A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) by V.E. Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2)

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 ...

Details A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2)

TitleA Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2)
Release DateFeb 23rd, 2016
PublisherTor Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Magic, Fiction

Reviews A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2)

  • Emily May
    Delilah Bard had a way of finding trouble. I just love everything about this world. Read it in a single day and I cannot wait for the next book.I think I'm a bit of an unintentionally picky reader when it comes to fantasy. A lot of YA fantasy is heavy on the romance and low on the substance, which irks me, but I don't take much pleasure in overlong, dense, wordy adult fantasy series either. I want exciting world-building, strong characters and go...
  • Kat O'Keeffe
    love the writing, love the world, LOVE THESE CHARACTERS. the ending hurt my soul but fortunately i have book 3 to jump into immediately.
  • Petrik
    It’s unbelievable how I started this book with the lowest possible expectation and it still managed to disappoint me. I know this is a beloved book in the YA community, you might wanna stay away from reading this review if you’re easily offended. Seriously stay away.I think it’s better for me to start off with the parts I like about the book first, there’s only a few anyway. First, Holland, every single appearance from him made the plot a...
  • emma
    I'd like to propose a contender for the worst feeling in the world: going into a book with 100% certainty you’ll like it, and then that confidence slowlyyyyy - almost imperceptibly - fading into hatred. Especially when the average rating of said book is a four-point-f*cking-three-five.https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co...But I can’t not hate this book. So much of this is nightmare scenario after nightmare scenario wrapped into one misleadi...
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    Reviewed by: Rabid Reads4.5 starsAuthors of series like to do this thing where they give you a first installment that while, of course, leaving unanswered questions, still manages to conclude nice and neatly.You can't wait to get your hands on the next book, but only b/c you love the story and are desperate to see what happens next. You feel safe when you finally get the next chapter. The tension that plagued you while reading the prior installme...
  • Kai
    The prince shrugged. “Who needs magic when you look this good?”This book set fire to my feelings and shattered my mind. Tore my heart into pieces and stole my soul.I am officially and utterly dead.Victoria Schwab worked her magic like a genius. This book was flawless, from start to finish. From cover to characters, from plot to setting, from language to imagination. And while I thought A Darker Shade of Magic was amazing, it was only the tip ...
  • Hannah
    My spoiler discussion is now up on my channel!: https://youtu.be/jTE6aTbosjUTHAT ENDING DESTROYED ME SOMEONE GIVE ME THE NEXT BOOK RIGHT NOW
  • Ben Alderson
  • jessica
    okay. i knew this was going to be good, but i didnt expect it to be that good. oh sanct, that ending. im giving this five stars for the last 100 pages alone - my heart is RACING. and im beyond happy the third book is already out because i dont know how people managed to be patient enough to wait. so where i thought the first book excelled in its world building by introducing the four different londons and their histories, i found the sequel gave ...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    *laughs hysterically* *choking sound*Why, thank you, Victoria Schwab. Please don't mind my heart. No, really. Feel free to crush it. I don't do holding grudges. Much. 4.5 stars . Truth is, when I started A Gathering of Shadows, one of my best friend asked me if I thought she would like, and strangely, I wasn't able to answer straight away. Color me surprised. How comes this series holds such a strong grip on me and still I am hesitating when reco...
  • karen
    congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' best fantasy category 2016!Lila shrugged. "Everyone's immortal until they're not."this is one of those crossover dealies that isn't marketed (or priced, unfortunately) as YA, but there's no reason for it not to be in the YA section, from a reader perspective. from the publisher's perspective, obviously it's always better when you can set your cover price in the ten bucks higher adult-market range, but s...
  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    #1 A Darker Shade of Magic ★★★★★#2 A Gathering of Shadows ★★★★★#3 A Conjuring of Light ★★★★★I cannot believe that I waited nearly a year between the first book and this one, but here we are, and now I’m convinced that Victoria sacrificed an unhealthy number of virgins for her writing skills, because this series is absolute magnificence. I loved A Darker Shade of Magic so much that I was nervous to see if the second...
  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    Wowowowow. If you have not picked up this series yet, pick it up now. Right now. I feel I can't even put into words how I feel about this book - but I'm going to try anyway.To start, I liked "A Darker Shade of Magic" (book #1 in this series) a lot - but I wasn't out of my mind in love. I liked the characters and the world building was so unique and engaging. The story was good- but it left me wanting more to happen to the characters (which was pe...
  • C.G. Drews
