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Gathering (Chronicles of Empire 1)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  15 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
A group of young travelers come together on a promise of work in the city of Corianth. They intend to discover their dreams and fortunes.

Instead, they'll be snared in a conspiracy, and left fighting for their lives...

Sirath is on the run. Erin wrestles with her faith. Dalathos seeks his place in a world that would otherwise shun him.

Against them is Molric, who has journ
Kindle Edition, 421 pages
Published November 7th 2016 by Brite
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Nov 02, 2016 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the face of it, you would think that Gathering (the first book in Brian G. Turner’s ‘Chronicles of Empire’) is a fairly standard fantasy novel, where a group of disparate travellers come together - more by luck than judgement - and find themselves drawn into a greater quest to put the world to rights. And if it were to be presented to you as that you might well think ‘ho hum’.

But hold your horses, because Turner subverts your expectations straight away, in the prologue, by introducing an elem
J.L. Dobias
Dec 05, 2016 J.L. Dobias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SFF fans and those who enjoy Historical Fiction
Shelves: book-shelf-08
I picked the Chronicles of Empire Gathering by Brian G Turner up because it promised both Fantasy and Science Fiction with a taste of something--possibly of Historical Fiction. It doesn't disappoint in creating that combination and I have to admit that I truly enjoyed the story and the characters. But there were some elements that made this a difficult read for me and after finishing the first time through I had questions about things that I couldn't honestly say were not answered in the book be ...more
Nov 13, 2016 Anushka rated it really liked it
Chronicles of Empire: Gathering
Brian G. Turner
A review by Anushka

Gathering is a first book in the series Chronicles of Empire by the debut writer Brian G. Turner. It is a fantasy book primarily set in a late Middle Ages sort of world, but there are clear elements of sci-fi most represented in form of time travelers such as the main antagonist Molric and the technology to come being referenced at times.

The book is an impressive debut from an author with a clear passion for his work and the work t
Margaret Weighell
Nov 06, 2016 Margaret Weighell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Morlic is from the future. Power hungry and determined to stop the destruction he knows is to come.
A group of young misfits meet and journey to the city Corianth on the promise of work. Their they are joined by Ezekiel who is also from the future and determined to stop Morlic destroying humanity.
Instead of finding their place they are drawn into the power struggle and their lives are in danger.

A slow build up but once they reach the city it fast paced and completely draws you in. Some nice twis
Cathbad Maponus
Nov 05, 2016 Cathbad Maponus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Title: Gathering (Chronicles of Empire)
Author: Brian G. Turner
Publisher and Copyright: Brite ( 2016 Brian G. Turner
Price: $10.99 (paperback) $4.99 (Kindle)
Cathbad’s Rating: 9 of 10
Release Date: November 15, 2016

A Review by, Cathbad

Chronicles of Empire: Gathering

The first thing I noticed about this book is that the technical aspects of the writing puts mine to shame.

It’s clean. The pace is near perfection. Grammatical errors are non-existent. The c
T.I.M. James
Oct 24, 2016 T.I.M. James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that has been a long time in the making. Not only has it given the writer a lot of hard work, or studying writing and understanding writing, it has also managed to spawn the biggest SFF forums on the internet, all without a word being published.

But all the hard work, has it paid off?

Turner delivers a book that on the face of it is a standard fantasy, or at least that it how it is packaged, but within a few pages you rapidly discover there is a lot more to it than that. In fact I f
Dec 08, 2016 Idoru rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I only knew about this book because I’m a member of SFF Chronicles, a forum set up by the author. Unsurprisingly he’s advertising the book on his forum and I followed the link to find out that I could ‘borrow’ the book via Amazon Prime.

The story follows a group of travellers thrown together by circumstance, all of whom for reasons of their own are going to their country’s capital city. The team is rather disparate and under normal circumstances would surely have never met never mind worked toge
Dominic Cheverton
Nov 14, 2016 Dominic Cheverton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the face of it, ‘Gathering’, the debut novel by Brian Turner, is a typical fantasy; unlikely travellers fated together to battle their foes, but Tuner flips this on its head brilliantly with the introduction of Molric in the first chapter. The novel’s primary antagonist, Molric is a traveller from the future who brings advanced technology back with him in a bid to save the world from destruction.

The fact that the novels antagonist is trying to save the world speaks volumes for the world Turn
Steven Poore
To say that Gathering is an epic would be something of an understatement - Brian Turner has collected most of the standard tropes of fantasy fiction, given many of them a brush-up and turned them to fresh angles, and then thrown in a few SF elements for good measure. There's a heck of a lot going on here, making for an ambitious debut novel.

Some of the gambles pay off: Rodrigan is an immediately sympathetic villain, and a great viewpoint from which to look at Molric's machinations. Of the heroes
Nov 03, 2016 Gnrevolution rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 14, 2016 Elvet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gathering is a strong fantasy debut, with an interesting plot twist that I had not encountered before. The story unfolds as rather familiar tale of a collection of disparate characters, who become embroiled in a plot to assassinate the ruling emperor. It is told in multiple POVs, something that I am fond of if done well, which this is. The story flows from one POV to another, and moves along at a good pace. This group of people have some expected skills - the fighter, the thief, the blacksmith, ...more
Stewart Hotston
Nov 14, 2016 Stewart Hotston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a strong, solid start to a world that I want to explore further. Turner has built a cast with depth and differing motivations that I enjoyed spending time with.
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Brian G Turner spent over 20 years researching mediaeval living history before publishing the first book in the Chronicles of Empire series.

He also visited historic sites, re-enactments, and learned many of the skills his characters use — not least horse-riding, archery, and sword-fighting — to provide for a more realistic character experience.

He currently lives in the Highlands of Scotland with h
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