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Follow the changes that have transpired in Alia Stark, as well as her family and friends, in this omnibus of tales. From The Gathering to The Bridging is a collection of short stories from the Lia Fail Chronicles covering the gap of alm After the battle at the Black Castle, the survivors have returned and peace has once again settled on the village of Lia Fail.

From The Gathering to The Bridging is a collection of short stories from the Lia Fail Chronicles covering the gap of almost two years from the end of The Gathering and taking the reader into the next novel, The Bridging. Meet the newest members of the Fail, explore new love, adventures and magic, as we begin The Journey: From The Gathering to The Bridging. The chilly winter air is making ready for spring, and more changes are in store for the Stark family, when a wagon train from Old Idaho arrives.

As a relationship dissolves, one is born, and another is rediscovered. The magic of the new world is making itself more prevalent in the form of the tiny pixies, while the untapped powers of those who have invoked the goddess are beginning to surface. Darkness once again walks the edge of the tiny village and it all begins with… A Touch. We continue to learn more about the Fahey and Mercer families as well as how the magic of the New World is growing.

In addition, Molly Creegan has always been a dedicated soldier, but now new feelings are awakening inside her. Her courage on the field of battle has never been in question, but is she brave enough to offer up her heart with… A Kiss. The joyous occasion brings hope and closure for many members of the family in… The Birthday.

When the grey clouds of a typical June gloom day grow darker and darker and the winds pick up speed, Alia and her people must figure out where the tempest is coming from and what it means. With the help of the unicorns, as well as the people of Lia Fail, will their strength and love be enough to protect them all from the power of… The Storm. Second Edition , pages. Published July 15th first published June 26th Lia Fail Chronicles 1. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Journey , please sign up. Lists with This Book.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Dearing put these novellas into a set, I missed a few as they were released and this caught me right up. Her writing consistently blows me away. With The Gathering we were introduced to a mass amount of characters in a short amount of time. It was slightly overwhelming, but very realistic. You don't meet people little by little when you live like they do in this novel. It was a wonderful adventure and these shorts hooked me all over again.

We get little glimpses into all those characters we were only but introduced to. Our first story is A Wish. In this one we were hot onto the holidays. This takes place a year after The Gathering was held. This was a story of wishes and beauty. We get to see those character we love so much find a little bit of happy and magic. A story to warm your hearts during the holidays.

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This is a story of love and the fact that sometimes, all we need is a touch. I really enjoyed him. This novella is full of revelations, both personal and as a family. You aren't disappointed with the twists and certainly not the ending. Then we have A Kiss. These titles killed me. Okay, back to the novella. This novella gives us a lot more Natalie. This made my VERY happy. I love getting drawn back in with the magic and fantasy in this story. This novel also gives us a lot form a bunch of other characters we have been learning about. A little more Molly, More Tanner, more everyone.

We have the special novella only included in this set, A Birthday! It is Magen's Birthday! This was a heart warming short full of love and celebration. Sometimes we just need a little happy. Lastly we have A Storm. See, this title did not fill me with warm fuzzies. It was however, an epic novella. Shannon has a talent in her writing that you are always left gripping the last page of the read.

This omnibus does exactly that. It starts by warming your heart and leaves you grasping at the words waiting for The Bridging. Things are about to get crazy. Meet the newest members of the Fail, explore new love, adventures and magic, as we travel From The Gathering to The Bridging. What a great series. The descriptions were fantastic and the characters were down to earth and loveable. Dearing lifts our spirits with just the right amount of love and some mending of broken hearts.

Back at Lia Fail Christmas has come. The castle is decorated with the mixture of Christmas and Yule. The beauty of it all is felt all around.

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I was left with a longing wish to teleport into this magical place. With a year gone since Lia Fail hosted the gathering, there are many family members still devastated at the loss of loved ones. Alia Stark wishes upon a falling star. She wishes for great comfort and happiness for her family that has suffered so much.

Alia hopes for their empty hearts to be filled with joy I absolutely loved this short! It filled my own heart with so much happiness and I felt the love.

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Dearing brings the beauty of this story to life and gives us our fill of what we have missed so much. I am thrilled beyond belief to have my fix of Lia Fail again. I am anticipating what will come next. After all, there is something so En-Dearing about each time we are graced with the presence of these characters and their continued story. As the loyal book lover that I am, I shall await the next treasure that S. Dearing will dream up. Dearing gives us the love, the need and fulfills our deepest longing desires for our favorite family.

