A Gathering of Shadows || Finally Gathering Speed

“What a waste of life, to stand around and think so much on every little thing.”

 

Title: A Gathering of Shadows
Author: V.E. Schwab
Page Count: 512 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Tor Books
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Buy It: Chapters Indigo

 

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

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. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS

Have you ever experienced the following..

Reading a book and you love the concept and the idea of the characters but you’re frustrated because you dislike a particular character itself because they don’t seem authentic *cough Lila Bard cough*. There’s just something that bothers me about her and I’m trying to get over it.

One very problematic point I have with Lila is that Schwab frequently has her think or say “I’m not like other girls”. I understand the intent of this is to show the reader that Lila is different and unqiue but it really bothers me the way Schwab goes about. It actually ends up shaming those “other girls”. Women should lift one another up not trample over one another. I’ve had this discussion with other friends who have read the books and many have agreed that while reading it made them as a reader feel bad about themselves for identifying as “another girl”. But what does that even mean?? Do you see my issues with this.

I ended up enjoying this book more than the first one especially the end of the book! That thing that happens made me totally gasp! And now I’m worried for the characters and ahhh, I need to read book 3. I still can’t give it a full 5 stars because I was fairly frustrated with Lila and Schwab’s own issues that she clearly brings out in Lila’s character.

Still happy to be reading these though! The ideas and concepts and visualization are amazing. Schwab has an incredible imagination and a great story teller.

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