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A Gathering of Shadows

(Shades of Magic #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  155,875 ratings  ·  20,285 reviews
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
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published February 23rd 2016 by Tor Books
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I'd like to propose a contender for the worst feeling in the world: going into a book with 100% certainty you’ll like it, and then that confidence slowlyyyyy - almost imperceptibly - fading into hatred. Especially when the average rating of said book is a four-point-f*cking-three-five.

But I can’t not hate this book. So much of this is nightmare scenario after nightmare scenario wrapped into one misleading synopsis. I was, quite frankly, SHOCKED by how quic
May 28, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It’s unbelievable how I started this book with the lowest possible expectation and it still managed to disappoint me. I know this is a beloved book in the YA community, you might wanna stay away from reading this review if you’re easily offended. Seriously stay away.

I think it’s better for me to start off with the parts I like about the book first, there’s only a few anyway. First, Holland, every single appearance from him made the plot and the book so much better, despite his appearance being r
Emily May
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, fantasy, 2016
Delilah Bard had a way of finding trouble.

I just love everything about this world. Read it in a single day and I cannot wait for the next book.

I think I'm a bit of an unintentionally picky reader when it comes to fantasy. A lot of YA fantasy is heavy on the romance and low on the substance, which irks me, but I don't take much pleasure in overlong, dense, wordy adult fantasy series either. I want exciting world-building, strong characters and good pacing that doesn't sacrifice depth. And I f
Victoria Schwab
“I know where you sleep, Bard.”
She smirked. “Then you know I sleep with knives.”


It's hard to believe that A GATHERING OF SHADOWS comes out in less than three months!!!
Miranda Reads
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook

Seven of my favorite Bookish Villains in one BookTube Video!
The Written Review

She bent most of the rules. She broke the rest.
There are four Londons, layered on top of each other, each existing without knowing of the other.

Black London - wild, untamed magic. All-consuming madness.
White London - crippled, desperate, hungry magic. Slowly dying.
Red London - vibrant, thriving, full of magic
Grey London - the "boring" London, no magic, no spark, no nothing.

Each world is sealed though
This is one of the most ridiculous books I've ever read.

A Gathering of Shadows picks up where ADSOM left off. Lila is learning how to be a pirate and Kell is being angsty. Lila is still telling herself how speshul she is, and Kell is still frowning. Does he ever stop frowning? No.

A tournament called the Essen Tasch, or Element Games, is due to start soon. Lila and Kell decide that they want to participate, so they pretend to be other contestants so they can infiltrate the tournament.

Why thoug
Hannah Azerang
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My spoiler discussion is now up on my channel!:

Kai Spellmeier
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The prince shrugged. “Who needs magic when you look this good?”

This book set fire to my feelings and shattered my mind. Tore my heart into pieces and stole my soul.
I am officially and utterly dead.

Victoria Schwab worked her magic like a genius. This book was flawless, from start to finish. From cover to characters, from plot to setting, from language to imagination. And while I thought A Darker Shade of Magic was amazing, it was only the tip of the iceberg. Nothing can compare to A Gathering of
Ashley Nuckles
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Simultaneously laughing and crying. Can I give this book more than five stars? Because it deserves at least forty.

Reread December 2019: a much slower beginning than I remember but I flew through the end. I feel like the first time I focused on Kell and Lila so much, so this time around I can surely say that Alucard is the best thing to ever happen and also Rhy is a worrisome sweetheart who makes me want to cry every single time I read his POV. Best ending to a book ever tho lol like hell ya
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

4.5 stars

Authors of series like to do this thing where they give you a first installment that while, of course, leaving unanswered questions, still manages to conclude nice and neatly.

You can't wait to get your hands on the next book, but only b/c you love the story and are desperate to see what happens next.

You feel safe when you finally get the next chapter.

The tension that plagued you while reading the prior installment, coming ever closer as you neared the end, like
Elle (ellexamines)
“You tried to seduce me, for information.”
“You can’t hold that against me forever.”
“It was last night.”

Alternate Title: mecrying.mp3

Kell is such an infinitely relatable bitter asshole of a character. He's a bit morally imperfect and he's so infinitely lovable.

Lila is completely bitter and can be reckless, but she's such a consistent character and I genuinely love her so. so. much. Please read this essay talking about Lila Bard and narrative agency it's smar
destiny ♡ howling libraries
#1 A Darker Shade of Magic ★★★★★
#2 A Gathering of Shadows ★★★★★
#3 A Conjuring of Light ★★★★★

I cannot believe that I waited nearly a year between the first book and this one, but here we are, and now I’m convinced that Victoria sacrificed an unhealthy number of virgins for her writing skills, because this series is absolute magnificence. I loved A Darker Shade of Magic so much that I was nervous to see if the second book would hold up, but let me tell you, it absolutely did, and now I am both h
Ben Alderson
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm crying
i need the next book..
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
okay. i knew this was going to be good, but i didnt expect it to be that good. oh sanct, that ending. im giving this five stars for the last 100 pages alone - my heart is RACING. and im beyond happy the third book is already out because i dont know how people managed to be patient enough to wait.

so where i thought the first book excelled in its world building by introducing the four different londons and their histories, i found the sequel gave amazing insight into the characters, more of their
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I got to read more of the bad arsed, Lila Bard and Kell and Rhy! Yay!

