The Gathering by Isobelle Carmody

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When fifteen-year-old Nathanial moves to a sinister town that has been bruised by an ancient evil, he finds himself one of those Chosen to fight the cycle of darkness.
 

About Isobelle Carmody

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Isobelle Carmody is among the biggest names in Australian fantasy writing. She lives in Apollo Bay, Australia, and Prague, Czech Republic. "From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published June 1, 1993 by Puffin. 288 pages
Genres: Horror, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Though presaged by an act of startling brutality (Karle's heavies torch a beloved pet) and set in the town slaughterhouse (a nice touch) during a hurricane, the final confrontation is as confused as it is dramatic: Karle takes a time-out from a psychological assault on the Chain to explain his pl...

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But Carmody transcends the genre by relating the story through an unusually lifelike narrator, and she gives it urgency by suggesting that its supernatural elements can be interpreted as symbols for the tensions and painful mysteries of ordinary life, the dark causalities between the sins of the ...

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This ""superbly crafted"" supernatural thriller features a teenage boy who moves to a strange, Stepford-like village and becomes embroiled in a cosmic battle against a mysterious evil force.

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