I know you've probably been hearing a lot about this series, and how amazing it is, and how the world-building is incredible and the characters are awesome and blah, blah, blah. But I'm here to tell you to think twice before starting these books. Here are 8 reasons you may want to steer clear.
1. You're going to want a magic coat that changes every time you flip it around and you can't have one.
This is just going to make you sad, thinking about all the space you could save in your closet, and all the things you could hide from other people in your magic coat pockets. Who needs that?
2. All the other covers on your shelf will be jealous, because . . .
3. Delilah Bard kicks a** and it might give you ideas about girls ruling the world and stuff.
See? Look at Schwab dressed all devilishly like Lila . . . and now she's taking over the publishing world! WHAT NEXT, LADIES? What. Next.
4. Kell gets to go to four different Londons, and I haven't even been to one. #Nofair.
I feel like you don't really care about this, but you should. What kind of world is this where I want something and don't get it? And then an author just gets to shove it in my face? SMH
(Feel free to send money to remedy this to SendAndyeToLondon@gmail.com)
5. Lila Bard steals the show from all the other characters.
Yeah, you can say I should expect this. She is an actual thief after all. But, hello? What about poor Kell? He was all, "This book is about me!" then Lila comes in and is like, "Nah, son. I just plucked this story right out of your secret magic coat pocket that you thought no one could get into, and made it mine. And, PS? You're gonna love me for it."
6. The sequel is just as good as book one.
Ok, you may think this is a good thing, but if you think about it, you'll see it's actually really cruel. I mean, if you like the first book in the series, but the second book sucks, you won't want to pull your hair out because you have to wait a year for the conclusion. BUT, if you love the second book, you'll spend the next year pacing the floor, checking every five seconds for updates on the cover, release, and any other info you can get your hands on! Does that sound like fun? I argue that it does not.
7. You will fall in love with characters and then bad things will happen and you will cry.
Victoria Schwab is not a nice person, ya'll. Well, I mean, she is. But you'd never know it from reading her books. And I'm pretty sure she has even more evil things planned. I think that sweet demeanor is just one giant deception. Rude.
8. Your fingers will be sore from the CLIFFS YOU ARE LEFT HANGING FROM.
Me when I finished A Gathering of Shadows
Ok, admittedly this series is freaking awesome, and Victoria Schwab is a writing JEDI, but clearly getting into these books is only going to bring you pain. And then everyone will start asking you why you're begging for more. It just makes things difficult and awkward. So heed my advice, and stay far, far away.
If you're still determined to read this series after I have warned you, I highly recommend the audiobook for A Gathering of Shadows. There are two readers, and they both do an incredible job.
by V. E. (Victoria) Schwab
Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 16 hours and 9 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Publisher: Macmillan Audio | Tor (hardcover)
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A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC
Description of A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC
STEP INTO A UNIVERSE OF DARING ADVENTURE, THRILLING POWER, AND MULTIPLE LONDONS.
Kell is one of the last Travelers-magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes, connected by one magical city.
There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad king-George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered-and where Kell was raised alongside Rhys Maresh, the rougish heir to a flourishing empire. White London-a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.
Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. It's a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive.