The adventure continues, with the focus swinging to more of Lila’s perspective, in this fast paced adventure. I really enjoy Ms. Schwab’s writing style and she has nicely laid out the cliff hanger ending so that it does not feel so much like a cliff, but a hand, beckoning for you to read book #3, which I will be only so pleased to do! 5 stars all the way around. Be good to my man Kell in book 3! Loving the London parallel universe aspect, keep up the good work!
“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… in V.E. Schwab’s A Gathering of Shadows.”- courtesy of Amazon.
** My review of A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab **
The adventure continues, with the focus swinging to more of Lila’s perspective, in this fast paced adventure. I really enjoy Ms. Schwab’s writing style and she has nicely laid out the cliff hanger ending so that it does not feel so much like a cliff, but a hand beckoning for you to read book #3, which I will be only so pleased to do! 5 stars all the way around. Be good to my man Kell in book 3!
Kadence Sparrow wasn’t born a devil’s child—she was turned into one. Now, she’s hiding from the truth, and running for her life.
For years, Kade’s true nature has lurked behind an illusion, so when her dad gets another job transfer, she knows the drill: no close friends, no boyfriends, and most importantly: don’t expose what she is. Ever. Keeping secrets is easy. Lies are second nature. So is the loneliness—and the fear, but when the Shadows attack, and Kade meets Cole Spires, she could expose everything she’s trying to hide.
As one of the Celestial Children, Cole lives by an oath: defend the Ward, protect the Primordial race, guard the gateways, and stick to his own. Everything else is a distraction, and besides, he’s lost enough. Cole’s job is clear, and no one his age does it better. So, when he meets Kade in a club downtown, he assumes she just wants his attention. Most girls do, but Cole soon realizes … Kade isn’t like most girls.
The children of heaven and hell are living among us, fighting an age-old war. And falling for someone from the opposition is not an option. But a chance encounter between Kade and Cole will blur the rules, as Kade’s journey to keep her truth hidden catapults them together and into a web of lies, forcing her to not only face the demon inside her, but to answer the hardest question of all.
Which is thicker—blood or water?
My Review: Crystallum grabbed my interest from the beginning and didn’t let me go.
I felt that the premise was reminiscent of the Twilight Series, but without the “Bella whining” that annoyed me about that series.
The female lead, Kadence is a strong female character with believable magic that moves through a wonderful developmental arc. The twist ending is solid and satisfying.
This is an engaging YA fantasy, and I would have no problem recommending it to that age group. I look forward to book two, from Laney! Well done!