A Gathering of Shadows was a great book to help me get back into the groove of things. Lately I’ve been so busy with graduation from college, I haven’t had time to read or blog. It’s such an exciting time for me but a busy time as well. Anyways, enough about me, lets get back to the good stuff!
I started A Gathering of Shadows on April 10, 2017 and finished it on April 30, 2017. Normally it does not take me twenty days to read a book, so yeah, I was kinda busy. Overall I gave this book a 9 out of 10.
In order for me to give an accurate review, there may be some spoilers for A Darker Shade of Magic. So please, if you don’t to spoil anything, read up on my past review of ADSOM and catch up with us when you can!
A Gathering of Shadows
We pick up in A Gathering of Shadows where we left off in A Darker Shade of Magic, Lila is leaving to follow her adventure and Kell is to return to the palace, connected to Rhy.
Lila is exploring her new home of Red London the only way she knows how to, as a thief. Her inner desire to steal puts her in a predicament and we meet the savvy Captain of the Night Spire. We follow their waves on the sea and experience the struggle Lila feels as she starts to get close to someone / something. Personally I love being able to explore this character. I felt like I really got to know Lila in AGOS.
In the first book we only received a glimpse of the inner Lila and how she makes her decisions. In AGOS we really start to understand her fears and wants, but Lila still remain mysterious. But one thing is for certain, Lila makes her own path and no one can change that.
While Lila is on an adventure, Kell is struggling to keep his cool. Rhy and Kell’s brotherly bond is stronger than ever. Their lives have been interweaved and Kell can feel every emotion of Rhy’s including pain. So now it’s not only Kell’s own life that he has to protect, it’s Rhy’s too. This puts some major stress on Kell and his body is craving power since he touched the black stone. There’s so much tension and he just needs to let go, luckily there’s the Essen Tach.
The Essen Tach is a elemental tournament where magicians from all around the world for the title of champion. This tournament was definitely a highlight within this book and it bought back so many Harry Potter feels. The dueling, fighting, dodging and quick thinking all reminded me of The Goblet of Fire. Which is my favorite movie but not favorite book of Harry Potter.
This book was a big step up from ADSOM and I really liked the first book. My friend who originally loaned me the books (you can follow her on Instagram here) told me that each book V.E. Schwab gets even better with each book. I’m super eager to read the last book. This series has really caught my full attention. The first book was great as an establishment but the second, wooo! It was exciting and I enjoyed every page!
Oh and a Darker Shade of Magic is officially going to be a movie!!
The drink I chose for this pairing is Black Coffee. The reason I chose this drink is because Black London starts to become a bigger topic in A Gathering of Shadows and I wanted to highlight this issue that arises in the novel.
On to the next…
I just ordered A Conjuring of Light and that’ll be about a week I have to wait. In between I’ve chosen to read I, Lucifer by Glen Duncan. I’ve read Glen Duncan’s The Last Werewolf and loved it. I definitely recommend that one as well!