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Quest of Fire: The Gathering Dark

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Jason is an expert at running from his past. When it catches up, he finds himself hiding in a peculiar inn listening to a tale from centuries past.

The story is Anargen's, a teen who is pulled from all he loves to follow his oaths of loyalty to the fabled King of the Realms. Together with his mentor, Cinaed, he rides north on a special quest to mediate peace talks between a
Kindle Edition, 420 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Mantle Rock Publishing
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The tales of a skilled tavern storyteller take us into a world of fantasy, strife, challenges and sacrifice, the story of a man who became a legend. Follow a tale of adventure and self-discovery, as a young man leaves his small village to become a both an honored knight to those who follow his king and a scourge to his enemies. But will happen to the boy he once was and the man he has been forced to become?

Brett Armstrong’s THE GATHERING DARK is a well-told tale of fantasy in epic proportions!
InD'tale Magazine
The idea of a story within a story is also intriguing as it adds an extra interest to the plot fantasy lovers will not be able to resist. Overall, this is an excellent tale readers shouldn’t skip!

Read full review in the 2019 May issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Kelly Bridgewater
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fans of adventure, knights, and mystical creatures should jump at the chance to read Quest of Fire: The Gathering Dark by Brett Armstrong. Armstrong is a fabulous writer who really dives into his character's minds. Most of the fiction written is written by women, so when a male writer comes along who dives into the male thoughts, it really grabs my attention. I love how Armstrong really dove into the male side of the romantic feelings for his hero Anargen. It was a nice change to see the differe ...more
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Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this was fascinating. What I really liked is how well the folk lore the man was telling blended into the present and you really had a hard time distinguishing if it was really just lore or not.

Jason is a strong character. He is back to fix a debt and along the way veers into a pub to get out of the rain. When he does, the pub owner is in the midst of a tale. A tale that has you engrossed by the detail, the alure of the danger and unknown, the web that is created between the fable and reality, th
Peter  Younghusband
I’ve wanted to read this novel since its release and have now been able to due to being on holiday over Christmas and therefore have more time to squeeze it in without affecting my review schedule. The other reason is that his new release, Veiled Sun, the sequel to Day Moon (Tomorrow's Edge series) will be released on January 21 and I did not want to be behind in yet another novel behind for this author.

This was a very wise decision. I loved this novel and I pray the sequel is not too far away.
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads, arc-copy
From the turn of the first page, The Gathering Dark is a story of adventure and mystery and has plenty of action all the way until the turn of the last page. The characters come to life as they have banters and squabbles with one another. At times the story is hard to get into and follow because it is unclear what exactly is taking place. This is a story that fans of epic fantasy, especially teens will enjoy.

Series: Quest of Fire
Genre: epic fantasy, young adult, coming of age
Publisher: Mantle Ro
Rose (Adventurous Bookworm)
I debated for awhile on how to write this review. On one hand, this book had a lot of potential but it also didn’t meet my expectations.
I was hooked in the prologue. It was interesting and drew the reader in right away.
This book seemed very serious and heavy, without the joy that normally comes to lighten the mood.
Another think that I was not fond of was the characters. They seemed two-dimensional and all had similar personalities. Midway through the novel, still had no idea who was who because
Valicity Garris
If you enjoy epic fantasy, I would strongly recommend this book to you. The Gathering Dark is the beginning of a saga that begins with a young man who must learn to grow up much faster than most. It seems like the weight of the world is placed on our hero’s shoulders when he sets out on a mysterious quest, but he is not alone on this adventure.

The best (and maybe the worst) part of this book is that its part of a much bigger picture. I mentioned earlier that this is the beginning of a saga so i
“Sometimes we are called to make a stand, even if it ends in sorrow. Sometimes it is the stand which is the most powerful implement for the High King to cast off darkness.”

3.5 stars for this interesting fantasy novel by Brett Armstrong. The story starts out with Jason who stops by a tavern and gets sucked into an epic tale of old told by a storyteller at the tavern. The role that Jason plays in the overarching plot isn’t clear until the end of the I’m thinking there is at least another
Joel Thimell
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brett Armstrong has done it again. "Quest of Fire: The Gathering Dark," is his third book and like the other two, it is truly thought-provoking. First, he gave us Destitutio Quod Remissio, a powerful Christian novel set in Ancient Rome which displayed a gritty realism rarely encountered in the genre. It challenged modern Christians to consider how we would handle trials and tribulations in our own lives.
In 2017, Armstrong followed that with something completely different. Day Moon is a dystopian
Robin E. Mason
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love when Biblical Truths are wrapped in a well-told story! Even more so when it’s written for teens and adolescents.
The characters were well represented, authentic in their struggles with their journey and in their squabbles with each other. The 14th century setting was rugged and crude. At first the narrative at the beginning threw me, but as the story developed and the narrator appeared in “interludes,” it made more sense. The innkeeper was a mysterious character, and the twist at the end w
Esther Haddie's Haven
A QUEST OF FIRE: THE GATHERING DARK is a book filled with adventure, mystery, amazing worlds and brilliant characters. I have not read a book quite like this. I say that about a lot of books, I know. But I genuinely mean it this time. Brett Armstrong's world-building is phenomenal. Every detail was composed and brought to life so intricately. I really enjoyed following Jason as he uncovers Anargen's story. This was my kind of book and I am on the edge of my seat, anxiously waiting for the next b ...more
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful journey this new to me author took me on!! And yep I done it again got in the middle of the series. Now, I'm going to have to back and read the others.
At first I wasn't sure I was going to like it because it started out slow and uninteresting. However as it went along I did start to enjoy it. Knights and shinning armor and fantasy to boot! What's not to love about this book.
Jason is an interesting character to me. I think it's because I can relate to him so much! I had to grow
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t remember when I last read a frame tale written as successfully as The Gathering Dark. Brett Armstrong introduces the main tale through the mouth of a storyteller. Throughout the tale of Anargen and his friends I could hear the voice of the old man telling the story in front of the fire in his inn. I loved the surprise in the last chapter - it was totally unexpected. Another well-done aspect of The Gathering Dark is the parallels between following the High King and following Christ, betwe ...more
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: justread-tours
First warning, this is the first book in a series so you're going to find some cliff hangers and an ending that leaves you wanting more. Sorry, that's just the way it is.

