My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
It 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.
And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life…
I know I’ve already asked this, but why didn’t I read this series sooner?!
Delilah Bard is an absolute delight. I love her sense of adventure, bravery, recklessness, and aversion to societal norms. She’s definitely my favorite character in the stories. Alucard was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting him to turn out to be the cut-throat, deceptive pirate type, but his character is actually quite charming and complex.
Both Kell and Rhy were different in this book. It was interesting to see their reactions to the events of the previous book. (I have to admit that while I liked Rhy a little better in this book, overall he still gets on my nerves.)
The games were a fun addition to the story, but I’m glad they weren’t overdone. I was a tad concerned that it was going to feel like The Hunger Games. The magic system and the different Londons still blow me away. The attention to detail and explanations are always spot on. Given how hard it is just to create one world, creating multiple versions of it is a rather impressive feat.
…I want to say so much more about this book, but I don’t want to ruin it for anyone.
A Gathering of Shadows was every bit as amazing as the A Darker Shade of Magic was. Filled with action, magic, and plot twists, Schwab makes it impossible to put these books down once you open them. I can’t wait to see what happens!