A Gathering of Shadows: A Novel (Shades of Magic, 2)

From #1 New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab

"Addictive and immersive, A Gathering of Shadows cements this series as a must-read." --Entertainment Weekly, grade A

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 t...show more


528 pages

Average rating: 8.3




Community Reviews

Mar 23, 2024
8/10 stars
3 stars for the first half of the book and 4 stars for the second, but despite that averaging out to 3.5 stars, I'm going to give this book an overall 4 stars because of how ramped up it got in the second half and how much better it was. Once it found its groove, it really got 100% better.

It took me two tries to read this book. The first time, I gave up like halfway through and the second time, I got stalled for months around the same point. Th...read more
Aug 14, 2023
9/10 stars
**4.5⭐️** I’m glad Lila got her own storyline in this book, but she can be a really terrible person. It’s hard to fault her because of her life up until this point, but she is constantly dragging others down with her. She’s selfish and impulsive and I hope to see growth in the final book. I absolutely adore Alucard Emery, and he makes a great match with Rhy. No wonder Kell hates him so much. I loved the action of the Essan Tasche and getting...read more
Jun 09, 2023
10/10 stars
This series is just SO good. I really enjoyed this one, and while it took me a bit longer to read than the first I think I may have enjoyed the plot of this one more. I need the 3rd book ASAP!
E Clou
May 10, 2023
6/10 stars
This book was extremely bloated. The story would have been interesting if it had been much shorter.

The first half is just Lila moping around on a pirate ship for no particular reason and Kell moping around London because his life is boring and careful because it’s tied to Rhy’s life.

The second half could have been a more interesting magical competition but it is still bloated with a ton of filler.
Apr 07, 2023
8/10 stars
Four years after reading the first of the series I dived right back in. It’s a completely different world of four realms each with a different relationship with magic. I needed a bit of an escape and this provided exactly that. I think it’s essentially young adult fiction so take that as you will but gosh it’s evocative, easy to read and just fun.

I love Lila, the sassy strong absolute badass female lead. The two mysterious male counterparts make...read more

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