Best Fantasy Book for February 2016

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TITLE: A Gathering of Shadows

A Gathering of Shadows FinalSeries: A Darker Shade of Magic #2
Author: V.E. Schwab

A Gathering of Shadows is the second release in V.E. Schwab’s (amazing) crossover fantasy series, A Darker Shade of Magic, with the concluding book scheduled for publication in 2017.

Shadows throws fans right back into the action with one of the most fun opening chapters of all time, picking up four months after the closing events of Book #1 and containing just the right amount of recap to help readers rejoin the storyline.


Minor spoilers for those who did not read Book #1:

I don’t think anyone believed Holland was gone for good, but wow is he back in a big way……

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From the Publisher:
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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