I was hesitant to start reading A Gathering of Shadows by V E Schwab. Mainly, my fear was that the characters were going to suffer, as this happens to be a scary story in general. Listen, Schwab is not playing in this book either. Obviously, I will try to keep this review spoiler free.
Pirates and Thieves
Lila’s story line is just outstanding. I like that she’s not waiting around for someone to help introduce her to this London. Unlike normal people, Lila doesn’t simply exist. She thrives where-ever she goes. I admire her ability to always land on her feet.
Alucard Emery was such a refreshing, charming, heartbreaking man. He was scary sometimes, because, well, he broke some hearts here and there.
His relationship with Bard was the perfect balance between teacher, crush, and equal.
Kell and Rhy
If anything, this book further progresses the relationship between Kell and Rhy. Because of what happened at the end of book 1, things are no longer the same between them and their parents.
Part of me doesn’t really get the point of the tournament. I want them to lay low, but I also know that they’d go crazy that way.
The magic, the beauty and horror of it, came to life in this book through Kell and Lila. They face each other and their relationship is just so sweet.
There are moments where I absolutely hate Holland for having to rely on someone to be strong. It’s probably because I’d do what he does. I identify with him too much, and it makes me flinch from him sometimes.
Survival is something he’s good at, and I admire him for fighting on. Even if he makes Kell miserable.
But that cliffhanger was so not cool.
I’m picking up the third and final book SOON.