• Page Count: 512
  • Publication Date: February 23, 2016
  • My Rating: 5 stars

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) 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.


I was a bit more into the first book’s story, but I loved all of the characters here SO MUCH. Oh my goodness Lila is so badass and seriously one of my favorite characters ever.

This book is totally worth reading just for the amazing characters alone. I don’t want to say too much, though, because anything about this plot would kind of ruin the first book if people haven’t read that.

Things that were awesome:
– The detailed worldbuilding & solid writing
– New characters like Alucard!
– The beginning and last 25% of the story
– The Triwizard Tournament Essen Tasch
– Delilah freaking Bard
– AWESOME CLIFFHANGER ENDING (I like them if they’re done well)
every single one of these precious characters


3 comments on “A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab”

  1. I can’t wait to read this next book. I devoured A Darker Shade of Magic a few months ago and I thought I’d jump right into A Gathering of Shadows but I keep picking up other books D’: …hopefully I’ll get to it soon because I definitely want more Lila and Kell!

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