It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift – back into Black London.
Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as 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.
And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.
AHHH! Deep breath in, deep breath out!! WHAT AN ENDING. Okay, so I know V.E Shwab said it took 9 books for her to invoke the dreaded cliffhanger…but considering this is only my 2nd book by her, my phrase is “Why, why would you do this to me?!” but oh God was it perfect, heartbreakingly amazing.
All the relationships in this book! I’m so happy we get to see more of Rhy, and that we get to see more of Rhy and Kell’s bromance flourishing! Oh, the wit and the banter and the cute moments! Lila is awesome like always, and I just love her obsession with her knives. Lila is definitely one of my favourite female characters of all time. All her point of view chapters were amazing. Mr Alucard Emery…at first I was wary of this newcomer into this but gahhh, he was awesome too!
I’m also a fan of the scenes we get between Rhy and Lila. There’s something just so sweet about them, and I wish we could have more. But Kell and Lila though…all the build up to their reunion, and trust me, I was not disappointed!
This book is amazing. It’s definitely one of my favourite books I’ve read this year, if not THE favourite (it’s in good company with Six of Crows, Me Before You and Lady Midnight, and it’s predecessor A Darker Shade of Magic).
I loved seeing the way all of our characters have grown and changed, and we see how they are dealing with all the events that happened to them in the first novel and how they’re trying to move past that. The way Kell and Rhy try to look out to each other is both sweet, you can see how stifling and frustrating it can be for them, but they never blame each other for what happened to them.
I just really loved this book, and although it took me a while to read, that was mainly because I never wanted it to end! Ever! I’m now going to go and find out all I can about the 3rd book and wait impatiently for it to come out.
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