Book Title: A Gathering of Shadows
Author: V.E. Schwab
Book Series: Shades of Magic, #2
Reading Format: Audible Audio
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 of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.
This book was beyond amazing, no doubt about it. I think I liked it a little more than the first one. I’m still quite in love with Kell, and I believe that will never change when I go into the third and final book.
Now, I did, however, take my time on this one since I did listen to the audiobook while I was working and doing other stuff, so it did take me longer than the first book, but the speed doesn’t matter. I am so glad that I decided to continue on listening to the audiobooks because the narrators were flawless, although it would’ve been better with just one, in my opinion. However, that didn’t stop me from enjoying the story itself.