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A Gathering of Crows

(The Levi Stoltzfus Series #3)

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Brinkley Springs is a quiet little town. Some say the town is dying. They don't know how right they are. Five mysterious figures are about to pay a visit to Brinkley Springs. They have existed for centuries, emerging from the shadows only to destroy. To kill. To feed. They bring terror and carnage, and leave blood and death in their wake. The only person that can prevent ...more
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Published July 7th 2017 by Crossroad Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
My initial impression of A Gathering Of Crows wasn’t favourable, but as the story progressed I found myself changing my mind quite a bit. For one thing, this story features Keene’s mysterious mythos dealing with “The Thirteen” which is fabulous stuff, and reminiscent of the ideas H.P. Lovecraft liked to employ. And for another, this book also features a rather endearing and somewhat out-of-the-box protagonist in the ex-Amish magus Levi Stoltzfus, who roams the countryside fighting supernatural ...more
Glenn Rolfe
My re-read of A GATHERING OF CROWS was every bit as enjoyable as the first time I read it seven years ago. Levi Stoltzfus is one of my favorite characters in any horror book ever. He's a flawed, faithful, compassionate, and a trusted friend.
DARK HOLLOW is my other favorite Levi tale (Ghost Walk was also great).
Keene wreaks havoc on the tiny town of Berkley Springs. At times, this one is grisly and raw, but Keene touches it all without losing the most important thing in a horror story--heart.
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Jonathan Echevarria
A Gathering of Crows is about a small town in the middle of nowhere, it's citizens are held prisoner from the rest of the world and their souls are consumed one by one by a group of invulnerable blood thirsty monsters. The set up is presented in a way that is truly terrifying, especially toward the later half of the book. Though this is a self contained story, it is really a follow up to Brian Keene's other novel called Ghost Walk. The main protagonist named Levi Stoltzfus is reintroduced for ...more
Bill
The crows are coming to Brinkley Springs, West Virginia.

With them, they will bring much death and mayhem.

Thankfully, an excommunicated Amish magnus is on the scene with his “Long Lost Friend”.
Let the fight for the town’s souls begin.

I like Keene’s work. His style flows easy and the action he pens in this one gathers some serious speed as the story progresses.

Chet Williamson’s narration takes a minute to warm up to, but after listening to it for a while I don’t know how it could have been
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John
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Not bad, but not my thing.

Kimberly
3.5 stars!

A GATHERING OF CROWS, by Brian Keene, is a novel featuring his recurring character, Levi Stoltzfus. The town of Brinkley Springs is already dying out, but five "people" come along to ensure that it happens at a much more rapid--and bloody--pace.

I loved the action, the lore that encompassed some Lovecraftian themes, and the infusion of some historical fiction to tie into this tale. Unfortunately, I felt that it took about half of the book to really get to that point. The beginning
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Pia Veleno
Two hundred plus pages of crow-men murdering a small town, and less than a hundred of resolution/fighting back against the Big Bad Evil.

I would've liked to see more character development, even if only Donny and Marsha (whose relationship I didn't buy into much at all) or Randy who never did much of anything.

I liked the concept behind both the crow-men and the resolution resolution, but the info dumps by Levi were more lecture than storytelling, and not all of it applied to the situation at
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Jeff O'Brien
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually rely on Brian Keene for a good, old fashioned, gory-spooky fun fest. I felt that he went above and beyond the call of duty this time. Levi Stoltzfus, the former Amish man who still dresses like he's Amish and is a master of powwow and dark magic and knows how to go to other dimensions, is by far one of the most interesting protagonists of this day and age.

The story was a lovely tale of potential apocalypse (reminding me a little bit of his novel Darkness on the Edge of Town- my
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Adamus
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Even tho the book was shorter than I liked & it took me longer to read than normal it was a really good book! The main character is one of the best characters in any horror series I have read definitely one of my favorites. The storyline was really good & it never let up off the suspense for a minute. I definitely recommend this to any horror fans!
Eat.Sleep.Lift.Read.

Characters I couldn't give a toss about. Check.
Filler galore. Check.
Info dumps. Check.
A throw away romance. Check.

The only redeeming quality is Keene's mythology, what he is building is pretty interesting.

The story itself was bollocks. Keene's mythology is cool.

3 stars I guess.
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Better than the second, almost as good as the first. This one didn't have LeHorn's Hollow, but takes place in another small town with the same of one of the thirteen entities (Or his revenants in this case). The action starts right away without mystery, and the five villains are beyond wicked in their creepiness. A flock of crows is called a murder....quoted in the book and true in this case. Plenty of death and eerie moments, a supernatural and creative battle, some characters who comes alive ...more
Rebecca McNutt
A Gathering of Crows was a really interesting story, but the writing was choppy and various scenes were dragged out unnecessarily.
Karl
Apr 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thunderstorm-own
This is copy 41 of 250 signed numbered copies,

This is book 1 of 3 (Plus a chapbook) in the set of Brian Keene’s Maelstrom Series
Red Lace Reviews
The town of Brinkley Springs is about to become a hunting ground. Five otherworldly beasts descend upon the populace, their hunger for death and destruction insatiable. Levi Stoltzfus finds himself amongst those in danger, yet he proves anything but helpless. Along with some unexpected allies, magus Levi must discover the identity of the ravaging monsters, and figure out a way to stop them.

(WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers.)

To show support for the author Brian Keene, of whom suffered
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Eden
Brinkley Springs is a quiet little town that some say is dying. And they are about to find out they are right.

Five strangers are about to pay Brinkley Springs a visit and they only emerge from the darkness to kill.

