The second book in the "Shades of Magic" series, A Gathering of Shadows, was published in late February, and I was finally able to check it out last week.
Don't you love it when the sequel completely fulfills the promise of the first book, which you already loved?
GREAT characters, both from the previous book (Kell, Delilah, Rhy) and from the current one (ooh, Alucard Emery!). Lila is still one of the best heroines out there--smart, fierce, and funny. The language is beautiful, with detailed and evocative descriptions, and the dialogue is sharp and snappy, with wonderfully snarky repartee. The world-building and spectacle continue. Stuff is happening behind the scenes that sets us up for the next book. And hey, you can't go wrong with pirates, nor with a magical tournament! Awesome.
Can't wait for the third. Have to, but can't. Go, V.S., go!
Editor's note: Burbank Public Library owns the first book in hardcover, audio, and e-book. The second book we have only as hardcover, but the e-book is on its way!