A Gathering of Shadows

Tor. Feb. 2016. 512p. ISBN 9780765376473. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765376497. FANTASY
OrangeReviewStarFormer smuggler, dimension traveler, and adopted prince of Red London, Kell struggles with his guilt over the events that resulted in his foster brother's wounds, the Grey London thief Delilah Bard's disappearance, the death of White London traveler Holland, and the dark magic stone found and lost back to its original dimension—Black London. Yet as Red London prepares for its international magic competition, the lost London is emerging from the shadows that consumed it. To keep magic in balance, the return of Black London means that another must fall.
VERDICT Schwab's picturesque and fascinating follow-up to A Darker Shade of Magic takes readers back to the worlds of alternate Londons, magic alive, dead, and resurrected, and characters who shine through all of their shadows. Fans of the first book won't be able to put this one down.
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