Yesterday I had the pleasure of traveling to Nashville to attend the launch for Victoria Scbwab’s newest book A Gathering of Shadows. It’s the sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic. I wasn’t sure if I was able to because the weather had been uncooperative all day and right when we started the drive out there it started pouring rain. Luckily it turned into a steady rain about thirty minutes into the drive.
I haven’t been able to attend one of Victoria’s event’s since the launch party for The Archived and I was so excited to make it out there.
Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.
In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like 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.
But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.
I loved getting to hear Victoria talk about her process for writing. As an aspiring author myself it’s always great to get advice from author’s that you admire and this was no different.
Someone in the audience asked what advice Victoria would give to people who want to be writers. One of the things she said was to make it to the end. I loved this advice because it is so true. You can’t do anything unless you get to the end. Once that happens you can go back and work on what you already have, you can spend the time to shape it and make it better. You can’t do any of that unless you already have the words on the page.
Another person asked her about world building and I loved her answer. This is something that I misunderstood until about a year ago and Victoria explained it so well. In the Shades of Magic world, it’s not the location or the physical geometry that makes the worlds so rich, it’s their relationship to the magic within them. That is such a fantastic way to build and create worlds. Too many people focus on other things when building worlds, I know I am guilty of focusing only on what something looks like instead of how something functions. The actual workings of the world are so much more important that what something looks like. Something can look pretty, but it’s not going to mean anything if it actually doesn’t work.
It was so cool getting to go to this event. The first time I got to see Victoria was 4.5 years ago when The Near Witch was released. I love that book so much! As as I was writing this I went back through my blog to get pictures from other times I’ve gotten to see Victoria. There are so many awesome things she has done for me that I totally forgot about! She was one of the very first interview’s I ever did for my website, The Near Witch was the very first giveaway I ever did. She also was the second blog tour that I ever organized! It was for the paperback release of The Near Witch (are you guys noticing the trend here? I love that book!) She took part in my first ever Birthday Bash post. I had to take time off from events during my last two years of college, but now that I’ve graduated I am back! And I am so happy that one of my first events after graduation was for Victoria Schwab’s A Gathering of Shadows
Yallfest also includes That time I hunted down cake pops for Victoria Schwab