Hardcover, 512 pages

Published Jan. 4, 2016 by A Tom Doherty Associates Book.

ISBN:
978-0-7653-7647-3
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4 stars (77 reviews)

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 …

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Review of 'A Gathering of Shadows' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

This is going to be a very unpopular opinion but... this book is terrible.

As in, for the first time in 15 years I gave up mid book and mid series. No plot, characters I hated, a world that wasn’t developed and not even good writing. I got to the last chapter and realized I just didn’t care how it ended.

The first book showed promise and I started this one hoping it would be more fully developed. Not only did that not happen, it actually regressed in this installment.

Review of 'A Gathering of Shadows' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

What felt like a neverending slog through nearly pointless prose has finally come to an end. I had planned on reading all three texts in V.E Schwab's series... but no more. I enjoyed the first installment and came away with the misplaced hope that the remaining volumes would be equally entertaining. Now after being bored to tears by volume 2, I believe I'll read something else.

Review of 'A Gathering of Shadows' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I read the first book in this fantasy trilogy last year and thought it was super fun but nothing hugely groundbreaking, good enough to keep reading the rest of the trilogy when I had time.

This is the second and middle book. I got about a quarter in and it GRABBED ME AND WOULD NOT LET GO. Like OMG it is 3AM I have to put the book down. Like get out of the shower and read a few more pages standing next to the bed. Like finished it and RAN to Amazon to buy #3.

It is a strong plot for a middle book, well-developed on its own, but that also pulls in threads for the larger trilogy cycle. The characters are so well done and just so much FUN. The world-building is terrific. I could quibble that there’s some implausible decisions to further the plot, the “element games” …

Review of 'A Gathering of Shadows' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

A sequel that was more of the same as book one. If you liked [b: A Darker Shade of Magic|22055262|A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)|V.E. Schwab|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1400322851s/22055262.jpg|40098252] you will probably like this one just as much. The same characters appear, the setting is more concentrated on Red London and instead of Holland we get the roguish Captain Emery. Except of course he is one of the good guys (mostly) and Holland really was not.

What this books lacks most is an actual antagonist. Or someone actively trying to make things go wrong for the protagonists. But here we only have themselves trying to stumble through a long setup for a magical tournament in which none of them should be taking part.

I was listening to audiobook read by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer because I enjoyed their reading of [b: Words of Radiance|17332218|Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, …

Review of 'A Gathering of Shadows' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

A fun, off kilter read, this series defies easy categorization, but then so do the characters.

Sometimes you want to throttle them, sometimes you want to hug them, but you're always interested in what they are doing.

Excellent second book, drawing the world, the characters, and magic into sharper focus, it left me yelling intelligibly and waving my book in the air at the end, before immediately pre-ordering the sequel.


Review of 'A Gathering of Shadows' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Wow..

Bastard left us at a cliffhanger, though.

Sigh.. I try not to start things that don't have endings. Humans are pained by things they don't know. This pains me. heheh.

Ok, so welcome back to three--er--four--London's. The indefatigable Delilah, the Royal Brothers--er--son Rhys--and--kicker Antari Kell, and a host of others. Including a well characterized Alucard.

I told my wife this book reminds me of a cross between the fantasia of Alice and Wonderland (or really just the taste in the air makes me think this) and Sanderson's [b:Mistborn Trilogy Boxed Set|6604209|Mistborn Trilogy Boxed Set (Mistborn, #1-3)|Brandon Sanderson|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1257442247s/6604209.jpg|6798109]. It might just be that they have women who gain power and are both crazy, strong willed, and beautifully illustrated. In a world that thrums with a soulful magic.

I like these characters and world. I think Kell & Rhy both don't solve their problems enough and droll-fully sulk in their unresolved …

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