Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

A weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine

This is about the second book in a series so beware of spoilers! (Like in the synopsis). If you haven't read ADSOM do it and come back. Here's my review to encourage you - READ IT

Title: A Gathering of Shadows
Series: A Darker Shade of Magic #2
Author: V.E. Schwab
Published: February 23, 2015 by Tor (Macmillan)

Synopsis: Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like 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.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.

Why I'm Waiting 

I was originally planning on doing a different book for today's WoW but then I got my postcards from the pre-order contest for A Gathering of Shadows so I was had to push this up in the plan because, wow I am so excited about this book. So far A Darker Shade of Magic is my favorite read of 2015 [MY REVIEW]. And there is some serious competition for that spot. But despite having read ADSOM in February I can't help but still gush about how amazing it is. It is one of the most creative fantasies I have read in a long time.

One of the things I loved about ADSOM and I'm excited for this book is the characters. I seriously cannot explain how much I love Lila Bard and how excited I am to see her develop in this book. I want to see Lila as a pirate but I also want to see other magically related things. Plus Kell and Rhys and the new characters. And the shipping you guys. I love them all.

But the best part of this series is the world building. Four different Londons with very different views and experiences with magic. Plus, did you read the synopsis? BLACK LONDON IS BACK! This is going to get dark and epic and amazing. I can't wait.

What about you? What are you waiting for this Wednesday? Have you read A Darker Shade of Magic? Are you waiting on A Gathering of Shadows along with me? Leave me a comment with your thoughts. Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY READING!


  1. I haven't started this series yet, but it sounds really good! I can't wait to start it!

    Lizzie @

  2. YES to all the reasons you listed, can't wait for this to come out!

  3. I also got my postcards todayyyy!!! SO EXCITEEEED!! *MAKES ALL THE GRABBY HANDS FOR AGOS*

  4. Nice! Hear good things about this one!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)