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Gathering of the Four: Book One of the Serrulata Saga Kindle Edition
"In the Realm, every citizen knows their place."
Leora of Mae is a young woman orphaned at birth and raised on a remote farm. As a wielder of Xanthcraft, her abilities set her apart from her adoptive family and the other villagers.
Shortly before her twentieth birthday, she learns of her family’s plot to sell her into servitude. Fearing for her life, she flees from the only home she’s ever known—defying societal conventions and breaking the edicts of the Realm.
As she runs, Leora meets Roland Shallowbrook, a traveler on the Thieves’ Road; Lady Aurora Verte, daughter of a powerful member of the gentry; and the White Rider Leopold, a soldier with a secret.
Together, this found family will have to band together to survive.
Set in the distant future during the return of the Hale-Bopp comet, Gathering of the Four is the first book in The Serrulata Saga.
- ASIN : B08ZJRXBGV
- Publication date : April 2, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1421 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 510 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #392,081 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2022
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With the conversational ease of Austen or Wilde, Bennett molds an immersive world full of political intrigue, complex social standing, and a fascinating magic system. I love how the excerpts and quotes at the beginning of chapters add another layer to the lore and world-building. Bennett takes us to a fully-realized Realm with the breadth of an RPG like Elder Scrolls, setting up opportunities for endless stories and countless characters.
There’s a nicely paced mix of dialogue and action, plus there are lots of naughty, spicy moments. I’m excited to read more in this series and to further explore the reaches of the Realm!
This is a futuristic look of our world and I loved the flashbacks and excerpts from the Narrator of sorts Dr. Julius Qin.
The world building around the characters Leora, Roland, Aurora and Leopold is so inclusive as to be all encompassing and deeply, movingly enthralling. The societal castes, the ruling bodies governing all and the behind the scenes machinations will have you catching your breath, growling in frustration and tensing in trepidation. There is plenty of action for everyone, intrigue and drama abounds and something I wouldn't have expected to be a front runner in a foundation book of a series, Enlightenment and atonement. Leora is a presumed orphaned, Xanthos that has been raised by a foster family of humans, which other than her eyes they are the same in appearance, but that didn't stop prejudice from rearing its ugly head and causing her strife before she ran for her life. This story is about how her life intersects with Roland a thief, Aurora a young lady of genteel to noble birth and Leopold with secrets of his own and how each find personal growth as a reward for their meeting.
I heartily recommend this book and look forward to the next book in this saga!
It is the first part of a trilogy.
I enjoyed the book thoroughly. It is science-fiction fantasy, a buddy tale, a journey tale. It is L Frank Baum meeting Robert Heinlein at Mark Twain’s house, for dinner with Jacqueline Susan and Mary McCarthy. It is feminist, swashbuckling, sexy, “renaissance-punk”-retro-futuristic. It is dystopian, yet hopeful. The resulting paradoxes and tensions are interwoven with clearly drawn, strong personalities. The characters all have deep past histories and secrets. The dialogue and narrative are well written and very witty at times. There is a strong irony of a world long past and a world evolving. The first book leaves you asking many questions beyond the usual, “What happens next?” One quickly comes to believe in the characters and the writing makes you visualize their journey, their world. READ THIS BOOK
I am eagerly awaiting Volume 2!
This is a must read!
Top reviews from other countries
Interesting journey on all accounts and I love the interactions between the characters. It's just getting even juicier.. I now need to know what's behind the wall.