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A Gathering of Shadows
A Gathering of Shadows: A Novel | V. E. Schwab
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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Sharv_Sona

“This is a bad idea,” said Kell
“The best kind,” said Rhy

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Do you know what makes you weak?
You never had to be strong.

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Magic is tangled, so you must be smooth.
Magic is wild, so you must be tame.
Magic is chaos, so you must be calm.

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Lila supposed it would be better not to slit the captain‘s throat in plain sight.
No, it could be done in private.

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Mysteries are always more exciting than truths.

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kaarnalaiva
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Mehso-so

I went into this book with high expectations because the first book in the trilogy was so good but it just didn‘t hit the mark for me. I was really quite bored until the last few chapters when things started to finally happen. But at least the ending made sure I‘ll have to read the third book too.

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Branwen
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Another beautiful day reading outside! 📚🍁🍂 I hope there are many more gorgeous fall days this month! 💕 I'm hoping to finish this today and move on to my reread of A Conjuring of Light next! After that, there's nothing left to do but wait for the first Threads of Power book to be published! 😭

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful!! I‘m always jealous of your reading spots!! 🍂🍁 2mo
Branwen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww thank you! 💕📚 I'm very lucky that the park is so big - I'm always finding new places to read! 🌿 2mo
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Branwen
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I forgot how much I love these characters! ❤️ Also, it's a little colder today, but still perfect outside reading weather! 🍁🍂📚

Ruthiella Those leaves 🍁 are the perfect color to accent the book. 😍 (edited) 2mo
Branwen @Ruthiella I didn't realize how perfect they looked until after I took the picture! 😄🍁 2mo
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Branwen
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It's actually pretty warm today! And lots of sunshine again! ☀️🌿 Still beautiful outside reading weather! 💕📚

tokorowilliamwallace We're actually getting cool weather in the evenings here in Florida since the hurricane. 2mo
Branwen @tokorowilliamwallace That's good to hear! 2mo
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Branwen
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Behold! Coldstone has a Halloween themed ice cream! 🎃🍁🖤 It's cake batter flavor (and colored black!), and filled with m&m's, kit kats, and Halloween Oreos! Plus the waffle cone is orange! HOW EPIC IS THIS?!?! 😱 It looks...kind of menacing in the picture, but I promise that it was in fact delicious! 😅 Eating this at the pavilion in town while reading was particularly blissful! 🎃

inthegreensandblues That ice cream looks amazing! But did it stain your teeth? 😆 2mo
ShyBookOwl 🎃🎃🎃 amazing! 2mo
Read-y_Picker That looks like something that I need. Right. Now. 🧟‍♀️🍦 2mo
Branwen @ShyBookOwl @Read-y_Picker It was really yummy! 🖤🍦 @inthegreensandblues It absolutely did! My tongue and teeth were black all day! It was monstrous and delightful! 😂 2mo
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Roary47
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Mehso-so

3✨The second book in the series did pretty well. Events in the first book caused two characters to be connected. This got pretty repetitive as the story went on. However, a game/ event similar to gladiators caused a lot of drama all around. Magic was learned and used in this battle game, and it made the story more exciting.

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Roary47
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I am almost done with the tagged book so my next audio while I clean for Easter is Beyonders. I may DNF the tales of ancient Egypt this month since I‘m finding no drive to pick it up. I started Dinoverse #4 yesterday and I‘m already two chapters in. 😍 @Andrew65 #weekendreading

Andrew65 Looks good plans. 8mo
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Roary47
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Didn‘t have a babysitter today so I cleaned some of the yard for Easter. Just let the girls play while I listened to the tagged book I managed to capture two ducks in the sun on this beautiful spring day. 💛😍

BethM Love it! 8mo
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Roary47
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I spent most of the day being mom to a sick cutie so now as a teacher I have to do my job. Setting up next weeks work so I can do my household duties tomorrow. Whew. Next week will be a nice quick week. 😊

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KristiAhlers
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Pickpick

Finished this today! I always worry a series is going to not deliver the longer the books go. This one kept the momentum and had me inhaling each page. So very good #readingchallenge2022

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Lovelylottereader
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Pickpick

I don‘t really know what to say about this book, to be honest I was wondering how, after the ending of the first book, the story with these AMAZING characters would continue. I have to say that I‘m far from disappointed and honestly quite speechless. I loved the fact that this book focused a lot more on the magic in the world and how the characters developed. I cannot wait to start reading the next book because I HAVE to know how it ends.
4.5⭐️

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She knew she should probably bow, kiss his hand, or swoon-at the very least explain what she was doing there, in the private palace halls, as close to the prison as anyone would let her-but instead she flicked her fingers, producing a small blade. “Who do I need to kill?”

