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

A Gathering of Shadows VE SchwabWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is A Gathering of Shadowsthe sequel to V.E. Schwab’s amazing A Darker Shade of Magic!

For those of you have not read ADSOM (and you should), the story centers around a blood magician and his multi-sided coat, a cross-dressing pirate and four different Londons: magic-less Grey London, flourishing Red London, war-torn White London and long lost Black London. For more information on ADSOM you can read our full review.

For the rest of you who are already caught up, A Gathering of Shadows hit physical stores, virtual shops and your retinas on February 23, 2016.

You can check out the full AGOS synopsis below, which WARNING, does include some spoilers for the first book.

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 extravagent 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-and so to keep magic’s balance, another London must fall.


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