The handsome Tanner Stark is in relationship with Chelsea Hearst. The love just isn't there as much as it should be. That deep, lose your breath kind of love. Until he meets Magen Fahey In this short story we will watch these two fall in to the deepest love possible. It is beautiful, sensual and leaves you longing for more of these two. Natalie Mercer is introduced in this short story. Alia and Janeen thought Natalie to have been dead. To their surprise she is alive and well. She is married to Nicholas and so happy to be reunited with Alia and Janeen.

Many more revelations and changes are in store for us. This mystical world that we are thrown into gives us unicorns, pixies and the beautiful queen herself Alia Stark. You will NOT be disappointed!! I am a huge fan girl of S. Dearing and all I can say at the moment is Dearing the way I do? There is so much more to come and it is just getting GOOD!

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Please try again later. Book 1 of Lia Fail Chronicles. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. One of the first things I can say about the Gathering is that as far as genre, it's a little hard to pin down, but I will state that I liked it over all. It's set in California, with elements of post-apocalyptic, science fiction, fantasy, and mythology.

It's an interesting blend, and as I read further in the book, I came to the conclusion that it definitely works, and I'm interested in reading book two. Also, something else I need to mention is there are a lot of characters. Thankfully there is a glossary or directory in the back which lists them and the colony they live in.

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This in itself was different, because they mainly grouped themselves according to their spiritual outlook and faith. With this many characters, the book does start off slowly as they are introduced over several chapters, giving a reader a chance to get to know them and their personalities, but it soon becomes apparent from the strange events that start to occur that something about this gathering is not like the ones before.

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Even though there are so many characters, there were several which caught my attention immediately. The first one is Queen Alia of Lia Fail. She became one of my favorite characters, and it was interesting to watch her character progression from the beginning of the book to the end. I also liked Tanner, one of her teen-aged sons. I also liked Beverly, one of the healers within the colony as well. Overall, this was a book that took me a little while to get to the flow of the story, but once I was there, I just sat back and enjoyed the rest of the book, cheering on the heroes.

I'll recommend this book to readers who like adventure and elements of any of the different genres mentioned before. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. I absolutey adored this book.

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It was a longer book but it needed to be. I applaud an author who takes the needed amount of time to explain the various aspects and characters of a story. The Gathering happens every 6 months and it is a time for remembrance of loved ones lost, and meeting new loved ones, and seeing old friends. All the villages, with all their multi belief systems which I was extremely impressed by gather and come together as one at Lia Fail. When evil enters the Fail, it is up to Alia and the others to battle it. They encounter a beautiful new kind of magic well actually old but new to them that aids them and also a fierce dark enemy.

Will good or evil prevail? I truly enjoyed this book. There are so many amazing characters and such great descriptions, I would at times close my eyes and visualize where they were. Dearing has a true gift. We are very blessed she is sharing it with us. Lia Fail means the great stone of destiny. Just a tad bit of history for you before I give you my review. To me this was an important thing to know.

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Dearing has brought so many elements to this story line. It is everything I love rolled into one. In a post apocalyptic world this medieval fantasy brings other families together from different villages. This is known as "The Gathering. She has 11 kids. In this book you get to know them one by one.

They will captivate your heart. You will take the journey along with them and their mother. Love will be found among many and villains are exposed. Little do they know there is an evil force that desperately wants something from Alia. A gift that Alia doesn't even know she has hidden within her. Alia will discover the goddess that is waiting to be unleashed. This book is a definite must read! I can't say that enough. I was on my toes until the very end. Turning page after page with the anticipation of what would happen next.

I was rooting for the characters in this book and for their fight and will to survive. The last few chapters literally gave me chills. I was beyond saddened that it came to and end. Then I brought myself back to reality and realized that S. Dearing is working on book 2. I cannot wait for it and you will feel the same way. I received this book for an honest review This story was an amazing roller coaster. I laughed, cried, cringed everything. Another thing is at the beginning you get introduced to a lot of people dont worry if you can not keep up with everyone all at once it will all come together the further you get in.

This story is about a huge war that hit and everyone has basically had to go back in time and live in groups in castles. All these groups all faiths meet up every 6 months for the annual gathering. All the kids are friends and have grown up together since they were babies.

They go through so many emotions trying to find who they like and who likes them. Lia Fail is where the gathering is held this time. Your queen Alia has many children and her husband was murdered. If it was not for her good friend Sean her castle would have fell apart. Everyone knows that Sean has been in love with Alia for years but are just waiting for both of them to come clean with there feelings.

All the other children have all partnered up.

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The gathering last 10 days were everyone celebrate life, death and happiness. The castle comes under attack and people are turning on one another and it comes down to another war. First time reader of this author and now i am hooked.