A Gathering Of Shadows

A Gathering Of Shadows - Victoria Schwab I thought the first book ended with a stronger climax. Which is, of course, the usual issue with middle books in a trilogy; they end right at the dark point so there's not much emotional payoff and all the best stuff is held over for the last book, so all you have are questions and angst. Interesting ideas being played with here, but I didn't really enjoy the read, and I'm not a fan of the tournament as a literary device in general, finding it tedious. The world-building, now including multiple fantasy races and languages, continues to be first rate. Characterization continues to be complex, if a little predictable. Significant cliffhanger ending; plan to have book 3 on hand to avoid frustration!