Whew, that was so good. It was good in the way where I didn’t want it to end. It was good in that, because I didn’t want it to end, I found myself hesitating to pick it up. I just knew those last chapters were going to be killer, and not only didn’t I want it to end, I also didn’t want anything to happen to either one of my darlings, Kell and Lila. I just knew it was going to be painful.
A Gathering of Shadows was structured very different from the first. It didn’t have a big villain they were fighting, or a adventure they were off on. It was more character building, I thought. It was about giving us a first hand glimpse of the life and relationships which built Kell into who he is. It was also about giving Rhy a voice, making us care for him, because he’s far more important to the story than you originally believed. And of course, it was also about strengthening our love for Lila. I didn’t think I could love her more, and then I did.
In addition, this second book gave us Alucard Emery. Captain Emery was definitely one of the best parts of A Gathering of Shadows. Not only was he an important character, one we weren’t even aware existed, but in his own right he was fearless and funny. He was the perfect person to befriend Lila, giving her that connection she lost in the first book. I’m seriously hoping he’s a strong presence in the last book, and please let him survive!
The very best part of A Gathering of Shadows was the development between Lila and Kell! I didn’t think this series would have much romance at all, so I was surprised and pleased when we were given something extra even if it was only a small part of the story. That was exactly what I needed to push the story over that much more. Honestly, I love fantasy but there’s really nothing I love more than a slowly drawn out love story. And this is beautiful.
I’m seriously scared about how everything will be resolved in A Conjuring of Light. I don’t want to lose any of these brilliant characters, and I have this really horrible feeling it’s going to shatter me into pieces.
If I don’t survive, remember me fondly.
They danced in silence for several long moments, spinning together and apart, a slower version of their cadence in the ring. And then, out of nowhere, Lila asked, “Why?”
“Why did you ask me to dance?”
He almost smiled. A ghost. A trick of the light. “So you couldn’t run away again before I said hello.”
“Hello,” said Lila.
“Hello,” said Kell.