A Gathering of Shadows by Victoria Schwab
Published February 23rd 2016 by Tor Books
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
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 perfect, because I knew there was a sequel coming out.) And I’m not gonna lie… I wanted a spark between Kell and Lila. Sorry not sorry.
This book took the story to a new level. I mean- I was totally mind blown.
There are so many good points to hit on. Action. Magic. Pirates. Balls. Masks. Competitions. Serious chemistry. Yes you read that right. Chemistry.
AND DONT EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE FEELS. DONT EVEN.
Just to break it down a little bit though…
Lila = Extreme badass extraordinaire. Heavens I love this girl.
Kell = Pretty much a saint. I can’t explain it.. he’s just wonderful, and tormented, and wonderful…
Alucard = I can’t pinpoint him, and I LOVE that.
Rhy = King of banter… and of aggravating the living shit out of Kell in the most wonderful ways
The villian who shall remain unnamed for now = BETCHA DIDNT SEE THAT COMING.
The characters are so beautifully woven together. The plot is absolutely fantastically and horribly unpredictable. Oh and the writing – oh it was superb. Beautiful in every way.
“Politics is a dance until the moment it becomes a war. And we control the music.”
Now I want to prepare you, my fellow readers. Lila and Kell are apart for a very good chunk of this book. BUT I PROMISE it is well worth the agony of seeing them apart. SO so so so so worth it. Just you wait. Plus, there are so many great moments in their separate paths before they reunite.
“I know it’s mad, but for a second I thought it was …”
“Saints, you’re seeing her in everyone and everything now, Kell? There’s a word for that.”
I refuse to discuss the ending right now. I refuse. But I promise you this- there are some very fulfilling moments before the ending.
Superb. New favorite series. Now go read it so we can talk about it more because I am not satisfied with only writing a blog post!