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review 2018-10-08 17:22
Didn't love it as much as the first book, a darker shade of Magic.
A Gathering of Shadows - V.E. Schwab

I didn't hate this book by any means, it just took me awhile to really get into the storyline. I will have to say that, it could have been just my mood at the time. I might do a reread of the whole series, sometime next year, and who knows, maybe the rating will change. But for right now, I have to go with this rating. 

I loved the Magic tournament in the book, kind of gave me a Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire vibe. The characters I freaking love, especially Rhy, and Kell, and there relationship as brothers. The world building and Magic system is just plain awesome. I am also currently reading a conjuring of light, and that book, is giving me a whole lot of feelings. I still would recommend this series and this book, too readers that love this type of world, and have some awesome and amazing characters and a bad ass, female like Lila Bard. 

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text 2018-10-06 01:45
Halloween Bingo - Creepy Carnivals
A Gathering of Shadows - V.E. Schwab

I continued the Shades of Magic series with A Gathering of Shadows. A large part of the book revolves around magical tournament held in Kel's London. Since the whole thing is treated as a giant festival when the actual tournament isn't happening, I decided to use is for the Creepy Carnival square.

 

 

 

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review 2018-02-08 14:38
A series that actually gets better in the second book!
A Gathering of Shadows - V.E. Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows starts out following Lila who was a secondary, but significant, character in the first book of the series. Happy with accomplishing a transference to a London she likes better than the one she grew up in, she looks for a pirate ship to commandeer.

 

Lila is a little too efficient as a thief and fighter to be entirely believable, but it is Fantasy after all. In the second part of the book we get reacquainted with Kell, from the first book of the series. His brother, the prince, drags him into irresponsible situations for which Kell has to shoulder the blame all too often.

 

A tournament of elemental magic is to take place in the kingdom where Kell and the prince live and Lila draws near, in the company of a ship captain who has a reputation as a rogue, but a certain appeal to Lila.

 

This is one of those stories that starts slowly but becomes more and more interesting as it goes along. That both Lila and Kell have limitations and weaknesses came out more as the story went along and by the time they got to the competition, I was completely hooked into the story.

 

My one complaint is that it ended on not exactly a cliffhanger, but in a way that forces you to buy the third book to find out what happens. Luckily I've already got it and can continue.

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review 2017-09-08 00:00
A Gathering of Shadows
A Gathering of Shadows - V.E. Schwab,Mic... A Gathering of Shadows - V.E. Schwab,Michael Kramer,Kate Reading After finishing the first book in the Shades of Magic, A Darker Shade of Magic, I jumped right into this one. As mentioned before, I loved the characters and this one not only introduced a few new ones, but let us see some more of my favorite second tier characters.

*Some spoilers for the first book, and maybe a small one for this book*

Kell and Lilah are still the main characters and we learn early on that Holland survived his time in Black London and has returned to White London. He continues to be our main protagonist, along with the being that was inside the black stone and who we definitely get to know much better. This time, though, Rhy is much more interesting as he attempts to come out of the shadow of the spell Kell had cast to save hime. Kell, on the other hand, is not for much of the story out of concern for what his own risks could cause to the crown. The king and queen mostly annoyed me but their responses to the whole crisis between this book and the last is well founded and I would have done the same as a parent fully knowing and not caring that I was annoying the crap out of everyone who was just trying to live their lives.

Lilah gets much more interesting here, though. She isn't so much paired with Kell in her adventures anymore, but with a new character Alucard Emery. I love him too. He's a bit of a scoundrel but in a very Rhett Butler kind of way that I've always loved. I don't want to give away too much of his involvement in the story, as I had gone in not knowing much more than that beautiful title and the events of the last book. I will say, though, that he is much more fun than Kell had been in even the first book and gives Kell a run for his money in ways not necessarily associated with Lilah.

I also loved that there continued to not so much be a love triangle or love story of any significant sort in these books. There's plenty of making out, but nothing that distracts from the actual plot. I can't possibly express how much I miss reading books with no romantic subplots. Aside from that, there are plenty of loyalties forming and testing in this one that does propel the story in a similar fashion that a romantic subplot does.

Again, the world building is spectacular. We do get to see a little more of it as Lilah has traveled some by the beginning and we get to meet newcomers from other places for the Elemental Games that the plot surrounds. It's not so much about the Games as what happens when the Games are in town, if that makes sense. The Games themselves are quite a bit like the Olympics here rather than the Triwizard Tournament of Harry Potter or the Hunger Games.
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review 2017-07-22 00:00
A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic)
A Gathering of Shadows (A Darker Shade of Magic) - V.E. Schwab 4.5 stars

Everyone talks about the unknown like it's some big scary thing, but it's the familiar that's always bothered me. It's heavy, builds up around you like rocks, until it's walls and a ceiling and a cell.
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