A Gathering of Shadows

A Gathering of Shadows

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"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 extravagent 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-and so to keep magic's balance, another London must fall"--
Publisher: New York :, Tom Doherty Associates, LLC,, 2016
ISBN: 9780765376497
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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faithmurri99
Apr 22, 2018

While I found many a typo (at least in my copy, idk about all of them), I was still very pulled in by Schwab's writing style, and she has definitely solidified a permanent place in my favorite authors list.

The plot was slower, a lot slower than A Darker Shade of Magic was, and that was kind of disappointing and annoying at times, because the scenes I wanted weren't always the scenes I got, and the scenes I got likewise weren't always the scenes I wanted. However, the last part—and that cliffhanger!!!!!!!!!—really saved this book, as it brought together all the plot threads and reinvigorated me, definitely ensuring I will be continuing this series.

Kell: As usual, he was my favorite character. His alterego as Kamerov was exciting and explored a whole new side of his character. The injustices against him by the king and queen, as well as Arnesian society as a whole, were very upsetting and I really empathized with him. It gave me some serious Jace in City of Ashes vibes.

Lila: I actually liked her in the first book, but she was just so dang annoying in this one. She was constantly doing things only for herself, without any regard for others (specifically Kell), and her recklessness and narcissism really got on my bad side. She did, however, get more interesting abilities and a more important role in the plot.

Alucard: Basically everything that was wrong with Lila was partially learned from him, and in case it isn't clear, I really don't like this guy. He's a douchebag.

Rhy: I loved getting to learn more about Rhy, with him finally playing an important role in the story. His struggle with the effects of the soul-seal was very well-executed and effective.

Holland: I had a dream while reading this book that I fell in love with him and he brought me to White London, so I think that explains how much I love this character. Everything that was effective in the last book was ten-times as effective in this one, and I lived for his perspective/the White London scenes!!! They kept me reading, honestly, when so much of the book was just Lila being a brat.

Osaron: Heck yeah, big bad's back and he's better than ever, this time with the name Osaron and even more magical schemes, as well as an entire burnt-out parallel universe he calls home sweet home, but he wants more! And he's gonna do whatever it takes to get it!

Ojka: She was so interesting to read. From the moment she appeared, I was totally invested in her. I'm so very excited to see what she does/becomes of her in the next book!

Hastra: My baby Hastra was so sweet and I just loved him so much. Kell needed him. Everyone needs a Hastra (an Hastra? idk English is weird).

It was a somewhat stormy ride, but I'm very glad I read it, because that last chapter was fantastic! This book really felt more like the first book in a series, with ADSoM its prequel, because of the pacing, the characters, and the conflicts. While I didn't like it nearly as much as I loved A Darker Shade of Magic, I still really enjoyed it and highly recommend it!

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dnk
Feb 02, 2018

I finished this book in two days because I was so excited to read more of Kell and Lila's story. They've been apart for four months when this installment opens, and the trouble that's found Lila is Captain Alucard Emery, a dashing privateer who takes her on as his ship's thief. He's teacher, ally and possibly crush, but throughout she can't stop thinking about Kell, who can't stop thinking about her. As for the other Antari, Holland did not die in Black London as Kell had thought, but revived to find the source of the black magic that plagued Kell's Red London. Holland makes a terrible choice, but does so in order to revive his nearly dead White London.

Prince Rhy, meanwhile, can't stand to see his foster brother Kell punished by their parents for what happened with the black magic (and his near death) because he knows that he's just as much to blame. To make it up to him, he secretly enrolls him in the magic tournament between their empire Arnes and their neighbors, Vesk and Arnes. It's unfair for an Antari to compete against ordinary magicians, but Rhy knows that Kell needs to step out of the royal shadow, if only for a few hours. And Kell isn't the only one who's bending the rules: Lila decides that she'll be in the contest too, even if that means that she has to assume an identity (how hard can that be for a thief?). And while Alucard qualified fair and square, his return to London is a violation of a royal order--Kell's--and his family isn't happy to see him back either. But why is Rhy keen to see him back?

While Kell and Lila keep missing each other in Red London, Holland and his new knight Ojka are trying to find a way to free him from the black magic entity he took on while in Black London. Too bad the only bodies strong enough to hold it are Antari, but how convenient that Holland knows just where to find one...

It's hard to introduce a major character mid-series, but Alucard becomes a favorite almost immediately. And while we've met Holland in the last book, his motivations become clearer and more sympathetic. I enjoyed the magical duels, but admittedly some of the setup around the tournament felt like an extended device to keep Lila and Kell apart until their dramatic reunion. The ending was breath taking, and I couldn't wait to begin reading the final installment right after.

