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Summary

From number one New York Times best-selling author V.E. Schwab comes the sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic - A Gathering of Shadows

Kell is plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, he is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila. 

As Red London prepares for the Element Games - an extravagant international competition of magic - a certain pirate ship draws closer. But another London is coming back to life, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning. 

Black London has risen again - and so to keep magic's balance, another London must fall. 

©2016 V. E. Schwab (P)2020 W. F. Howes

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"Addictive and immersive, A Gathering of Shadows cements this series as a must-read." (Entertainment Weekly

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Narrator is terrible, story is fantastic!

The first book was amazing, this book is also amazing but audible have used different voices on each reading. This wouldn’t be so bad if the female narrator in this book didn’t sound like a robot. Disappointing as it ruins the book at little.

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Disappointing performance

The story is good -not as good as the first one, but still interesting-.
The performance though is really frustrating. The female acting/narration is great but the male one is really bad. The male narrator is very monotonous and accents every sentence mid way and before commas making it sound like he is reading from a list....
Impossible to focus on the story and get into the feeling.
I'll probably just read the book.

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Great story, not too happy about the performance

Loved this second book, but I struggled a lot with the parts narrated by Kate Reading: I found her rhythmic cadence unpleasant as nearly every sentence is read in the same. It became quickly monotonous and redundant. Luckily it's less problematic towards the end of the book, as there are more dialogues in the parts she narrates, and the dialogues are not affected by this issue and sound more "alive" and not repetitive.

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A bit too long

Nothing really happens, found a book to be unnecessary long. Had hard time getting used to the male narrator.

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Excellent story but awful narration.

When I began listening to the first in the trilogy, I wasn’t sure it was for me but I very quickly became a devotee, despite Lila sounding like Eliza Doolittle. This story is also excellent, so good that I had to try and ignore the truly poor narration. I prefer one reader and the reason for that is abundantly clear in this case. Although I didn’t like the previous narrator, he was definitely a better choice than these two in this instance. I realise that the author is American but the story is set in London and the two readers English accents leave quite a lot to be desired. Even worse, some characters overlap and the voice characterisations of the two readers are totally different, with Michael Kramer frequently sounding like George Sanders in the 1940 version of Rebecca. Audible - please keep the same narrator for series. Moan over! This is an excellent trilogy, which I highly recommend. Off to download the last one.

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Love this world

What a cliffhanger?! I need more.
This was seriously too good to stop listening to. Great narration

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Hmmm...

If I could split this book into three. I'd keep the first and the last part and discard the middle. Too much filler and not enough action in the middle.

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  • 12-09-20

good writing, great narrating, OK story

It's well written, and it is set in an interesting world. The storyline is very predictable and - worse - there are many things that just make no sense and characters act in really cliche-type manners. Think main character storming off alone without informing allies into an obviously dangerous situation without any reason to do so.