A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic #2)


Original Title: A Gathering of Shadows

Year Published: 2016

Published by:  Titan Books

Number of Pages: 508

First Sentence: Delilah Bard had a way of finding trouble.

Goodreads Rating: 5/5


Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like 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.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.

My thoughts:

It felt like I had to wait 10 years for this book to be released. In reality, it was less than a year. I loved A Darker Shade of Magic and had high hopes for this one. When reading the excerpt from NetGalley I was a little apprehensive and thought that I wouldn’t like this as much. But holy crap, I was wrong. It starts a little slowly though, as we learn what our heroes have been up to since the conclusion of ADSOM. But it picks up and when it does it’s glorious. Absolutely lovely. And hey, the slow first part turns out the be very important as well, as it lays down some more foundation for all the characters.

Kell, my troubled little child. He is struggling with his new indestructible bond to Rhys and also the fact that Lila left him. He is just so confused and instead of being allowed to mope and wallow, he has to deal with the consequences of the events that took place in the first book. He is struggling so hard with

Rhys is also dealing with the events that happened during the first book. He feels guilty over what happened and struggles with that and the darkness that has entered his brother. In between all that he has to prepare the Element Games and keep other secrets. I love Rhys, he is sarcastic and on the surface very superficial and even spoilt, but underneath that we find a very good man. I loved him so much in book one, and this just cemented my feelings towards him. My precious little prince. (oh, and he has a very steamy little intimate scene during this book. Go Rhys!).

I have to admit that I was a little anti-Lila during the first book, but that has officially been rectified. I fell heels over head in love with her during this book. She is sassy, badass and developing so much as a person. Loved reading that. I also loved the fact that Schwab didn’t make Lila super good at magic. Instead we see her struggle with it, having both good and bad days, but in the end being able to wield it very well. It felt like a realistic progress for someone who had never even seen magic being performed before.

Alucard, our pirate lord, and Lila’s captain is officially my new favourite. Absolutely adored him. I will say no more, but read it and you will understand.

There were several different subplots that made up this book. An old friend shows up to wreak some havoc (but I will say no more, because spoilers). Alucard and Lila and their pirating play important parts. The Element Games were so clever and really interesting to read about. All the events surrounding it were also spectacular. The whole book was fun, interesting and overall entertaining. I absolutely loved it.

Do I recommend it? 



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