So I’m just going to say it and get it over with, I did not like this very much.. I’m even starting to think Schwab is no longer an author for me; I’ll explain why in my second post today. A Gathering of Shadows is the sequel to the action-packed A Darker Shade of Magic. We start the book a few months after A Darker Shade of Magic and we get to see what our characters have been up to since the end of the first book (Goodreads).
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Once we catch up on Kell, Rhys, and Lila a magical tournament starts. This whole book was the tournament that was entertaining at times, but meh overall. The characters were, as always, well fleshed out, intriguing, and beautifully flawed. I enjoyed getting to know Alucard and his history with Kell and Rhy, also his recent history with Lila. The book felt like the longest in-between book. We got some build up to the third and final book, alluding to more exciting things, but not enough to make this book as exciting as the first.
Lila was my favourite, unsurprisingly. I love that she’s not feminine or just a damsel in distress, but actually feels most comfortable in men’s clothing, and a total badass. She’s intelligent, cunning, and a wit that half the people surrounding her barely can keep up.
I appreciate that each person felt repercussions after what happened months ago in ADSOM. Each of them, Kell, Rhys, and Lila changed like they all have this new found darkest. Kell is restless and itching to fight anyone; Rhy is struggling to cope with what happened, surviving, and trying to become king one day. Where Lila has magic, could she always do magic or is this new after handling the stone in the first book? I can say with confidence no matter how she came into magical abilities she’s a powerful force to be reckon with.
As always, thanks for reading!
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