I picked up this book because the second book in this latest trilogy from famous Urban Fantasy author, Kelley Armstrong will be released this month and I heard a lot of good things about her and wanted to read the series.
Maya hasn't been the same ever since Serena, drowned in the lake before her eyes, blaming herself for not being able to save her best friend. It's a mystery how a swim team captain could drown in a lake she knows so well. But that isn't the only mystery in Salmon Creek, a medical research town owned by the St. Cloud pharmaceutical company in Vancouver. After Maya found a snooping reporter dead in the forest, failed experiments to awaken supernatural powers of natives come to light.
I like the setting of the book - the lush forest Maya loves to escape to, I also wanted to know if Daniel has feelings for Maya, I laugh at the funny dialogues between Maya and her family, and the Native American mythology in the story is fresh and intriguing. What I didn't like is the Benandanti mythology which is Italian in origin thrown in in the story. Benandanti's or "good walkers" souls separate from their bodies as they sleep to fight off evil witches for good harvest, doesn't mix well with the Native American Skinwalkers mythology. THE GATHERING is an okay book, and I guess it didn't win me over because it has an overall feel that it's the first few chapters of a book, not a whole book in itself, although the cliffhanger in the end made me want to read THE CALLING, I wanted more from The Gathering!