Author: V. E. Schwab Publisher: Titan Books Release Date: February 23rd 2016 Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance Pages: 508 --- 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. --- After reading A Darker Shade of Magic, I was incredibly eager to read this one. Oh my god. I loved the first one so much and needed the next ASAP, so I don’t know why it took me so long to read it.
Alas, it is the second book in a trilogy so it was bound to lack plot a little. It’s setting the scene for what I hope is going to be an epic conclusion. It still definitely deserves 5 stars however, because the writing style is gorgeous and the characters are breathtakingly fantastic. Kell, Lila, Rhy … oh what a wonderful set of characters.
I think, though, what I loved most about A Gathering of Shadows was the fabulous world-building of this universe. The Element Games… each individual London being explored with so much more depth. It was such an engaging read and Schwab’s world is a beautiful one to be engrossed in.
“Oh yes, your relationship with Miss Bard is positively ordinary." "Be quiet." "Crossing worlds, killing royals, saving cities. The marks of every good courtship.”
This is definitely getting 5 stars and cannot wait to read the last one… although it won’t be for a long time as I’m doing the #RamadanReadathon for June. Also, I just found out today that V. E. Schwab is coming to Dublin in Ireland!! I’m so excited!!