First Impression Friday: “A Gathering of Shadows” by VE Schwab

It looks like this is going to be a VE Schwab January. A Gathering of Shadows is the second of her books that I’ve previewed here, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to get to the third one by the end of the month (spoiler alert: I’m actually writing these in December and scheduling them way ahead of time, because one of my resolutions is to actually get this blog back up and running smoothly again).

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.

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2)One of the worst decisions I’ve ever made is bringing a book to read during my lunch hour at work. Thankfully, my new job gives me an entire hour for lunch (much better than the paltry thirty minutes at my previous jobs), because otherwise I don’t know if I’d be able to handle this book in just short bursts.

This book is already head-over-heels better than the first installment, and I’m only a few chapters into it. It’s like, are you kidding me? How on earth have I let these books pass me by over the years? I was so excited about the first book, and thought that there was no way the second one could top it. I was dead wrong.

I’m pretty sure I’m looking at another 4-5 star book, but of course, only time will tell.

And as always, keep reading.

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