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A Darker Shade of Magic

Kell is one of the last Antarimagicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. Kell was raised in ArnesRed Londonand 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. ...

Title : A Darker Shade of Magic
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ISBN : 9780765376459
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 400 pages
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A Darker Shade of Magic Reviews

  • Saania Zee Jamal ϟ

    "As magis," I whisper, as I turn the final page to a close. More.

    Alright, so ignoring the fact that I completely just butchered their language with my google translate skills there (and the lack of any actual pages to be turned with my virtual copy), can I just say what a THRILL it was reading this book?

    V. E. Schwab's first installment of the trilogy opens doors -quite literally- to fascinating new worlds full of magic, mystery and mayhem. While more work may yet be done in further expanding thi
    ...more

  • Darth J

    An Overhyped Shade of Mediocre

    Before you jump down my throat, I didn’t hate this novel as much as I felt let down by it. Let me explain: it’s been hyped up everywhere and when that happens, expectations tend to run very high. Think back to when you were a kid and wanted something for your birthday so much and were so sure that you were going to get it; and even if you got plenty of nice things, the fact that you didn’t get the one thing you wanted made you disappointed. That’s the same feeling I
    ...more

  • sreeja

    I don’t know what I can say that hasn’t been said before. But in short, this is just perfect. Every page is magic and every scene has a purpose. The characters bring life into this book. The magic system and the writing style is unique and a breath of fresh air. VE Schwab’s writing style truly shines through and I loved every moment of this. Reading this book feels like stumbling into something wholly new and familiar at the same time. Reading this was an adventure with magic and drama. Reading ...more

  • Anne

    3.5 stars

    There was just something about this one that kept it from totally rocking, and I can't quite put my finger on what it was. It was good, just not (for me) great.

    Kinda dry maybe? Or I just didn't totally connect with the characters?

    Not sure.



    But it's still one of those books that I'm glad I read, and I'm actually really looking forward to reading more about this world/worlds that Schwab created.

    And I seriously mean that! There's something cool about this setting and these characters that

    ...more

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

    Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

    4.5 stars

    A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC is one of those books that I needed to reflect upon before reviewing.

    As far as I can tell this happens to me for one of two reasons:

    1. It was awful, but in a way that confounded me, either b/c it was an author whom I love and trust and WTH happened? Or b/c my issue(s) is nebulous and thus has to be dissected to determine the root of the problem.

    2. It was amazeballs, but in a way that confounded me, b/c SO MUCH CLEVER.

    This was a #2 situati

    The rich strutted around, assuming they'd be safe, so long as they stayed in the good parts of town. But Lila knew there were no good parts. Only smart parts and stupid parts, and she was quick enough to know which one to play.


    DO YOU SEE WHAT SHE DID THERE?! *head explodes b/c can't contain the awesome*

    That kind of brilliance is around every corner. That kind of brilliance is why, for the first time ever, I neither DNF-ed a book b/c characters I didn't connect with or lamented my decision to stick with it after the fact. And honestly, I have no idea what my problem was. I've already said that, yes, eventually, they began to tug my heartstrings, but why it took so long . . . ? It shall remain a mystery.

    But things like this:

    "I'm not going to die," she said. "Not till I've seen it."

    "Seen what?"

    Her smile widened. "Everything."


    were the turning point.

    Plot-wise, I'm not going to say anything, b/c the less you know, the better.

    As for world-building, take the things you think you know about magic systems and toss them out the window.

    When I first learned that one of the rulers of Red London had a special talent for controlling the will of others, I was like, "Well, that sucks," and when Kell walked up the fortress steps that were guarded by ten soldiers who were indeed controlled, I thought, "That is such a waste of power. How many people could this guy possibly control at once, and how could he have any power left over to defend against a direct magical attack?"

    But I had made an incorrect assumption. Just b/c that's the way magic typically works, doesn't mean that's the way it works according to Schwab.

    Arthos can control as many people as he wants. All he has to do is brand them with his particular kind of magic. And that, my friends, is terrifying.

    And all of that is why A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC will be near the top of my Best Books of 2015 list. You will laugh at drunk men stumbling groggily on stairs (HA!), you will nod your head thoughtfully as Kell and Lila reveal the intricacies of what makes them tick, you will gasp in shock and horror when you find yourself walking across the bones of defeated enemies, and you will not regret reading this book for yourself. Highly recommended.



    My other reviews for this series:

    A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2)

    A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3) ...more

  • Candace Robinson

    So, the first time I tried to read this book, I quit. I just could not get into it. Maybe it was all the different London talk? I recently read This Savage Song and loved it, so I wanted to give this another shot. Normally, I don't change my mind about a book, but I did here!

    I loved the characters!!! Kell! Lila! Especially Lila, because she puts the A in awesome!!! Plus the freaking magic was a-a-mazing! Full review on my blog https://literarydust.wordpress.com/20...

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    “I apologize for anything I might have done. I was not myself.”

    “I apologize for shooting you in the leg,” said Lila. “I was myself entirely.”


    Actual Rating: 4 1/2 Stars. So you may notice this book is kind of polarizing within the adult sff community; a little bit And for me personally it is.... such a fave. I keep returning to this world and these characters and I doubt I’ll ever stop.

    For the approximately five people who don’t know, A Darker Shade of Magic is about a world with four paral ...more

  • chloe ✨

    Update: 5 stars

    Who was I kidding OF COURSE THIS WAS A 5 STAR READ. I can't stop thinking about it and I love it so much.

    4.5 stars!!!!!

    I ALREADY KNOW THIS SERIES WILL BECOME AN ALL TIME FAVE.