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Book Review – A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E Schwab

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, travelling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand. After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

About the Book

No. of Pages :- 384
Date Published :- 24/02/2015
Publisher :- Titan Books
Genre:- Fantasy
Format:- Paperback/Ebook

My Rating:- 4/5

A Darker Shade Of Magic is a prime example of giving books a second chance. I really wanted to read VE Schwab and a friend lent me her copy of the book. I used to see my friends on Twitter talk about her books all the time and wanted to know what was so great about it. I was never a fan of “Fantasy” and I guess that is why when I initially started reading it I lost interest and the book slowly made its way into my DNF pile.

A couple of weeks ago I put up a Twitter poll asking my followers to help me choose my next read. A Darker Shade Of Magic won with a massive lead and I decided to try reading it once again. I do not regret picking up this book for a second time. I loved every bit of it. It did start off a bit slow for me but towards the end it gained pace and I couldn’t put this book down.

A brilliant fast paced adventure that is full of magic. Her writing style is beautiful and very descriptive. I absolutely loved the world building. Her concept of there being multiple cities in different worlds, each sharing a name but nothing else intrigued me. Grey London is dull and dreary, Red London felt like home with everything in balance and White London gave me goosebumps (not the nice kind).

Coming to the main characters, I loved the friendship that formed between Kell and Lila(Delilah). Kell is full of life and magic that made you want things to end well for him. Kell is also a master of style, who wouldn’t want a coat like his? Lila is my favorite character from the book. She is strong, sassy, witty and brave. She faced everything that came for her when others would rather run away.

A Darker Shade Of Magic is a story of friendship, brotherly bond, family and love. It shows us that too much power is not good. That power can corrupt the soul. That darkness without a light to control it, to balance it, snuffs out whatever light is left. It is a story of balance.

A Darker Shade Of Magic is part one of the Shades of Magic series and I really cannot wait to know more. Will I be picking up the rest of the series? Definitely! Would I recommend this book to others? YES! If you love fantasy and are looking for a new read I would really suggest you give this book a try.

About the Author

Victoria E Schwab is an American fantasy author. She is best known for her works like Vicious and the Shades of Magic series.

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Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V E Schwab

2 Comments

  • Blind Thought

    I don’t know about this book. I read it and while I did enjoy most of it I didn’t find it super compelling. Maybe it was the hype around the book that put me off because I was expecting something that would blow me away and it didn’t. Maybe I read too much fantasy and need to chill out. But overall, even though it was a fun read I don’t think I’ll ever get around to reading the rest of the series.

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