REVIEW – ASHES OF THE SUN (The Gathering of The Sun #1) by A. Meredith Walters


I was raised to believe in things you can’t see.

It is the foundation of everything. I am taught to accept the unacceptable. To embrace the terrifying.

To give everything to my family.
To my church.
To my god.

Because I have a purpose. I have been trained for my calling for as long as I can remember. As an acolyte for the Gathering of the Sun, I am taught that my life isn’t my own. I worship. I serve. And when the time comes, I will greet my fate with open arms and a sin free heart.

People call us a cult.

We are judged. We are ridiculed and reviled. Pastor Carter tells me they will be lost when the end comes. So we hide ourselves away from their sick and dangerous world. And my soul is safe because I follow the path.

I am the perfect disciple. I am confident in my devotion.

Until doubt arrives wearing the face of a boy I never expected to love.

Bastian doesn’t follow the path. His destiny is his own. He paints me a picture of a beautiful world. His words contradict everything I have been told.

He invites me to live when I have been prepared to die.
He gives me something new to believe in.

Love becomes the ultimate crisis of faith and now I am torn between two futures.
One that saves my soul.
And one that saves my heart.

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

My eyes fluttered closed. I tilted my head up. And when he kissed me it was everything all at once. It was joy and passion. It was fear and devastation. It was the pulling apart of my entire existence. It ended parts of me I hadn’t realized were broken.





I’m not really a huge fan of books about cults. It’s hard to believe that there are people who would give up everything they own and blindly follow someone who is clearly taking advantage of people when they are at their weakest. But I know this author is pretty amazing and she was able to hold me captive for just a few hours with her latest story.


Sara is one of the devoted members of the Gathering of the Sun. She wasn’t always the perfect follower. Dragged into this life by her mother when she was only nine, she couldn’t understand the weird customs of Pastor Carter and his flock. Sara was punished and basically brainwashed at a very young age after many acts of defiance on her part. Now at nearly seventeen years of age, she has become one of Pastor Carter’s chosen ones. But when two brothers show up one night to join the Gathering, Sara starts to question her blind faith.


Bastian’s older brother David was an Army Ranger and was stationed in Afghanistan. He witnessed the deaths of nearly all of his friends who he was out on a mission with. He gets sent home a different man. Plagued by depression and PTSD, his family is struggling to find a way to help him. David ends up seeing some of Pastor Carter’s sermons online and decides he wants to join the Gathering. Bastian goes with his brother in hopes of being able to talk him out of it but once they get to the compound, he is left with no choice but to join with his brother.



Sara is intrigued by Bastian. She knows that he is only there to watch over his brother and any claim to wanting to join the Gathering is a bunch of bull on his part but she convinces the Pastor to let Bastian join. At first, all these two do is bicker. Bastian is really good at pushing all of Sara’s buttons but then things start to take a different turn between them and she begins to question her life at the compound.



The two end up falling for each other and they’re playing a very dangerous game with some pretty psychotic people. Things take a heartbreaking turn and all I can say is that I’m curious to see what’s in store for this couple in the conclusion to this gripping story.

Here are my overall ratings

Hero: 4
Heroine: 4
Plot: 4
Angst: 4
Steam: 3
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 4

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