Only one person can stop them and that is Levi Stoltzfus.

This is the third book in the Levi Stoltzfus series. I read the first two books, Dark Hollow and Ghost Walk quite a while ago. I loved both of those books and they are a few of my favorites by Brian Keene.

There are existing
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Edward
Dec 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Not Keenes best. There's a lot of filler in this one. It could have easily been shorter without losing anything important to the story. Another issue was that he introduced a character with the same power as fan favorite Levi Stolfutz, who seemed like he was going to be detrimental to the outcome of the story, but ultimately did nothing with him.

On the plus side there is a lot of Keenes Labyrinth Mythos at work in this book. Which is always interesting and really saves this book from being
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Nick Lucky
I'm conflicted with this one. On the positive, I love Levi Stoltzfus. Every scene with him in thoroughly enjoyed. Also the mythos of the Thirteen was incredibly enjoyable. However, for me, this was overall not Keene's best. For me it spent too much time on characters I didn't care about, and WAY too much time cutting away to violent death scenes of people we had no investment in whatsoever. It got a little repetitive for me in the middle.

But once I got to the last quarter where Levi got more
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Joshtafari
Oct 22, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbb-2010
Not a bad setup for a horror book, and I like Keene's portrayal of small town Appalachia. The metaphor he presents of small town America dying out is possibly a little ham-handed, but apt. This is the second book featuring lapsed Amish and powwow magus Levi. Levi seems to be there to provide lengthy info dumps on Keene's Labyrinth mythos, a lot of which is a repeat from the last book Levi was in, Ghost Walk. I like the idea of a mythos tying all of his books together, but it would be better in ...more
Ms. Nikki
I really didn't get interested in this book until the halfway point. The first half was the introduction to numerous characters who may or may not make it through to the end of the book. The play of these character and the traveling man, Levi, was reminiscent of a King novel and not in a good way. For me this was just an "Okay" read.
Kimberly
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was epic in my view. I was totally swept up into the story. I have read the previous books with Levi the Amish man who isn't Amish, go figure. I really love his strong and intelligent character.

This book had one of the best endings in a horror book Ive read recently.
Could have been a movie, it was so well written, so exciting. I couldn't read fast enough Mr. Brian Keene!
R.J. Roles
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books
Holy Moly
Lisa Lee
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Levi Lives!
That is the inscription inside my copy of A Gathering of Crows, along with the author’s signature. I had the honor of meeting Brian Keene at Killercon 2018, where I purchased this book after fangirling like a moron. The story behind my discovery of this book and the message with the autograph is hilarious and embarrassing and is in a different post here.

But, Levi Lives! And that is exciting. The Levi Stoltzfus stories are creative and dark and creepy and so much fun to read. A
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Patrick
Feb 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
After a month of reading self-help books non-stop, I decided it was time for a quick break and return to one of my old passions: horror. My self-help streak broke last year thanks to the amazing Paperbacks From Hell which re-ignited my love for horror novels, especially the pulpy and obscure ones (though, admittedly, a lot of them might be best forgotten). I'd even tried challenging myself to finish Nightmare Magazine's Top 100 Horror Books. (I'm very far behind.)

Imagine my excitement when I
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Melanie
This is my third Keene book, but the first one I've read in the Levi Stoltzfus series. While I know lots of Brian's fans love the character, unfortunately, he didn't resonate so well with me, neither did the book as a whole.

Keene's book has plenty of action and interesting characters, but I found his mythology in this one a bit too broad. He mixes the Lovecraftian mythos with Christian beliefs, paganism, wiccan elements and some American historical mysteries for good measure. I can suspend
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Ami
Full review posted on my book blog, Creature from the book lagoon.

Brinkley Springs is a quiet little town. Some say the town is dying. They don’t know how right they are. Five mysterious figures are about to pay a visit to Brinkley Springs. They have existed for centuries, emerging from the shadows only to destroy. To kill. To feed. They bring terror and carnage, and leave blood and death in their wake. The only person that can prevent their rampage is ex-Amish magus (and fan favorite character)
...more
Scott Johnson
Jul 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Dread Central.

Brian Keene has been called a lot of things. From a virtuoso writer to the next Stephen King, the man's stories keep the majority of people shivering in their seats. His latest offering, A Gathering of Crows, is no exception.

The story begins in a quiet little one-road town out in the country, when five crows land and transform into murderous men in black. From there, readers are treated to one horrific death after another, narrated with reptilian glee with
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Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Chris Nortje
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The pace of this book is blinding and doesn't let up. I'm surprised how much description and backstory Keene manages to fit in while keeping things rolling. I would ascribe it to his simple writing style. His sentences are short and every single one of them has a purpose. He sticks to the story and gets it done.

The characters are not overdeveloped and Keene gives us just enough to keep the pages turning. The violence, blood and gore are at times extreme and, after reading two of his books, I do
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DJMikeG
Aug 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brian Keene at his best. The return of the Levi Stoltzfus character from "Ghost Walk" is great, and I enjoyed this book even more than that one. Levi is a such a cool, unconventional hero. He's like nothing else I've ever come across in fiction. Keene's description of a struggling rural town in West Virginia resonates with a clear, honest and rough hewn voice. Its like the literary equivalent of a Johnny Cash song. Except with way more gore (lets not forget that classic country music is full of ...more
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BRIAN KEENE writes novels, comic books, short fiction, and occasional journalism for money. He is the author of over forty books, mostly in the horror, crime, and dark fantasy genres. His 2003 novel, The Rising, is often credited (along with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture’s current interest in zombies. Keene’s novels have ...more

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