A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Shwab

Gathering-of-Shadows_UKcover-400x586It 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.

Add it to your TBR here! Seriously add it now you won’t regret it.


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AHH THE WHOLE BOOK WAS BETTER THAN THE FIRST AND I THOUGHT THERE WAS ONLY 2 BOOKS AND GOT TO THE LAST 50 PAGES LIKE HOW ARE WE GOING TO WRAP THIS UP GUYS OH KNOW OH SHIT OH FUCK AND THAN I REALIZED I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL FEBRUARY TO GET MY HANDS ON THE LAST BOOK! WHAT IS THIS SORCERY!
Okay now we’ve got that out there wholly sancts this book was amazing. Pirates, magic competitions, royal affairs, balls, evilness, angst, new amazing characters, and MORE LILA AND SHES A PIRATE.

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This book had it all. Kell has gone stir crazy and feels like a prisoner in his own home, Lila has left the city and become a gosh darn pirate with a hat and everything and is being her usual self, scaring the crap out of anyone that comes near her. Rhy isn’t as carefree as the last book and has more angst and darkness to him now giving his personality a really contrasting edge and showing what surviving death has done to him. Alucard the captain of the Night Spire (Lila’s ship) is cunning and charming.

The storyline is deeper, the stakes are higher and the dialogue was just as good if not better then the first book:

“I am Delilah Bard, she thought, 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.”

I loved that we saw more or Kell and Rhy’s relationship, is it just me or does everyone love to annoy Kell? I know I love it when they do it 😄

“What brings you to my room?” he asked, relief bleeding into annoyance.
“Adventure. Intrigue. Brotherly concern. Or,” continued the prince lazily, “perhaps I’m just giving your mirror something to look at besides your constant pout.”
Kell frowned, and Rhy smiled. “Ah, there it is! That famous scowl.”

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All the character interactions are just so sweet and funny I just want to hold them and keep them safe and warm!

Oh and the SHIPS! No not the pirate ships the relationships! I have a spoilary section in my Goodreads review! 

As much as I love that romance takes a back seat and doesn’t over power the story I want more Kell and Lila time! They are my ultimate couple and I need them to live happily ever after, GIVE ME A HAPPY EVER AFTER V.E. SCHWAB!

5 out of 5 stars I just loved it all! 

Favorite quote: Lila’s song:

How do you know when the Sarows is coming?
(Is coming is coming is coming aboard)
When the wind dies away but still sings in your ears,
(In your ears in your head in your blood in your bones.)
When the current goes still but the ship, it drifts along,
(Drifts on drifts away drifts alone.)
When the moon and the stars all hide from the dark,
(For the dark is not empty at all at all.)
(For the dark is not empty at all.)
How do you know when the Sarows is coming?
(Is coming is coming is coming aboard)
Why you don’t and you don’t and you won’t see it coming,
(You won’t see it coming at all.)


Have you guys read this? I need it to be February so I can jump into this wonderful world again, I’m definitely re-reading this before I get my hands on the third book or maybe listening to the Audiobook 🙂 

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