[Audiobook Talk] A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) by V. E. Schwab

Audiobook Details

Format: Hardcover & Audiobook
Source: Purchased & Library
Narrator: Michael Kramer & Kate Reading
Length: 16 hours 9 minutes
Read: March 2017

Shades of Magic series

  1. A Darker Shade of Magic
  2. A Gathering of Shadows
  3. A Conjuring of Light


It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London.

Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant 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.

And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.

My Thoughts

I was a little worried going into the second book of this series. I remembered lots from the first book and loved the first book, but then I read another V. E. Schwab book and wasn’t so sure about it. I had started reading this one a few months ago, got about 50 pages in and then put it down for a while – not because I didn’t like it, but because I just veered towards other books. I had remembered the library had the audiobook, so I got that and listened and it was great!

It’s funny because I don’t think a lot really happens in this book. It pretty much revolves around the competition and there’s not a lot of the London jumping that we got in the first book. However, I loved seeing all of my favourite characters again, Lila especially, and my dear, dear Kell. It was actually a lot of fun to listen to this one rather than read it because the narration was so good and the story was just so compelling that I had to keep listening. Even though there wasn’t a lot to the plot, it was just straight up enjoyable. And the (cliffhanger) ending? I can’t wait for the next book!

This series is a lot of fun and I’m happy to have bought copies of the books for my shelves – they’re gorgeous and so shelf worthy.

Audiobook Notes: 

I loved the audio for this book! I read the first one in physical format and had started this one in the hardcover, but for some reason I kept putting it down, so I got the audiobook to continue on. Apparently there were other narrators for the first book, so I can’t really compare the two, but these narrators were good. They weren’t the best, a little old for the story (especially Lila, who’s pretty young) but it worked for what I needed it to. It was a little weird listening to a book that takes place in four different Londons, and yet the characters had American accents. I will most definitely read the last book in physical format.

But don’t take my word for it … read some other reviews! 

Obsessive Book Nerd
Bedtime Bookworm
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My home is where my books are. - Ellen Thompson

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