Book Review

Review — A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

I recently finished and reviewed A Darker Shade of Magic, and luckily the wait for the second installment, A Gathering of Shadows, wasn’t long! This time I read the ebook version instead of listening to the audiobook, borrowed from my library’s Overdrive.

20764879It 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 give A Gathering of Shadows 5 stars!

That’s right, I enjoyed this one even more than the first!

Having spent more time with the characters and some time thinking about them, I really love the way Schwab has crafted them. None of them are all good or bad, and at times I found myself rooting for all (or most) of them in some form or another. They all have their own, selfish motives that are often pitted against their morals, loyalties, and positions. I love that the lines are blurred.

A Gathering of Shadows was as full of twists and action as one could hope, and I found myself thoroughly enjoying most of it in one day (I think I read maybe a couple of chapters the night before).

I really enjoy how Schwab has all these seemingly separate stories going, but you can see the collision of characters coming from a mile away, even if you’re not certain the form the wreckage is going to come in.

Now, I just have to wait my turn for A Conjuring of Light, which, based on my wait list position, could take up to ten weeks! (But let’s hope it’s sooner than that 😉 )


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