Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Review: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E Schwab

Title: A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic #2)
Author: V.E Schwab
Publication: Published February 23rd 2016 by Tor Books
Book Description:
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.

My Thoughts:

Everything Victoria Schwab writes turns into gold. I enjoyed A Darker Shade of Magic so I have high expectations for this one.

The story continues when Kell and Delilah parted after the debacle. Delilah ventured out and enjoyed her freedom; while Kell stayed with Rhy and continued his duties in the Royal Palace. Despite their heroic effort to save Red London, another darkness brews. Friendship will be tested. Will Kell and Delilah be able to save Red London the second time around?

The world-building is incredible! It will feel like you’re transported into a new world. I love how she intertwines the story like magic. Not only that her writing style is my cup of tea, every scene is like a gem. You will never get bored.

The character-building is amazing. There’s maturity among the protagonists which I like. You also get to see the story from different perspectives without giving away their true motives; it gives the story a sharp edge. There are new characters as well which makes everything stimulating. Book two will give light about who the main characters are. You will get to know them deeply which leads to attachments from the readers.

 Delilah Bard is my favorite among the bunch. She’s free spirited and kick-ass. I love her personality. She’s not like any other heroines. She’s stubborn and unpredictable but in a good way. 

As for the love-angle. Book one gave hints but it’s more on friendship. Now, book two will give you the real deal! Prepare for steamy scenes and shocking revelations.

Overall, Gathering of Shadows is another masterpiece from Victoria. Sarah J. Maas fans will enjoy this series. Action and Romance lovers will also love A Gathering of Shadows.

I give this 5 Antari Whales. 



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