I loved the beginning of this book with Lila. People for me, this was the best part of the book with what all Lila did to that crew! Holy crow!

I am Delilah Bard, she though 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. And a ship full of men cannot do what I can, I don't need any of
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

*laughs hysterically*

*choking sound*

Why, thank you, Victoria Schwab. Please don't mind my heart.

No, really. Feel free to crush it. I don't do holding grudges.


4.5 stars . Truth is, when I started A Gathering of Shadows, one of my best friend asked me if I thought she would like, and strangely, I wasn't able to answer straight away. Color me surprised. How comes this series holds such a strong grip on me and still I am hesitating when recommending it? I understood, then. These books? Th
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' best fantasy category 2016!

Lila shrugged. "Everyone's immortal until they're not."

this is one of those crossover dealies that isn't marketed (or priced, unfortunately) as YA, but there's no reason for it not to be in the YA section, from a reader perspective. from the publisher's perspective, obviously it's always better when you can set your cover price in the ten bucks higher adult-market range, but since this is such a pretty book, i'm okay with tha
Claudia Ramírez
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it



Lila, you must save them all.

4,5 stars.
Aug 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, on-app, ya
If you think I'm obsessed with this series...yeah, you're absolutely right.
I am.
And I regret nothing.

4.25/5 ⭐
“Everyone’s immortal until they’re not.”

Okay hear me out, I loved this book but it definitely had the middle book syndrome.

As always, Schwab’s books – even when they are in a series – have the same theme and characters, but they have different vibes. And this is something a love about her works.

It could be the same thing said thre
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 - Barely anything happened in this book. There didn't need to be a full book to set up the little bit that happened at the end. 2.5 stars because it's neutral. Not horrible (I liked the new characters) but it felt like a waste mostly. Video review to come. ...more
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
I’m on BookTube now! =)

”People could only hurt you if you cared enough to let them.”

I think this quote describes the vibe of the book in a nutshell. “A Gathering of Shadows” is all about the characters and their strong feelings for each other. Sometimes those feelings get in the way and make it impossible to grow and to be who they truly are and sometimes those feelings help them to realize what is important. At times to read this book felt like you’re staunching a wound and no matter what you
Drcong O '
Edit: oh my god what the fuck was I thinking a year ago writing this review. I have issues




I’m not even kidding when I say this book pissed me off to the point where I physically felt the need to rip the goddamn fucking pages and fucking burn them and throw this fucking book out the goddamn window with every ounce of strength I've fucking got. I !! was !! so !! fucking !! piss
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
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 ou
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
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“Kell would say it was impossible. What a useless word, in a world with magic.”

🌟 I respect Schwab’s ability to excel in all components of the stories in her books. This Savage Song had a great plot, Vicious was all about the characters, City of Ghosts is an all round book for younger readers and this series has amazing world-building.

🌟 After enjoying the first book and everyone hyping this book for me and saying it ge
the burning dreamer.

Remember when I called A Darker Shade of Magic a slow-burner? HA. Well. This one just burns you alive and makes you enjoy every fiery second of it. WHAT A RIDE.

I'm far too impatient to get on with the next book, so here's a random assortment of my thoughts and feelings on this glorious work of new adult literature...

(((kindasorta spoilers incoming)))

Things I thought I wouldn't like:

Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
So the 1st book, A Darker Shade of Magic, didn't blow me away. I liked it, but I just didn't quite love it.
Interested, but not invested.
Which means I didn't rush out to grab a copy of this one, because I just wasn't sure how excited I actually was to read it.


However, my trepidation was unwarranted. A Gathering of Shadows was so much better than I expected it to be! There was this whole connection to the characters that (I felt) was missing from the 1st book, and this time around the author made
2.5 Stars.

My initial thoughts going into this book... I quite liked A Darker Shade of Magic, well this is now 508 pages, this is going to be long, but it has a 4.32 average on goodreads so it must be good right?! Oh you fool Beth.

Where do I even begin with this? If you love this book I’d suggest you don’t read this because I honestly couldn’t stand it. I don’t think I’ve been so let down by a second book in a series since Glass Sword, and we all know how that went. I just don’t understand how it
Always Pouting
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found the second book to be better than the first honestly, it's pacing was a lot better and the tension built all way to the end so that I felt like bursting when I finished the book and it left off where it did. Also I really liked seeing Lila soften up a little and get a less controlled version of Kell. I know there's been a lot of hype around the books so people end up not liking it as much because of their expectations but I think if you go into without expectations I think it makes it wa ...more
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
** 5+++ "I’M OBSESSED AND IN AWE" !! stars **

It’s official, this series now has a hold on me and it won’t let go. I’m in love with the writing, the world and the characters ! This series has definitely made it to the top of my all-time favorite series with this second installment ! It’s been a while since I absolutely loved everything about a series or felt so invested, but I have to say these books gave me everything I’m looking for when I read a book !
First off, let’s be honest, this second i
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
*screeches and runs to Amazon to order ACoL IMMEDIATELY*
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V.E. Schwab is the author of more than 20 books for children, teens, and adults.

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