Monday, May 14, 2018

My Thoughts: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

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A Gathering of Shadows
(Shades of Magic #2)
by V.E. Schwab
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Publication Date: February 23rd 2016
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9780765376473
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Own

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It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell's possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland's dying body through the rift--back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games--an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries--a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall. (Goodreads)


I started the A Darker Shade of Magic series last year, and really enjoyed the story, and I was super excited to get started on the rest of the series. Unfortunately I couldn’t start A Gathering of Shadows right away, thanks to my ever-growing TBR, but I was determined to read it this month, and I’m thrilled to have finally done so!

It has been a few months since I read the first book, and I didn’t have time to re-read it before starting this sequel, and I was a little worried about all the things I had forgotten. I shouldn’t have worried at all, because once I started reading this book, everything from the first book came rushing back in my mind, which was awesome. The storyline for this book picks up not long after where the first book ends, and it was really nice to get right back to the story. This sequel starts off with a bang, and keeps going throughout, which kept me completely hooked, and I devoured this book in no time at all.

There are SOOO many great characters in this series to love, and two of my favorites are, of course, Lila and Kell. We don’t see them together for most of the first half of the book, but once they finally get together, there are fireworks! I love these two, and their chemistry is kind of insane. I hope that we see more of them together in the next book. There are also a lot of characters in the book that we get to see once again, including Kell’s brother, Rhys, who I am so curious about, as well as a slew of interesting new characters, including Alucard Emery, who I definitely want to know more about. I am curious to see what’s next for all of these characters in the third book.

Overall; I really enjoyed A Gathering of Shadows, and I thought it was an excellent sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic!  This series is definitely unique, and I’m really excited to get started on A Conjuring of Light, to see what’s going to happen next for Lila, Kell, and the rest of the characters in this book. If you’ve not yet checked out this series, you should totally do so!
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