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review 2017-03-20 07:41
A Worthy Sequel No Better Than The First
A Gathering of Shadows - Victoria Schwab

The sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic is more than just any sequel - its a worthy almost an epic fantasy that lives up to its name when it comes to magic. Where the first begins introducing a world of interesting deep characters, an unspoken evil and politics of tilting the balance of power in the first book, the sequel truly dug deeper into new characters, a depth of understanding of Red London, we get to know more about Kell, Lila and Rhy and the rest of the characters and building up a suspense that ends with a cliffhanger that is exciting, rich and the wanting to know more! Is it better than the first? I can say its well-balance in how the story is laid out brilliantly that never seize to amaze me.

 

Four months after the Black Night incident, Red London is preparing for a magic tournament. The last time we see Delilah Bard she joined a crew of sea privateers lead by the handsome and irresistible Captain Alucard Emery, sailing across the ocean for the empire. Still, a thief as always but with a new skill of magic. In Red London, Rhy is preparing for Essen Tasch, a tournament where magicians from corners of the Arnesian empire come to compete. Kell, last seen where he had bond his life with Rhy after he brought Black Night towards the Arnes Empire and even though he and Lila had saved the empire, the king and queen of Red London do not trust Rhy's life to be protected by Kell. In White London, some thing dark is stirring and a new king took over, one with a familiar face and an ancient enemy is about to spread its influences across the parallel worlds of London.

 

There is so much about A Gathering of Shadows but what I can say is its the same as much I would say about A Darker Shade of Magic - it still never fails me how captivating this book is as much as it was in the first book. Victoria Schwab is to this day my favorite author and she had created a world that really pulls a reader in and live the lives of each of the character, with absorbing dialogue and a read that truly keeps you going. I do find that although the sequel isn't as fast as the first book itself, it still has this holding on me that I do not want this to end even though it has to end one way or another. Its still a brilliant written work and one I love most that my reading in the early mornings is what I look forward to to keep me enthrall and mesmerized.

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review 2017-03-06 11:46
Gripping Epic Fantasy That Begins Here!
A Darker Shade of Magic - Victoria Schwab

Magic. Parallel universe. Treachery. An adventure. Saving all worlds.

 

This is my third series fromV.E. Schwab. Each time I read her books, each time it never fails to amaze me how good her writing is. She pulled me in, took me into an adventure so unique and leave me wanting for more. A Darker Shade of Magic is the first in the trilogy series Shades of Magic. I have hold on to reading the first book since I bought it last year and finally, when the third and final book A Conjuring of Light was released recently, I will be binge reading the series in my own time and I have to say that A Darker Shade of Magic had really pull me into a world of fantasy that I love to be spin into with so much as to I wanted to read further but resist holding on to devour each word for word.

 

To begin, the blurb has an interesting twist - three parallel Londons and one, shall not be spoken of. Kell, one of the last two Antaris magician traveler of parallel Londons as messengers among royals and a smuggler of antiques and relics. Lila, a thief in Grey London and a survivor on the streets unknown of other existence of London. When Kell was given a forbidden relic from a place not speak of and when he cross paths with Lila who pickpocket that forbidden relic, fate have them work together to save the universe from taken over by greed of power.

 

V.E. Schwab once again, have outdone herself. Introducing worlds unlike any other, a fantasy that is worthy a read and rereading again and again. I love the adventure it was written, the interesting characters being introduce and the malice of evil characters intended towards the protagonist. If this is reality, its a darn good writing. I was sucked into this world she created and made me believe that these parallel Londons exist. And then, there is magic that weren't that far fetched and acceptable. What truly made this book a must read is how the lure of reading more is magic itself in reading. Its one I felt worth pursuing and definitely looking forward in the next book - A Gathering of Shadows where I am about to read soon.

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review 2016-09-25 17:08
Vicious - Victoria Schwab

Thank god for book clubs that push you out of your norms. I don't typically seek out sci-fi/fantasy, so I probably wouldn't have come across this on my own. I'm so glad I picked it up, though.

 

It's a great adventure, with memorable, morally complex characters living out a believable superhero story. The book is very well paced and Schwab is masterful in dropping nothing while moving the story through time and space. 

 

I sat down and read the whole thing yesterday, and it was a delight all the way through.

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text 2016-05-02 13:12
Bookhaul #26

This bookhaul is a mix between books I haven't read and books I bought in a different edition. These are the books I haven't read:

The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins | link

Kim by Rudyard Kipling | link

 

These are the books I bought (and I received some for free) in a different edition:

Vicous by V.E. Schwab | link

Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll | link

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë | link

 

I ordered Vicious for a friend, but she received a damaged copy so they send her a new one and I asked if I could get the damaged copy then. I also ordered Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass in this edition, because I gave away my copy with Through The Looking Glass in it and the other edition I own has only Alice In Wonderland in it. You guys also know that I've been wanting this edition of Jane Eyre for ages, but it was always sold out or too expensive. A few weeks ago I found it secondhand on Amazon for eleven euros, so I ordered it but because it arrived way too late, I emailed the company and they said sorry and also said that I get it for free. So yay!

 

And I also finally bought a new coloring book. I already own one coloring book and I've colored already quite much in it, but I really wanted to have this one because the images don't go 'till the middle of the book, which is much prettier and I like the theme. This is the one I got:

Lost Ocean by Johannna Basford | link

 

When it comes to May (the two Penguin English Library ones included) I only have A Court Of Mist and Fury (A Court Of Thornes And Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas coming in the mail but that one will arrive halfway May I think.

 

Ps. If you click on link you go straight to the right edition and to website of Bookdepository. That might be easier for you as well if you want to buy (I'm not going to mention this in every bookhaul, but this is new so now you know. :))

 

What books have you bought in April/May?

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-11-23 02:55
A Gathering of MORE AWESOME! ( a little spoilery)
A Gathering of Shadows - Victoria Schwab

So my close, bookish friends will know that this is a series I have been obsessed with over the last year. The first book came into my bookstore as an ARC and it caught my eye and I read it and it was amazing and then I found it was gonna be a trilogy and was super excited. But then I also panicked because I was moving out of the country right around the time the ARC for the second book would be coming out and I wasn't sure I'd still be there when and if it showed up. But praise be to our book rep, I got it before I left. 

 

I love Kell, but I also love Lila. I really liked that this book focused a bit more on her journey, at least that's how it felt to me. We still know fuck all about her but that's just Lila for you. We also get to learn more about Rhy in this book, and are introduced to a whole bunch of new and exciting characters. 

 

This book takes place four years after the events of A Darker Shade of Magic. There's a definite shift in the vibe across Red London as well as in Kell's own life. We meet the other surrounding kingdoms, and freaking Holland is up to some shit over in White London. AND! Victoria Schwab has to go and end it on this fucking bitch of a cliffhanger! Not cool, Schwab, not cool. *sigh* Jeez, I seem to curse a lot more in my reviews when I really like a book. 

 

Profanity aside, this was a great sequel. It was very fresh while still feeling familiar. It referenced events in the first book but only so much as to remind the reader if they'd forgotten some things. There's action and intrigue and romance. Gah! How am I going to survive another year?! 

 

I cannot wait to see how this trilogy wraps up. 

 

~Ren

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