Welcome to the Book Munchies’ stop on the A Gathering of Shadows blog tour! A Gathering of Shadows is the sequel to V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic, and we’re very thankful to be joining the tour for such a fantastic book. (If you haven’t read A Darker Shade of Magic yet, check out our review!)
Publisher: Tor Books (February 23, 2016)
Hardcover: 512 pages
Series: A Darker Shade of Magic #2
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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.
(Very) Brief Q&A
We were lucky enough to get to ask Ms. Schwab a question on this tour.
Question: You recently doubled down with your writing and grad school and managed to do a boss job at juggling them both. What advice would you give to someone also looking to go to grad school and still make time for creative pursuits, such as writing or art?
Answer: Honestly, I still don’t know how that happened, or rather, I know how I got myself into it, but not how I got myself OUT. In retrospect, that was touch and go, which isn’t to say I don’t recommend carving out time for things you love, but perhaps, aim for one book, not three. I did a similar thing, on a smaller scale, when I was an undergrad. My senior year, I was spending roughly 10-14 hours in studio (graphic design) and wanted to write a book. I really didn’t have the time, but as many people will tell you, you rarely find time, you have to make it. With that in mind, I checked out of my studio space for two hours every night, walked across the street to a coffee shop, got a cup of tea, and wrote. Some nights I managed 500 words. Other nights, I managed 2,000. But I did it, every night, because it was important to me. And while the situation with grad school was a bit more complicated, since those books were under contract, adding a measure of external pressure, and I was promoting the release of A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC simultaneously, the logic holds. You won’t find time. Make it.
V.E. SCHWAB‘s first adult novel, Vicious, debuted to critical praise and reader accolades. Schwab is the author of YA novels The Near Witch, The Archived, and The Unbound, and the Everyday Angel series for middle grade readers. veschwab.wordpress.com. @VESchwab. Facebook. Goodreads.
Anyone else feeling inspired to go out and create? I am. 😉 Also, be sure to stop by the other stops on the tour!
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