Sequel to A Darker Shade of magic. Don’t read the review if you haven’t read the first book.
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.
That ENDING! I know I’m weird for starting this review with the end but it blew my mind and I want the next book NOW!
This book was a lot of things but mainly it was better than ADSOM and that’s saying a lot since I really enjoyed that book too. And even if you had some problems with that book or found some flaws, you’ll still enjoy this one.
From the very start I was engrossed in the book, Lila being a carefree spirit and upon a pirate/privateer ship. Her life is so interesting. I wanna be her. You go, girl!
And the bond between Rhy and Kell. We know they’re like brothers but having your life joined with another person can get annoying especially if one person is as open as the Prince and the other a stiff Super-powerful magician. I could feel Kell suffocating with all the burden of another life on him. Poor Kell, he deserves a break.
There’s a magic tournament going on , kind of tension between characters, the brewing romance in the air and not to mention the MAIN Plot that threatens to unravel at any moment.
Holy hell, what a ride.
“He wasn’t coming to pay your debt. He was coming to see if you’d returned to pay it yourself.”
I ship Kell and Lila and there’s another couple( kinda) in the book that I’m Shipping too but No Spoilers! You gotta find that yourself.
Reading this book was super fun and even though I took my time with this, I appreciate it.
Except for that cliffhanger! There’s never a good reason for a cliffhanger except that it makes you want the next book even more but I guess that’s the point. But then, you need to release the book soon. I hate waiting. Ugh, publishers, you hear that? That’s my mind Exploding because I’m wondering what happens next.
Love, Alex 🙂