A Gathering of Shadows

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? Gathering of Shadows picks up four months after A Darker Shade of Magic. The version of London known as Red London—named for the crimson hue of the River Thames—prepares to host the extravagant Element Games. Magicians from London and neighboring countries battle for supremacy and bragging rights. Meanwhile, Kell finds himself haunted by the events of the first book. Lila joins a pirate crew as a master thief, but is soon drawn back to Kell. As Kell and Lila circle each other, a power awakens in White London—one previously thought lost forever.

Schwab has done it again. A Gathering of Shadows captures the spirit of the first book and ratchets everything up to 11. Lila’s character is fascinating to follow. She’s one of the few whose traveled across the worlds and finds herself in a strange world filled with magic and wonder. What does she do? She steals, she kills, and she thirsts for power. Tensions mount between Kell and Lila as both enter the Games in disguise, adding a lovely touch of suspense. Overall, the story follows characters bound by loyalty, honor, duty, magic, and above all else, love. Pick this title up—and the first book—you won’t regret it.

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Author V. E. Schwab
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 512 pages
Publisher Tor Books
Publish Date 23-Feb-2016
ISBN 9780765376473
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Issue April 2016
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy
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