A Gathering of Shadows

Collector's Edition

hardcover, 528 pages

Published March 12, 2019 by Titan Books (UK).

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4 stars (17 reviews)

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 …

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5 stars

An absolute page turner if I've ever read one (I couldn't put this book down). Each time I sat down to read, it only took a few sentences to transport me completely into this world that V.E. Schwab has so carefully built.

A Gathering of Shadows develops the characters introduced in the previous book (along with some fresh faces), portrays the evolution of their relationships with one another and sets everything up for what I'm confident is going to be a riveting conclusion to the trilogy.

Reading through A Darker Shade of Magic, I became a fan of V.E. Schwab's work. Reading through the sequel I've been left slack jawed in awe.

I've read a lot of books in my life and I can count on one hand the number of times I've felt this blown away by words on a page.

Just stop whatever you're doing and read these …

reviewed A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab (Shades of Magic, #2)

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2 stars

I didn't care for this at all. It's as if this book took the great premise of the first book and kinda ignored it. Instead we get lots of angsty Kell, and Lila, a magic contest that wasn't exciting with just the occasional hint of the overlying plot. My biggest problem is that I learned I don't give a shit about these characters. It read like YA and I don't like most modern YA. Probably not going to finish the series.

Review of 'A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic)' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I mostly enjoyed the concept of this world, not necessarily its storytelling. Here we find parallel worlds, with a different amount of magic in it, and all they have in common is London and its river. We have Grey London, which is ours, but felt a bit Dickensian, with almost no magic left. We have Red London, with an abundance of it, White London where cruelty and magic as absolute power reign, and finally there used to be Black London, destroyed by magic.

A race called Antari can move between worlds with blood magic, and our protagonist Kell is one of two known Antari. He is from Red London and works for the royals, delivering messages between the rulers of each London. But on a trip to White London he receives an artifact from fallen Black London that changes everything. He finds that he needs help from a young woman …

reviewed A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab (Shades of Magic, #2)

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2 stars

I'm giving this one a 2.5...unfortunately Schwab fell into all the traps for a second book that make them nauseatingly painful to read. Not only were the rules established in the original book for the magic ignored, but this is also a transitional book. The first one had a full story arc, all the while leaving the door open for follow on books...this is not that. It is hardly a book, it is the long setup for the next book. Multiple story lines, multiple people, multiple scenes could have been deleted and we still would have had this intro to the next book. If it wasn't for how well the prose is written, not sure if I would have stuck with it....but then now I have to read the next book to get any closure...so...success????

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