    Reread July 2017:Ohhhh good book is GOOD the second time round too. Who'd have though, right?!? I'm so glad I'm rereading this series as it's basically my FAVOURITE and I am trash for anything Schwab writes. Also can she please chill on hurting the precious magical children. I love them. And it's raining on my face.Smol List Of Loves In The Reread:• basically Kell x Lila refusing to acknowledge they have FEELINGS• so adorable. ship it• also...
  • Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
    I SALUTE ANYONE THAT HAD TO LIVE MORE THAN AN ENTIRE YEAR DANGLING OFF THAT BRUTAL CLIFFHANGER OH MY HOLY FUCKRemember when I called A Darker Shade of Magic a slow-burner? HA. Well. This one just burns you alive and makes you enjoy every fiery second of it. WHAT A RIDE.I'm far too impatient to get on with the next book, so here's a random assortment of my thoughts and feelings on this glorious work of new adult literature...(((kindasorta spoilers...
  • Claudia Ramírez
  • Clara
    ** 5+++ "I’M OBSESSED AND IN AWE" !! stars **It’s official, this series now has a hold on me and it won’t let go. I’m in love with the writing, the world and the characters ! This series has definitely made it to the top of my all-time favorite series with this second installment ! It’s been a while since I absolutely loved everything about a series or felt so invested, but I have to say these books gave me everything I’m looking for ...
  • Ashley Nuckles
    Simultaneously laughing and crying. Can I give this book more than five stars? Because it deserves at least forty.
  • Samantha
    2.5 - Barely anything happened in this book. There didn't need to be a full book to set up the little bit that happened at the end. 2.5 stars because it's neutral. Not horrible (I liked the new characters) but it felt like a waste mostly. Video review to come.
  • Sana
    Edit: oh my god what the fuck was I thinking a year ago writing this review. I have issuesUNMARKED SPOILERS EVERYWHERE!!!!AND SWEARING, LOTS OF IT EVERYWHEREAND EXTREME HATE ON LILA THE GARBAGE CAN EVERYWHERE!!!!I’m not even kidding when I say this book pissed me off to the point where I physically felt the need to rip the goddamn fucking pages and fucking burn them and throw this fucking book out the goddamn window with every ounce of strength...
  • Anne
    So the 1st book, A Darker Shade of Magic, didn't blow me away. I liked it, but I just didn't quite love it.Interested, but not invested.Which means I didn't rush out to grab a copy of this one, because I just wasn't sure how excited I actually was to read it.However, my trepidation was unwarranted. A Gathering of Shadows was so much better than I expected it to be! There was this whole connection to the characters that (I felt) was missing from t...
  • kat
    4.5 starsshit
  • Pouting Always
    I found the second book to be better than the first honestly, it's pacing was a lot better and the tension built all way to the end so that I felt like bursting when I finished the book and it left off where it did. Also I really liked seeing Lila soften up a little and get a less controlled version of Kell. I know there's been a lot of hype around the books so people end up not liking it as much because of their expectations but I think if you g...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I got to read more of the bad arsed, Lila Bard and Kell and Rhy! Yay! I loved the beginning of this book with Lila. People for me, this was the best part of the book with what all Lila did to that crew! Holy crow! I am Delilah Bard, she though as the ropes cut into her skin. I am a thief and a pirate and a traveler. I have set foot in three different worlds, and lived. I have shed the blood of royals and held magic in my hands. And a ship full of...
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    *screeches and runs to Amazon to order ACoL IMMEDIATELY*
  • Melanie
    1.) A Darker Shade of Magic ★★★Readalong for the BooktubeSFF Awards which is being hosted by Adriana from Perpetual Pages, Chelsea from TheReadingOutlaw, Samantha from Novels and Nonsense, Connor from Connor O'Brien, Elizabeth from Books and Pieces, Kaitlin from Kitty G, Sam from Thoughts on Tomes, Elena from Elena Reads Books, and Thomas from SFF180!Four months have passed since the events that took place in A Darker Shade of Magic. The...
  • Nasom
    THAT ENDING THO!! Let’s just say I do not envy the people that read this before the third book was out “I want to live, but getting close to death is the only way to feel alive. And once you do, it makes you realize that everything you were doing before wasn’t actually living”This book was pretty much the calm before the storm so it was mostly slow. Mostly, this book is about the Essen Tasch(which is like the Olympics for magicians). Vari...
  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    Here we are again with 3 stars. I keep wanting to reason with myself that this book deserves both a higher and a lower rating... I guess I am going to have to settle with 3 stars. There is a great amount of potential in this series. Schwab's writing style is delicious to read, I mean she really knows how to paint a picture for her audience. Her writing style alone accounts for at least 1.5 stars of my rating. I think my main problem is, even thou...
  • Beth
    2.5 Stars.My initial thoughts going into this book... I quite liked A Darker Shade of Magic, well this is now 508 pages, this is going to be long, but it has a 4.32 average on goodreads so it must be good right?! Oh you fool Beth.Where do I even begin with this? If you love this book I’d suggest you don’t read this because I honestly couldn’t stand it. I don’t think I’ve been so let down by a second book in a series since Glass Sword, a...