Book Review: A Gathering of Shadows

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Author: Victoria E. Schwabb

A Darker Shade of Magic #2

Goodreads Synopsis: It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as 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.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.


Usually a 2nd book in a series and the one that’s the middle book is not normally a favorite. But I have to admit, while A Gathering of Shadows wasn’t my favorite in the series it was still so fun. I love the characters, Kell is amazing, Lila is such a fun character and the set up for the mysterious darkness lurking was entertaining. The only thing I hated was wanting to see Kell and Lila back together — I love them and I love them together. But, at the same time, it was great to see them grow apart but always thinking of each other. It made me want to keep reading through the story to see them together, partly because of their dynamic but also because I knew that once they were together again, the story would evolve quickly and it did — rapidly.

While the characters apart and together was what kept my attention, it was the comedy within the book and the adventure that will keep you reading too. It’s a fun read, it reminds me of an adult Harry Potter and this second in the series had me finding the third book immediately after.

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

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