A Gathering of Shadows

A Gathering of Shadows

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"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 extravagent 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-and so to keep magic's balance, another London must fall"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765376473
Branch Call Number: FICTION Schwab Victoria 02/2016
Characteristics: 512 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number: FICTION Schwab Victoria 02/2016


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Apr 01, 2021

Any story that starts with me bound at the wrists in a rowboat without oars in the middle of the night and beyond the sight of land, and all of this on the very page, has got my attention for sure. There’s magic, there’s intrigue. There are all the elements that should hold the reader’s attention. And yet it doesn’t. The novel fails to hold the readers interest. Much of the book is compelling and yet there is substantial material that does not catch and keep your attention. I feel I must almost apologize to the novel and the author for allowing my interest to flag.

dragipej Jan 25, 2020

I am allowed not to have read or watched Harry Potter, I have ridden the Harry Potter ride at Disneyland though :)
I am really enjoying how everything naturally happens and paths cross and clash. It is written well.
Now onto A Conjuring of Light, can't wait.

Jan 20, 2020

Book 2

Jan 16, 2020

I loved this book.
I see a lot of reviews here for it and there isn't much else I can say about it.
Lila's, " I am so special" attitude that is continuously mentioned throughout the book is annoying. She doesn't listen to warnings and has had very little training in magic. She needs to get over herself, listen, learn and use some common sense.
It's not that I don't like her, but I don't know how many times we read remarks about herself. Over inflated ego.
I felt bad for Kell and Rhy. Saving Rhy's should be a good thing, but it has caused both of them a lot of anguish too.
I don't know why Kell was lured away by a strange girl. Did she use magic of persuasion on him? He knows all the dangers around. He kept backing up from her and then he takes her hand and goes with her. I know he was upset, but someone with his experiences in life doesn't just go walking off holding the hand of a stranger.
I don't have the third book yet. Hopefully, it will be available when I am able to get back to the library.

Dec 20, 2018

book 2

Jul 31, 2018

I enjoyed the first book, but this second one was a disappointment. It was completely filler. A magical tournament is not an original idea, and she should have just skipped to the third book where the plot goes back to dark magic. I couldn't stand Lila's character, mostly due to how she was written. The author over-emphasized her badass thieving abilities which was unbelievable. Lila was a mediocre con artist, an annoying character and apparently an amazing magician despite having only 4 months of training. The author's writing style almost made me quit the series. She would italicize at least two words per page for emphasis. A good writer does not need to tell her readers where to look. And some of the words she chose to italicize did not even make sense. (This does not include other languages or inner thoughts.) The idea of multiple Londons was intriguing and half the characters were interesting (although the author tried to share too many perspectives, which lost focus on the protagonists). Overall, I would not recommend this book.

MegH_OshLib May 25, 2018

Better than the first, this book was an absolute joy to read! Delilah Bard is an incredible character and I adored everything about her arc in 'A Gathering of Shadows'. I'm glad that I put off reading this series so that I don't have to wait after that brutal cliffhanger at the end.

I think Delilah shone brilliantly in this book, her chapters held some of my favourite moments throughout the story, but Kell and Rhy are close behind her in terms of their development, both together and separately.

Just a wonderful character-driven story, with one of my favourite (more urban) fantasy settings!

DCLadults Apr 05, 2018

This strength of this one was its interplay and relationship building between the main characters. I was entertained, but the book did little to advance the overall story - basic set up to the next book. Lots of character development set on the high seas or in a medieval setting. Occasional demonstrations of magic.

Feb 02, 2018

I finished this book in two days because I was so excited to read more of Kell and Lila's story. They've been apart for four months when this installment opens, and the trouble that's found Lila is Captain Alucard Emery, a dashing privateer who takes her on as his ship's thief. He's teacher, ally and possibly crush, but throughout she can't stop thinking about Kell, who can't stop thinking about her. As for the other Antari, Holland did not die in Black London as Kell had thought, but revived to find the source of the black magic that plagued Kell's Red London. Holland makes a terrible choice, but does so in order to revive his nearly dead White London.

Prince Rhy, meanwhile, can't stand to see his foster brother Kell punished by their parents for what happened with the black magic (and his near death) because he knows that he's just as much to blame. To make it up to him, he secretly enrolls him in the magic tournament between their empire Arnes and their neighbors, Vesk and Arnes. It's unfair for an Antari to compete against ordinary magicians, but Rhy knows that Kell needs to step out of the royal shadow, if only for a few hours. And Kell isn't the only one who's bending the rules: Lila decides that she'll be in the contest too, even if that means that she has to assume an identity (how hard can that be for a thief?). And while Alucard qualified fair and square, his return to London is a violation of a royal order--Kell's--and his family isn't happy to see him back either. But why is Rhy keen to see him back?

While Kell and Lila keep missing each other in Red London, Holland and his new knight Ojka are trying to find a way to free him from the black magic entity he took on while in Black London. Too bad the only bodies strong enough to hold it are Antari, but how convenient that Holland knows just where to find one...

It's hard to introduce a major character mid-series, but Alucard becomes a favorite almost immediately. And while we've met Holland in the last book, his motivations become clearer and more sympathetic. I enjoyed the magical duels, but admittedly some of the setup around the tournament felt like an extended device to keep Lila and Kell apart until their dramatic reunion. The ending was breath taking, and I couldn't wait to begin reading the final installment right after.

Nov 27, 2017

Beyond character development, this 2nd to-be-continued novel does little to expand Schwab's universe of parallel worlds unbalanced in magic. I would caution parents of self-harming children that this series does contain scenes where cutting is depicted as a powerful source of magic. A little too much of the plot and motives in this novel are contrived and predictable, but I enjoyed reading it more than many other books lately. For fans of the Delilah Bard character, I would recommend The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.

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Jul 10, 2017

If you're looking for a spell binding fantasy series, then this is the book/series for you.

Kell and Rhy are struggling to figure out how to live with their new bond. Kell acts like he's walking on glass, while Rhy can't kick his rebellious habits. In fact, they get worse.
Lila has been having adventures of her own. After getting a spot on a ship, she practices her own magical skills in her spare time.
Rhy planning the elemental games, a show of magical and politics. It brings together all three kingdoms in Arnes. But is it enough to bring three friends back together?
Full of magic, suspense, new and old lovers, and mystery, this truly is a magical book.

Jul 06, 2016

As life moves on in Red and Grey London, we find what has become of Lila, Kell, Rhy and get more background and deeper development on previously mentioned Alucard, Ned, and Holland. Will other Londons return to the landscape? Be warned, there is a cliffhanger!


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