We are BEYOND excited to host today’s US stop in the A Gathering of Shadows blog tour here on Bookiemoji. Not only are we ardent fans of the author and her books (both YA and adult), but when we were offered the opportunity to be a part of this tour, who were we to say no? If someone offers you two dozen free donuts, do you say no?
This was like being offered a ten dozen free donuts.
I cannot recommend this series enough. You may recall my Make it a Movie post for A Darker Shade of Magic. So much praise for that book, guys. So much praise… A Gathering of Shadows picks up right where the first novel left off. This installment may be little more than a slow and steady buildup to what will likely be an explosive third book, but sometimes the journey is just as brilliant as the destination. Truly, woah… What a journey it is! The Elemental Games are hands-down the best part of the book… That is, until the ENDING. Oh myyy.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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 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.
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—meaning that another London must fall.
One Question. One Answer.
Are you a “method” writer?
In other words: How often does your world and the worlds of your stories, bleed together and in which way(s)?
Victoria’s Answer: I’m a method writer only in the extent that once I’m in a project, it’s actually very hard for me to extricate. I feel like I spend months with half my attention turned to the world around me, and half turned inward on the book, trying to keep the ideas up in the air, wondering over twists and turns and how to make it better. I lose swaths of time because I’ve got one foot caught in a world of my own making. I get first-draft insomnia, where I lie awake, my brain unable to disengage, notes floating in a constant stream up to the top of my mind.
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