A Gathering of Shadows Review

Title: A Gathering of Shadows

Author: V. E. Schwab

Genre: Science Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Fantasy Fiction, Gaslamp Fantasy

Publish Date: February 23, 2016

Date Read: March 26, 2019

Number of Pages: 512

Stars: 5/5⭐️

Summary on Back:

Black London fell because of magic like this. What horror would it bring to the Londons that remained? To the starving White, or the ripened Red, or the defenseless Grey?

It has been four months since the mysterious stone fell into Kell’s possession. Fourmonths since he crossed paths with Delilah Bard. Now, while his own city is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of a cross-empire magical competition, a once-lost London is returning to life. But the balance of magix is ever perilous and for one city to flourish, another London must die.

Review:

Oh, my god. I couldn’t put it down!

This book had less parts than the first, but the parts had more chapters, and longer chapters, within. There was also more romance and I loved that too.

*Spoilers ahead: read at your own risk*

So Holland’s alive??? That was a little bit of a shock. While we get to see more of what Holland himself was like, he was still under the possession of Osaron, so we still don’t get to see what he’s really like. I understand his reasoning for deciding to let Osaron take over Kell instead because he too was an Antari and not a fabricated one like Ojka, but at the same time, it was not a good idea. I’m sure there were better ways for Holland to control Osaron. Or he could have tried to carve his way out of Black London without bringing Osaron.

The moment I learned that Kell despised Alucard I started laughing because I couldn’t wait for him to learn that Luc was Lila’s captain. I wasn’t sure about what Luc had done, but I became increasingly concerned until I learned Kell had banished him. I’m not entirely sure why though, because Rhy was upset that Luc had left, but Luc had left because Kell banished him, though he was banished for breaking Rhy’s heart. What exactly could he have done? I still love Luc though and his snarkyness, his jokes, and how he loves Rhy. They’re cute together.

The book ended with Rhy coming close to death and I’m scared for him. I’m quite fond of him and I don’t want him to die. I’m also quite fond of Kell and the way he was treated by the Maxim, Emira, and the people made me sad for him.

The Essen Tasch story line was amazing. I was laughing as Kell recognized Lila but then forced himself to see her as someone else when told that she was Stasion. It really was her but he looked for ways to see her differently. Lila, however, recognized him as Kamerov real quick. Their battle was interesting and I wonder what would happen if Kell had actually tried to win. Of course, he couldn’t, but I would have liked to see what happened if he did.

I also still have some questions about Kell’s background, but maybe we’ll see that in the next book.

“Everyone’s immortal until they’re not.”
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