Hello everyone! Welcome to the Book Nook. Today we are going to be doing a review on A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. This is the second book to the A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy which I did read about a month or so ago (read my review here). I did give that book an average rating and I had hoped that the trilogy would get better. So…did it? Before we get started, I encourage you all to comment down below and tell me your thoughts. Also, make sure you are following the Book Nook on WordPress, Instagram and YouTube; that way you don’t miss any of my review in the future. So, without further ado, lets get into it.
It has been four months since Lilah Bard and Kell have traveled to White London in order to save the world from destruction. But now Lilah is back, just in time for the Elemental Games. While Lilah and Kell dance around their feelings for each other a known enemy is back and more powerful than ever.
My biggest issue with the last book was the writing style. There was a lot of over-explaining and purple prose but I think that’s just how Schwab writes and it’s something that I have to get use to. I do like the fact that we got some more POVs. I believe in the last book the book was from Lilah and Kell’s perspective and now we have a perspective from Rhy, the prince and Kell’s younger brother, as well as another character from White London. I liked how the book started off with Lilah’s POV this time. It opened up with Lilah performing some kind of scheme which was so on brand for her and the book did pick up once she returned to Red London. I think this book was better than the last because in the last book most of the action and the plot took place towards the end with a big showdown between Kell, Lilah and the antagonists. But in A Gathering of Shadows, because of the Elemental Games the stakes were higher and the plot became interesting the more we saw the participants competing with each other. In terms of romance, we do get to see some progression with Kell and Lilah’s relationship which I appreciate.
Overall, I did enjoy this book better the last. I did contemplate DNFing it because it was a little slow in the beginning but I’m glad I didn’t because it was an enjoyable read and I do have somewhat high hopes for the next installment. I didn’t want to give this book a 4/5 because although I enjoyed it I’m still waiting on that intensity, that shocking moment that I hope the next book can provide.
Overall, I give it a 3.5/5.
Until next time!