A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Title: A Darker Shade of Magic
Author: V.E. Schwab
Publication Date: February 24th 2015 by Tor Books
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Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped.

I really enjoyed reading this book. This is one of my most anticipated reads of this year. A few months ago, I was able to snag off a sampler galley on Netgalley. WORST. DECISION. EVER.

After reading the sneak peek chapters, I couldn’t get it off my mind. It was so mindblowing and the world-building was amazing. So when I heard there’s going to be a book tour for this, I immediately signed up.

Hesitation is the death of advantage.

It’s not always that I pick up fantasy books, but when I do, I end up loving it! A Darker Shade of Magic is full of action and twists. The world-building was astonishing. The idea of having four Londons and having travelers going in and out of them is unique.

The characters are well-written. I really loved Kell and Lila’s character. They’re both strong and independent. I quite enjoyed the subtle chemistry between them. What I really loved was the fact that the romance didn’t get in the way of the story and their character developments.

I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.

I finished the book in about two days because I seriously couldn’t put it down. I just had to because of school but still, I kept on sneaking a fee pages to read. Haha!

I am very much impressed by Schwab’s writing style! The story is very refreshing and enjoyable to read. I’m definitely be convincing myself to wait until next year for the sequel so I’m most probably be just going to check out her other works.


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5 comments / Add your comment below

    1. Don’t make the same mistake I made. Don’t read the sampler! Just go for a finished copy! Haha

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