Sunday, March 13, 2016

A Gathering of Shadows

Title: A Gathering of Shadows

Author: V.E Schwab 

First Published: February 23rd 2016

Series: Shades of Magic #2

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Available As: Hardcover, paperback, ebook

Pages: 512

My Copy: eBook

My Rating: 9/10

Goodreads Summary
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.

This is an amazing sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic! I was sucked in from the very first sentence and I couldn't stop reading!

Also, before I begin, I'm sorry for the spoilers that keep popping up! But I've got to tell someone.

Kell and Rhy are both feeling the effects of the bond. Especially Kell. He's restless, always wanting to use his magic and fight something. So I guess it was a good idea for him to enter the Element Games. In this book, we really sympathise will Kell, since after the events of the first book, he is basically estranged from the royal family - except Rhy. He's blamed for all the things that happened and the king no longer trusts Kell. He even goes to arrest him at one point in the book. All these things just makes Kell lose faith in the Arnesian royal family, and he just wants out. But who can blame him?

Who would've thought it? *Spoiler alert* Rhy and Alucard! I thought it would be Lila and Alucard, but Lila still has feelings for Kell and vice versa ;) Anways, I would love to read more about Rhy and Alucard's past, and what exactly happened between them. I'm already beginning to ship them! *Spoiler over* Also, Kell and Lila! They're both so stubborn, refusing to make the first move. The tension is strong between them. It's also like a love-hate relationship, with Lila trying to infuriate Kell as much as she can, and Kell trying not to strangle her for doing so. But I think the two of them make a good team, even if there was no teamwork in this book. I'm sure there will be more of them in the next book though!

The plot thickens when we meet Osaron, the dark being that caused the downfall of Black London. He's leaching his way to White London, then Red London. There will be a war in the next book, I'm sure. It was smart of him to *Spoiler alert* possess Holland's body and lure Kell to White London. With the two Antari out of the way, he can do anything. *Spoiler over*

So many things can happen in the next book! What will become of Kell? *Spoiler alert* Especially with that collar of his. Will restricting his magic cause him to lose his connection with it? We already know that it causes him a lot of pain. *Spoiler over* Will Lila make it in time? What will happen to Rhy? And Red London? And White London?

I cannot wait for the next book! It'll be a long wait, but I'm sure it will be worth it!

My Chosen Quote
"Too little of something is just as dangerous as too much."


  1. THIS SOUNDS AMAZING OMG. I read the spoilers section because I do love spoilers, and it just makes me want to read this even more! You're so lucky Cloe, to be able to read it already!

    1. Haha! I hope I didn't completely spoil the whole book for you! Hope you get round to it soon and we can all drown in feels together! :)

  2. AHHH IJ UST FINISHED READING THIS AND AM STILL ABSOLUTELY NOT OKAY. *hyperventilates* That was the cruelest of CRUEL cliffhangers. EEEEEK. And I love Aulcurd and you-know-who. ;D That was absolutely wonderful and omg Kell's protectiveness over Rhy?!?! *flails* I love those brothers. THOSE BROTHERS ARE EVERYTHING. <33
    Least to say it's torture waiting for the next book. *cries piteously*

    1. YES I KNOW! The cliffhanger is one of the worst ones that I've ever come across! And yeah, protective Kell is soooo cute :) I'm scared of what will happen in the next book :( Imagine all the death scenes we're going to get!

  3. I'm so glad you liked it! I still haven't read A Darker Shade of Magic although it's been sitting on my TBR shelf for forever. It helps that the sequel is good though :) I'm always disappointed by series' that have a great opening and then can't sustain the momentum. Hopefully I'll get to this series soon! Great review!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

    1. I assure you - this series is definitely worth the read. The excitement is well sustained in the second book. Thanks for reading my review!

  4. NOOOOO, I still haven't read this book yet!!! I desperately need to know what happens. Oooh, there's going to be war in the next book? I'm definitely looking forward to it! I really appreciate you hiding the spoilers so that people like me who haven't read it yet can still read your fabulous review :)

    1. Thanks!! I really hope you get round to reading it in the near future! :)


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