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capnmustard
Jul 19, 2017

I loved this book and it is now one of my all time favorites! Kell and Lila are such great characters. But with the and holland. The book is just so much better😀

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morganameridius
May 08, 2017

WELL THAT HAPPENED. I have to admit, the games made me think of Goblet of Fire and basically every fantasy book ever but they were still exciting and I love seeing other lands and people and magic. Otherwise, this was a stressful DELIGHT and TORMENT all at once and naturally Alucard Emery is my favorite. Because obviously. I super love his friendship with Lila and all the pirateyness and I loved all the Kell and Rhys time together and I loved all the ACTUAL SHIPPY SHIPPINESS (mix those pairs lol) and every time someone's path would cross. Yep. Also the mystery of Lila and I want to know more about Kell's childhood.

AL_KAYLA Mar 28, 2017

An excellent continuation of the Shades of Magic series. Kept it's fast adventurous pace as much as the first book with more character details and development. And reminiscent of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire I couldn't help but love the inclusion of the magic tournament that was at the heart of this book's plot.

MissMellissa Feb 03, 2017

This book was fantastic! It's like the tri-wizard tournament in Harry Potter mixed with the action of the Pro Bending Arena scenes in the Legend of Korra.
The only part I had trouble with was the ending. I felt it was a little abrupt, but that just could be because she's gearing up to really finish the series off with the third installment.

VaughanPLRachelP Feb 01, 2017

Book 3 is out end of February!

The sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic. There are real consequences to decisions made in the first book. There's also a magic tournament! In some ways, this book seemed more grown up than the first one. Non-stop action, but also takes the time for character development and ensuring that everything that happens, happens for reasons that make sense.

KateHillier Jan 04, 2017

I love it when a second book is just as good as the first book. This is quite different from the prior book - not super different but it's a different sort of story. It's been four months since the events of the first book and everyone is still dealing with the very real consequences of those events. Rhy and Kell both feel trapped and Kell is being heavily watched and punished for his role. Lila, on the other hand, is flourishing in a world where she should perish. In an effort to test their limits and feel the wind on their face so to speak, Kell and Lila both do the same thing: compete in a contest.

There's also another layer going on here with the aftereffects on White London. I won't go too much into that for fear of spoilers.

There is also so much more we learn here. The priests, the other nations, the politics, everything. If there's anything that Schwab is good at it is world building and it just continues here. I cannot wait for the next book. I love Kell and Rhy, as well as other new characters we get to meet (Alucard!) but I am officially part of the Delilah Bard fanclub if I wasn't already. I think she's actually the main character and Kell and company are just trying to keep up with her.

samcmar Jun 24, 2016

I devoured A Darker Shade of Magic when it released last year. I got completely sucked into the worlds that Schwab had crafted, and adored the cast of characters she created. Victoria Schwab has a knack for great characters, interesting world-building, and her books offer so much tension and intrigue that it's hard not to love them. A Gathering of Shadows is no different.

Obviously, this book is a sequel and definitely requires that you have read A Darker Shade of Magic. This book occurs four months after the main events of ADSOM, and basically the book takes off from there. Kell and Rhy are in new positions, Lila's taken up a life on the sea, and then there's a magic tournament and a whole lot of other shenanigans. A lot of the new characters that are introduced in this novel are fantastic as well, and I quite enjoyed reading their stories. I'm interested to see where Schwab will take them in the next book since some of their narratives felt a unfinished.

I feel like reviewing a sequel is difficult, because at the end of the day, you don't want to give away any spoilers for those who have yet to read the first book. I think if you love character driven stories full of wonder and enchantment, then A Darker Shade of Magic is sure to delight. A Gathering of Shadows is a worthy sequel that offers fantastic development of Schwab's world and her characters. The ending left me quite surprised, and I can only hope that the sequel answers more questions that have presented themselves in this novel.

Basically what I am saying is: I need the next book now.

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fooclue2
Jun 01, 2016

Very similar to the hunger games, the sequel to a darker shade of magic, uses elements (fire, water, land, etc.) in place of the children dying. A worthwhile read, especially if you are saddened that Mockingjay II is over.

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ladymeag
Jul 06, 2016

As life moves on in Red and Grey London, we find what has become of Lila, Kell, Rhy and get more background and deeper development on previously mentioned Alucard, Ned, and Holland. Will other Londons return to the landscape? Be warned, there is a cliffhanger!

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Apr 22, 2018

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