A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab {Stephanie’s Review}

Posted December 9th, 2020 by in *Review / 6 comments

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab {Stephanie’s Review}A Darker Shade of Magic #1 by V.E. Schwab
Also by this author: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
Series: Shades of Magic #1
Published by Tor
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 401
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Read in: October 2020
Reading Challenges: 2020 GoodReads, COYER
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads

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, traveling 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. - via GoodReads

4 Stars

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab was another October COYER book club selection. It is also another book that has been in my TBR for awhile. It is also a book that I’ve avoided due to the devotion for and the hype that surrounds the series.

I think Schwab did a fantastic job with parallel universes without making it too difficult to follow. I liked that the magic made sense. There were rules to their magic and limitations. Those rules weren’t hard to keep straight either. It did start off kind of slow as the world needed to be established. Once everything was established events really started rolling. There always seemed to be something just outside of the scope of the story to keep me hooked.

I really liked Kell and Lila. I thought they clashed just enough to keep things interesting but they weren’t annoying. I have thoughts where Lila is concerned. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters surrounding both Kell and Lila. The Grey London barkeep particularly pulled on my heartstrings. There really weren’t a lot of extraneous characters and I think that works because there’s so much going on in the plot.

I’m glad I finally read A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. I plan on continuing the series some time in the New Year.


Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

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6 Responses to “A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab {Stephanie’s Review}”

    • Stephanie

      I will make sure to have them on hand before I continue! Lol I love cliffhangers but hate them if I have to wait too long for the follow up.

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