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Publisher's Summary

Born of darkness, the ultimate army has been unleashed. The only hope lies in destroying the source - before all life is extinguished. Fate has chosen Elseerian for the impossible feat, but as he embarks on the harrowing journey the invasion must be delayed. With time as their only weapon against extinction, the elves issue a desperate call...for every race to ally. Facing annihilation, many will realize that survival lies in unity, courage sleeps in ordinary citizens, and average people can turn the tide of war. The Gathering has begun.
©2012 Ben Hale (P)2013 Podium Publishing
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Critic Reviews

"Well written...highly detailed." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Ingenious and immersive." ( Best in Fantasy)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kim on 02-09-14

2nd better than 1st and now downloading 3rd!!!

Elseerian's develops even more in this 2nd book of the series. He is a very unlikely hero of this series, never wants to draw attention to himself and is now beginning to acknowledge he may have feelings for a fellow fighter. Ben Hale takes this story in a direction that gets the entire World ready for battle against a Very Evil Army threatening the extinction of all races. I personally LOVE the character Jack (a thief, but VERY needed in this fight) I love how Ben developed the "General" of the Army and how he comes to earn all of the races respect despite his age...and OH my, the Phoenix, is AMAZING=I am in love with this series-next to Kendall Grey's "Just Breathe" UF series and Kevin Hearne's "Iron Druid" UF series - I have my top 3 UF series NOW!!!
Warning though: I never like it when a main character is loss in any book and one of Fav's does loose his life - and I did cry....
Listening to this book was like sitting down and watching a really good movie, thank you, Ben!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rachel Hammond on 07-25-15

Cliffhanger but excellent

Normally I don't like cliffhangers, however I realized that Hale literally told the story of the Gathering. And it is an excellent story. Keep in mind that this is a middle novel of a trilogy. Overall I love this book and can't wait to read the conclusion to this phenomenal trilogy.

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