A Gathering of Shadows: Shades of Magic Review

A Gathering of Shadows: Shades of Magic (Book 2)

by V.E. Schwab

“Kell is one of the last magicians with the ability to travel between parallel universes, linked by the magical city of Londn. It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into his possession and he met Delilah Bard. Four months since the Dane twins of White London fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body back into Black London.

Now Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking onlt to think of Lila. And as Red London prepares for the Element games – an intternational competition of magic – a certain pirate ship draws closer. But another London is coming back to life. The balance of magic is perilous, and for one city to flourish, another must fall…”

I knew after reading A Darker Shade of Magic, I had to read A Gathering of Shadows. I do think that you need to have read A Darker Shade of Magic beforehand, otherwise you will get lost, but having read the previous book I was hooked straight away.

It is four months since Lila walked away from Kell, she has made herself at home on Night Spire (a privateering ship) while Kell and Rhy are trying to live with the trade that Kell made for Rhy’s life. Holland was left dying and being put into Black London, however, he is now back in White London as King.

Oh my gosh! I finished this book last night, and I almost screamed, then realising everyone else was asleep so I didn’t. I cannot believe it, I need A Conjuring of Light right now! I need to know what happens next. Several of the things I wanted to know more about or see more of happened, but there are still some things to happen in the next book (hopefully).

My favourite part is all of it, it was so incredible the way the story wove its way together, the way that two characters met and then you saw the interaction of one of them with another but not giving anything away. It was like having all my favourite foods put in a blender and it coming out awesome (I have no idea why I said that…). I love the different points of view and how you knew more than the characters as you knew everything, and it was just waiting for them to find something out. The twists were fantastic.

My favourite characters still have to be Kell, Lila and Rhy. Although, Alucard, Hastra and Master Tieren are up there as well. I love the banter between Lila and Alucard, and then when they all come together is just amazing, I don’t think I’ve laughed so much in quite a while. There were a load of places where I burst out laughing, there were a lot of places where I was held in suspense or shock, I don’t remember crying at all (except from laughing).

A Gathering of Shadows ends on a cliffhanger, as the Shades of Magic series continues in A Conjuring of Light.

While reading A Gathering of Shadows, I described it as the build-up to a magical tournament and what happens during the tournament, with a hint of love and intrigue. I would recommend to older teenagers and adults. 5 out of 5.

A Gathering of Shadows





  • Storyline
  • Characters
  • Setting

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