A GATHERING OF SHADOWS
AUTHOR: V E SCHWAB
SERIES: SHADES OF MAGIC, #2
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: URBAN FANTASY, YA
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 thought that the new characters, Alucard and his crew were really cool. It was nice to see Lila finding people she could sort of fit in with, and someone more will to play along with her than Kell was. Seeing her learn about magic and a little bit more about their world was a nice way to develop the characters and set the scene.
As much as I love Kell and Lila, I’m really glad the Rhy got a lot more developement in this book. He was interesting but in the background the last time and seeing more of him is great. I thought the his feelings and reactions to the events of the first book were really well thought out and wonderful to watch. Also, he’s just such a pecious little brat and I love him.
I really enjoyed Essen Tausch – the Element Games contest – and all of the hidden identites and suberterfuge. I thought it was a really good idea to focus in on Red London this time, as opposed to splitting the book between White, Black and Grey. I enjoyed seeing the difference in ADoM but I’m glad we got to see more of Red London and it’s world this time around. It was a great way to show the differences and the politics that are playing out between Faro, Arnes and Vesk.
Another good, adventure story. I’m looking forward to finishing the series.