Book Title: A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2)
Author: V.E. Schwab
Published: February 23rd, 2016
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.
As I said in my previous Monday Mini about A Darker Shade of Magic, Victoria Schwab is a genius when it comes to magic. After how well the first book of the Shades of Magic series wrapped up I was left wanting more, but still content with where we left our characters. Because of this fact, I had no idea where Schwab was going to go with A Gathering of Shadows. I loved being able to lose myself in these character’s worlds again, it was like coming home after a vacation. What I really loved about this second book was how much more we learn about how magic works and the different types of magic. Again, I felt a strong similarity to Lila’s story. Coming from a world where magic was forgotten and finding herself not only capable of but extremely proficient at performing magic. I loved the Element Games. I know, for a fact, that if I lived in Red London I’d try to fight in the Games. I also really love how Schwab builds tension by switching between multiple points of view. From the start of the book I was looking forward to catching glimpses of what was to come, it’s like being in on the secret. I was constantly running over each scenario over and over as I read, wondering what was actually going to happen.