Shades of Magic #2 A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

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by V.E. Schwab
Shades of Magic #2 A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. SchwabA Gathering of Shadows Published by Macmillan on February 23, 2016
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Action & Adventure, Fiction / Fantasy / Gaslamp, Fiction / Fantasy / General, Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
Pages: 512
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab

"Addictive and immersive, A Gathering of Shadows cements this series as a must-read." —Entertainment Weekly, grade A

Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell's possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland's dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like 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.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again-and so to keep magic's balance, another London must V.E. Schwab's A Gathering of Shadows.

Shades of Magic series
1. A Darker Shade of Magic
2. A Gathering of Shadows
3. A Conjuring of Light


I have been following V.E. Schwab as she hosts a read-along on her youtube channel for the Shade of Magic series. We have finished book two, which is being hosted to prepare us for the new book in September 2023 (Threads Of Power). This second book contains one of my favorite scenes, a battle of magic. It reminds me a lot of The Crown’s Games series by Evenly Skye. Magicians battling it out tell one is left standing. What makes it even better is we have two participants who are not supposed to be a part of the games. One who is a fantastic magician and has no clue what she is doing. The stakes are high in this second book, as Lila Bard finds her way into a London that is not hers. Rhy and Kell are figuring out this magical bond between themselves, and in the shadows, a God is waiting to devour them all. I am eager for book three, the final book of this series, as Threads of Power is set in the future.


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About V.E. Schwab

VICTORIA “V. E.” SCHWAB is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including the acclaimed Shades of Magic series, the Villains series, the Cassidy Blake series and the international bestseller The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. Her work has received critical acclaim, translated into over two dozen languages, and optioned for television and film. First Kill – a YA vampire series based on Schwab’s short story of the same name – is currently in the works at Netflix with Emma Roberts’ Belletrist Productions producing. When not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, she lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.