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A Gathering of Shadows: Book Review

A Gathering of Shadows: Book Review

TITLE: A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic Series #2) (Shades of Magic #2)

Published February 23rd 2016

RATING: ★★★★

4.7 out of 5 stars


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.


Pages: 512

Publisher: Tor Books

Series? Yes it is a series! This is the second book in the series (Shades of Magic #2)

MY REVIEW OF A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic Series #2):

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic Series #2)
Holy clif-hanger. This is the second book in the Shades of Magic series by Victoria Schwab. It is full of magic and adventure. But be warned, there is a major clif-hanger at the end of this book!!

I have a few guesses as to what will happen in the third book and I can’t wait to read it! I am so glad that I have the third book on hand and ready to read. I am currently forcing myself to write this book reviews before starting the third book because I don’t want it to change my opinion of the second book in any way.

Lila as a character, just gets better and better in my opinion. In the beginning of this book I was totally shipping Lila and Alucard.

For those of you who don’t know what shipping is, here is the definition from Wikipedia: “Shipping or Shippers initially derived from the word relationship, is the desire by fans for two or more people, either real-life people or fictional characters (in film, literature, television etc.) to be in a romantic relationship. It is considered a general term for fans’ emotional involvement with the ongoing development of a relationship in a work of fiction.”

But after awhile, I totally went back to Lila and Kell and wondered why I ever strayed from the original two in the first place.

I love the events of this book and the darkness that is slowly but surely coming. I really enjoyed Lila’s time aboard the Spire and learning about Alucard.

The tournament/games (The Essen Tasch) are slightly reminiscent of the Hunger Games in a way, but in a more natural and less aggressive way (less people die), plus there is magic!

I love the writing style.

Warning: There were some unnecessary curse words and a male-to-male relationship that I was uncomfortable with.

Young adult fantasy – with lots of magic.

All in all it was a stellar book. Now, please excuse me, because this clif-hanger is killing me and I need to start the third book right now!

Thanks for stopping by and reading this book review!


Sarah June


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