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Review: A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab

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A Gathering of Shadows

“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.”

I shall be careful not to give away too much. If you do decide to read any of the ‘reviewed’ books I wouldn’t want to spoil the ending for you, or give away any other major plot twists, so I’ll try to be as vague as possible. However, these won’t be completely spoiler free so if that bugs you stop reading here.

What I thought:

This is a difficult review for me to write, because it was a confusing book for me to read.

Allow me to elaborate.

I really enjoyed it – if you liked A Darker Shade of Magic, you’ll enjoy A Gathering of Shadows! – and loved the character development, especially in Lila and Rhy and I loved what was going on with White London. If you read my review of ADSoM you might remember me saying that I wanted more info on Black London. I really liked the glimpses we got in this book, and am all the more excited for even more info in the sequel.

The ending was brilliant, and even left on a cliffhanger which has me excited/nervous for Book 3 in the series. The Essen Tasch was really well done and exciting. I do love a good magic tournament! Who doesn’t, right?

Now, here’s why this was such a confusing read for me. As I said I really enjoyed it, but at the same time it was a slow read for me and there were times when I was looking forward to being done with it. I can’t explain it because I love Schwab’s world and her characters. It felt slower than ADSoM and took a while to really get going. Just like in ADSoM my mind kept wandering despite being interested in the words.

So I don’t really know what else to tell you! I’ve never had the same reaction to any other book, and judging by the vast amounts of love out there for this series you won’t have the same problems with it. If you do, please get in touch so I feel less alone? Please?

I’ve hopped on the hype train for this series pretty late so chances are you’ve already read it, but if you haven’t buy it now! It’s a great read with an intriguing world and even more intriguing characters. I’m in love with the different Londons, and know you will be, too.

My strange issues aside, I’m looking forward to the third book in the series and can’t wait to see where everything leads!


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I don’t review books professionally. These reviews are mainly a small summary and my opinion on books I’ve loved, they are not intended to be anything more. All ‘reviews’ include a picture, title and name of author linking to the book’s Amazon listing, the blurb from the back of the book and my non-professional verdict.

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