Written by: V. E. Schwab
Release Date: February 23rd 2016
Pages: 512, hardcover
Series: Shades of Magic, #2
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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.
1) Best Part of this Book?
V. E. Schwab’s writing is something that is so masterful. It’s something that I don’t even know how to express properly. It’s not prose heavy like some books but it simply is. The characters feel real, and they let me escape into their heads for a few hours.
2) Favorite character?
Is there ever an answer here that isn’t Lila Bard? C’mon guys.
3) Worst part of this book?
The ending. I just. Nope. Not getting into it.
4) Favorite Quote?
“She bent most of the rules. She broke the rest.”
5) Was it what’s Expected?
In some ways yes, in other ways no. I expected a whirlwind magical adventure, which I totally got. But also feelings? Excitement? Balls? Magical fights? Like the plot of A Darker Shade of Magic was so intense I was expecting this huge thrilling ride of insanity, and it wasn’t like that, but it was so so so good.
If you haven’t read A Darker Shade of Magic GET TO THE BOOKSTORE. If you HAVE read A Darker Shade of Magic and haven’t read A Gathering of Shadows GET TO THE BOOKSTORE.