I loved the cover. Covers draw me in and make me want to read a book so this one definitely did its job.

This is not the genre I love. Honestly, it's probably some of my least favorite genres but it happens to be my oldest sons favorite and I pre-read books before letting him read them. My husband does some of this prereading bu
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" This book seemed, when I began to read it, as if it would be much like the hit video game series Assassin’s Creed. The story begins with a character who does not take the title of protagonist. I assumed the book would jump back and forth between Jason, the character from the start of the book, and Anargen, the main protagonist in the story Jason is told is about. While it did not do that as often as I had expected, I was pleased to learn the book did, indeed, do this a few times. Jason and Ana ...more
Amanda  H
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This fantastic story drew me in from the get go! The characters and story line are richly written, creating a story that is easy to get lost in. I thought that Brett did a wonderful job of bringing the fantasy style story to life. This is the first book in the series. The Gathering Dark is a story of adventure and romance, with some spiritual themes woven in. I look forward to reading the next book in the series!
I received this book from Just Read. This is my honest review and is in no way infl
Amber Killian
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished up this book and I enjoyed it a lot! If you like books like Narnia or Lord of the Rings then this book is right up your alley. I found my self talking out loud to the characters several times, just trying to get them not to do something I knew they were going to do any way or, telling a certain character to be nicer. I don’t want to give anything away but, the ending left me hanging and ready to read the next book. The author did a great job lining the story up in this book and kep ...more
This is a strong epic fantasy novel involving a quest and to some extent a coming of age-type story. Anargen and his 3 friends are chosen to accompany Sir Cinaed on a quest that only he and the Most High King know the destination and purpose. In faith, the four travel far beyond their Black River home and into dark and mysterious lands.

The story starts unusually with a prologue that we soon discover has little relevance to the greater quest. Jason stumbles across a tavern where an ancient storyt
Candy Smith
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is definitely an epic fantasy tale in my opinion!I absolutely love the setting background of this story as I adore tales of knights,fighting for good and determined to overcome the darkness. Our main character Jason stops on his journey and is immediately taken by the tale being told of a legendary figure who went out with his friends and mentor to broker peace and conquer a great evil. You are so caught up in this story than the thought of this being a story within a story is faded in ...more
Troy Hooker
Tolkien fans, be advised. The Gathering Dark by Brett Armstrong is a worthy compliment to your collection. Not only does Brett have an incredible ability to weave a complex storyline into an easy read, but he is a brilliant writer as well.
From the beginning, the story of a boy destined to become a knight--but having to leave his newly confessed love behind somehow captures the heart. I must admit I almost cried as Anargen left on the King's journey.
Dwarves, Werewolves, and fierce battles all be
Chad Pettit
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book took me on a journey with all of the things that I love about high fantasy. From the refined and articulate language of the characters to the unique locations, tastefully written battle scenes, and endearing characters, this story was satisfying for all of the right reasons.

It's difficult not to root for the hero of the story, and I was so glad that the hero was not a perfect character but one trying to find his way both literally and spiritually. One of my favorite elements of fantasy
Nicole Douglas
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ohh my goodness, this was a good story! Wow, I loved every minute of it. I was super excited to get a review copy and I couldn’t wait to dive in. The description sounded so intriguing and the story was even more interesting than I anticipated! The action in this story is amazing. So much going on but not too much. It was perfect. I didn’t want to set this down! The author did a fantastic job with this book.
Amber B.
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ooh, what an exciting story this was! I just love a good book from this genre. I was really excited to get a copy of this story and it was just as good as I hoped it would be! So much action and suspense. I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen next. This author did an amazing job with this story! You will immediately be pulled in and taken on a wild ride!
Brandy Mulder
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is good, it just didn't have me gripping the edge of my seat. Anargen is a young man who has just become a knight with 3 of his friends when they are forced to leave suddenly for a quest that they know little about. The lack of details lead to a lack of trust. this lack of trust causes some very unfortunate events. The beginning of the book did not really hook me right away, but by the end I was interested in seeing what happens to Jason as he learns that some stories are built on tru ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I think it’s safe to say I’m obsessed with this genre. This book was so so good. I literally couldn’t put it down. I spent multiple nights staying up late on my kindle, haha!

All of the action in this story was amazing! I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. There was literally never a dry moment. Bravo to the author. He knows how to write a story! I loved his writing style, it worked perfectly with this book.

I loved every page in this book and I definitely recommend it!
Janna M
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know I'm not the only one who found their way into fantasy and science fiction by way of the Chronicles of Narnia. However, it seems like there is very little in the way of new books or series that link religion and fantasy/sci-fi in a positive manner.

I got caught up in the prose quickly, and was pulled deeply into the world that the author beautifully built. Faith, doubt, adventure, battles, werewolves, deception, and a loyal horse named Patch...plenty to get swept away in! I wish there was
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
I will be reading this book again later on. I want to blame the reading slump I've been in lately. But I didn't find myself invested in the story untill close to the end. A story that i think one must really pay attention to, to understand the characters and see where they come together. If you like fantasy stories about knights, battles and storytellers then this is a book for you.

Received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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