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One part ghost story, one part redemptive tale of love and loss, A Gathering of Shades follows teenage Aidan as he mourns his father's death and adapts to a new life with his mother and grandmother in Vermont. He soon discovers that his grandmother is far more interesting than she first appeared, and in fact conducts strange, secret rituals in the woods every night. Aidan's eventual participation in these rituals will change everything he knows about the world of the living and the dead, and help him grow in ways he never thought possible. A well-constructed story crafted in vivid prose and eerily evoked by Mark Weatherup Jr.'s performance.

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Sixteen-year-old Aidan's grandmother has a secret recipe. She feeds ghosts. Her nightly ritual keeps the local lost souls lingering, caught between life and death. When Aidan stumbles upon this knowledge in the wake of his own father's death, the revelation shakes him to the core. Grief-stricken, he is dangerously drawn into the strange and wondrous world of the dead - and away from the living people who love him.

This beautifully crafted tale of love and loss is told in shades of otherworldly mystery. David Stahler, Jr. spins a chilling story that delves into the depths of grief and emerges as a shimmering celebration of life.

©2013 David Stahler Jr. (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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A nice slow pace - great character development

Where does A Gathering of Shades rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best.

What did you like best about this story?

The mood. The story.

Which scene was your favorite?

Aden's attempt to attract his "dad" by mixing his blood with the brook water.

Who was the most memorable character of A Gathering of Shades and why?

Donnie