Reviewed by Gillian Polack
The Gathering Dark is the tale of two orphaned friends, Alina and Mal, who try to stay together despite the strangeness the universe throws at them. They live in a world that’s not ours, but that world has a region that has something in common with our Eastern Europe. In that region, there is a band of darkness, the Shadow Fold. It’s dangerous to cross and it both protects and restricts the country of Ravka. It is in their first crossing of it that Alina and Mal’s lives change forever.