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“Impossibility is a thing that begs to be disproven.”

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“A reminder.”
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“Of what?” asked Ister.
Lila took up the dagger hilts and slid them into her forearm plates. “That I‘m stronger than my odds.”

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He wanted to kiss her.
But she kissed him first.

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“Do you think you‘ll ever stop running?”
She tensed against him. “I don‘t know how.”
Kell‘s free hand drifted up her bare arm to the nape of her neck. He tipped his head and rested his forehead against hers.
“You could just…” he whispered, “stay.”
“Or you could go,” she countered, “with me.”

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Lovelylottereader

“The thing about freedom, Kell? It doesn‘t come naturally. Almost no one has it handed to them.”

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“Everyone thinks I have a death wish, you know? But I don‘t want to die-dying is easy. No, I want to live, but getting close to death is the only way to feel alive. And once you do, it makes you realize that everything you were doing before wasn‘t actually living. It was just making do.”

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Lovelylottereader

“Where have you been?”
Lila smirked. “Why, did you miss me?”
Kell opened his mouth. Closed it. Opened it again before finally managing to answer, “Yes.”

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Lovelylottereader

He opened his mouth, and Lila braced herself for an attack. But instead of yelling, Kell exhaled, held out his hand, and said, “Dance with me.”

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Lovelylottereader
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I have a bad feeling about this…

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Lovelylottereader

Then she had an idea.
A novel, dangerous idea, which was, of course, her favorite kind.

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If anyone was bullheaded enough to do something this stupid, this rash, this suicidal, it was the girl who‘d picked his pocket that night in Grey London, who‘d followed him through a door in the worlds-a door she should never have survived-and faced the black stone and the white royals and death itself with a sharpened smile.

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Lovelylottereader

It was the man she‘d fought beside in three different Londons. The one she‘d stolen from and threatened and saved. It was Kell.

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The last time he‘d felt this alive, someone was trying to kill him.

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Lovelylottereader

A person chose their path. Or they made a new one.

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Lovelylottereader

Even when the people grew thin and pale, even when they began to rot inside and out, even when they had no food, no strength, no power, the stories survived.

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Lovelylottereader

“I do not know why you two are circling each other like stars. It is not my cosmic dance. But I do know that you come asking after one another, when only a few strides and a handful of stairs divide you.”

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Lovelylottereader

If anyone could make the strange seem ordinary, the impossible look easy, it was Delilah Bard.

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“I‘m sorry.” He sounded so…earnest, which made Lila instantly suspicious. Alucard was many things, but genuine wasn‘t usually one of them.
“For growing on me?” She asked.
He shook his head. “For whatever happened to you. For whoever hurt you so deeply that you see things like friends and fondness as weapons instead of shields.”

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Lovelylottereader

“This is a bad idea,” said Kell, not because he expected to change Rhy‘s mind, but simply because it was his job to say it, so that later he could tell the king and queen he‘d tried.
“The best kind.”

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Lovelylottereader

What am I? One of a kind.

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Not all things grew in gardens.
Plenty of plants grew wild.
And Lila had always thought of herself more as a weed than a rose bush.

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Lovelylottereader

People survived by being cautious, but they got ahead by being bold.

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“Mysteries are always more exciting than truths.”

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“Don‘t you have enough knives?” He grumbled, his lip thrust forward in a pout.
Lila‘s smile sharpened. “No such thing.”

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Lovelylottereader

I am Delilah Bard, she thought as the ropes cut into her skin. I am a thief and a pirate and a traveler. I have set foot in three different words, and lived. I have shed the blood of royals and held magic in my hands. And a ship full of men cannot do what I can. I don‘t need any of you.
I am one of a damned kind.

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Lovelylottereader
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Aaaaah! I. Love. Her.

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damselsgotballs
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Book 42

Nutmegnc Such a good series!! Can‘t wait for the continuation!! 9mo
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kellyann28
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this book, although not as much as the first book. The beginning until the Games felt a little slow but that ending really packed a punch! I still love my cinnamon-roll Kell. He is being grossly mistreated!

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TheBiasedBibliophile
Mehso-so

This book, lost me a bit. Overall, I found it slow and tedious. I understand that the author essentially used the second book to better explain the magical system and for character development, but literally nothing happens until the last few chapters of the novel. The one positive of the second book, which kept me reading, was that Lila‘s character becomes more complex and you see a lot more of her personality compared to the first book.

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Jari-chan
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Surprisingly, I enjoyed the second book a lot more than I did the first one. If it wasn't for a random pick, I might wouldn't even have continued reading the trilogy. But now I'm hooked. I was emotionally fully involved, wanted to hit Lila several times, and to hug Kell really, really tight. Well, now I'm all up for the next volume!

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TheSpineView Way to go! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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