualy everyoine has some small talents.

It's the Middle and High talents that you have to watch out for.

Those who are suspected
As a rule, I never get rid of books, even if I thought they weren't great. This series was an exception. Maybe I'd be more OK with it now since I've read some romance since then and the love scenes wouldn't take me completely by surprise, but I tend to doubt it. I did really like the setup; a group of very very different people with strong magical abilities in different elements are brought together as a team for a competition. After that though, it just got hideously contrived. The number of wo ...more
I really enjoyed this book. Somehow it was exactly what I wanted to read. But, that said, I understand those who only gave it one star. Since I rate books solely on personal enjoyment, this whole series got high marks. But, to give it such high marks I did have to forgive the same glaring problems that those who did not enjoy the books. I was willing to do this, and those who enjoy intriguing magic systems and interesting (if sometimes infuriatingly dense) characters, and are willing to forgive ...more
I couldn't possibly say it any better than V. Briceland already has. I too find the series childish and repetitive, & yet I continue to re-read them at intervals because the overall story is strangely fascinating.

Rated 8/10 at

cover blurb:
In a world of magical adepts, every quarter-century the five greatest talents must be brought together. For only this powerful union of strangers can prevent the prophesied return of the Evil Ones who once enslaved
I liked this series when I read it as a teenager, but it wasn't awe-inspiring even then. That probably tells you something. At that point in my life, the sex (omg it makes ther magik stronger lololol!) held my interest enough to read the whole series. These days, I probably wouldn't waste my time and would look for something else with more substance.
Don't judge these books by the cover (the Blending series); the covers (at least the 1st edition American paperback covers) are actually the best part. Very pretty! I'd suggest just browsing the covers and spending precious reading time on something better.
Magic and the basic elements combined with a little romance? Ripped through this series and was sad when I finished the fifth book. Guess I needed a little magic in my life this winter.
when all else fails and life sucks, i reread something mindless. pretty dull fantasy, but all i wanted was to not be thinking, so it works.

reread 7 dec 2014. because finals.
This book... its about 50 pages long and then duplicated 5 times over substituting fire for water, earth for fire, and so on. Five times mediocre is pretty awful.
Lady Claire, Marchioness of Fancy Pants
This series took way too long for anything to happen.
I first read this series in middle and high school, and I loved them. I can probably say they had a profound impact on my reading choices and interests for the rest of my life. My first email address was a play on Tamrissa's character. I LOVED these books. I decided to read them again recently, and I still love them, if only for nostalgia. They are terribly repetitive. Like, ridiculously repetitive. She chose first person narratives for a story centered on five main characters -- terrible idea! ...more
In Sharon Green's Convergence, every 25 years mages skilled in elemental powers compete to take the Fivefold Throne and prevent the prophesied return of the Evil Ones. Lorand (Earth), Tamrissa (Fire), Clarion (Air), and Jovvi (Spirit), five very different people with differing personalities and views but all of them with serious issues, have come to be tested to qualify as Highs. Two of them want to, while the rest don't, but all are forced to by law. If they survive the tests, they have to over ...more
In this story there are 5 different magic abilities: fire, water, air, earth and spirit. This speaks of the lives of 5 individuals that has greater power than all the rest and they are the ones to fulfill the prophecy but they don't know it yet. This is the beginning stages of their adventures and this is where they get to know each other and learn about who they want to trust and this is where they start to defend each other from all others that try to put them down. All 5 come from somewhere d ...more
A bit too black and white (all the authorities are venal, corrupt, spoiled, while the heroes are valiant (one of them is even named Valant), brave, self-sacrificing, and blond for some reason). But... there is something there in the concept that kept me reading... despite the fanfic level of writing... and all the gorgeous blonde heroes (men are tall, women are petite and well-endowed, of course).
Intriguing enough that I'll probably pick up the second book, but I'm already a little fed up with the narrative voice's penchant for foreshadowing. The characters are all interesting and obviously flawed human beings, and the world's little differences are also intriguing, though, so I kind of want to know where the story goes.

This is one of those books where pages upon pages pass, and you look and say, "Oh, it's really only been 3 days since the characters arrived?" No, seriously. A nearly 450
Great concept and interesting and compelling when I first read the series, but returning years later? It falls flat. I think I am just so in love with the concept that I missed the glaring flaws the first time. Now.. I unfortunately cannot read it.
Candace Bremond
So funny, I read this book years ago, and really liked despite its awful writing. The same holds true today. I skipped multiple parts, but for some reason I still love this book. My guilty pleasure I guess.
i'm sad that i kept this whole series from the 90s as a treat... only to discover that i cant read them. the narrative style of choppy little chapters with snide little intros has totally turned me off. I'm not even going to rate this because i cant care enough to finish it.

Addendum: I actually did break down and finished it after all. Still not happy with it... but will read a second volume to see. The intros disappeared after you got into the book further, it worked better without commentary f
The entire Blending Series is one of my favorite series by far. I got them out of the library and loved them so much I went out and bought the entire series. This was before epub and my nook. And I still will keep these hard copies forever.

I love the world building, the politics and the relationships. These characters are flawed and strong. There were some annoying times, I admit when I wanted to strangle a character or two and thought their pigheaded stubbornness was a bit overdone by the autho
Interesting concept, but the story felt drawn out. It took too long to get to the good/interesting parts.
Read this many years ago. This series is what got me back to reading for pleasure again.
Ann Carpenter
This book is such a hot mess, yet I re-read it anyway.
I rather liked this book. It is a bit repetitive at times, since it follows five people, who undergo similar events. There are 3 or 4 times when the same thing happens to all of them, and it is repeated five times in each of their accounts. It is not too annoying, though, and the characters are nice with nice interactions. I particularly like how they come to each other's rescue when needed. I'd say the book is not brilliant, but it's very satisfying.
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Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Attended New York University and graduated with a B.A. in 1963. Married in 1963, had three sons, divorced in 1976. Raised the sons, Andy, Brian and Curtis, alone in New Jersey. Worked for AT&T as a shareowner correspondent, then as an all-around assistant in a construction company, then sold bar steel for an import firm. Left that job as assistant sales manager ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Blending (5 books)
  • Competitions (The Blending, #2)
  • Challenges (The Blending, #3)
  • Betrayals (The Blending, #4)
  • Prophecy (The Blending, #5)
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