Really Really Short Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

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Really Really Short Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E SchwabA Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) by V.E. Schwab, Victoria Schwab
Series: Shades of Magic #1
Published by Tor Books on February 24th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Pages: 400
Source: Edelweiss

Kell is one of the last travelers--magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city.
There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King--George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered--and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London--a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.
Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. 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.
Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, 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.


Slow-ish start but than it really blew me away. So much epic-ness. The different Londons are fascinating filled with spellbinding characters.

It has everything Schwab said there would be:

• Magic!
• A cross-dressing thief (who’s brash and bold and an aspiring pirate)
• Londons! (3 of them!)
• Sadistic kings (and queens)  (who are horrifically bad bad guys)
• A royal who is equal parts Prince Harry and Jack Harkness (he’s seriously swoon-worthy)
• So much more magic (blood magic, elemental magic, bad magic!)
• Epic magicky fights scenes (so many and sooo cool!)
• Angst! (because this book knows how to make you feel the feels!)
• and of course a coat with more than two sides (that happens include a captivating and also super swoon-worthy protagonist!).

Kell with his endless changing coat is enthralling and Lila is brazen and badass. I love her desire to live her life to full of adventure. They have such an interesting relationship because it’s so different than your typical ‘romance’. Oh and I can’t help but love the awesome bromance of Kell and Rhys. More bromance, please.

A Darker Shade of Magic is a brilliant adventure. If you like magic, and feels and awesome stories, read this book.

“I’m not going to die,” she said. “Not till I’ve seen it.”

“Seen what?”

Her smile widened. “Everything.”

{Thisssssssss! THIS SOOO  MUCH!}

{*Thanks to the Tor Books and Edelweiss for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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


“Aren’t you afraid of dying?” he asked Lila now.

She looked at him as if it were a strange question. And then she shook her head. “Death comes for everyone,” she said simply. “I’m not afraid of dying. But I am afraid of dying here.” She swept her hand over the room, the tavern, the city. “I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.”


He would see her again. He knew he would. Magic bent the world. Pulled it into shape. There were fixed points. Most of the time they were places. But sometimes, rarely, they were people. For someone who never stood still, Lila felt like a pin in Kell’s world. One he was sure to snag on.


Bad magic, Kell had called it.
No, thought Lila now. Clever magic.
And clever was more dangerous than bad any day of the week.


Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Really Really Short Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab”

  1. I think I have this pre-ordered for audio, it sounds wonderful.

    1. It is quite wonderful! Hope you enjoy it!

  2. I bought the UK version the other week, I love magic and all, but it was the whole Jack Harkness comparison that soled it for me, haha. I NEED to read it soon. lad you really enjoyed it! 😀

    1. YAY o/!! It’s fantastic, hope you loooove it! Urg, yes, Jack Harkness <3!

  3. This sounds incredible, I can’t wait to get my hands on it! 3 londons, magic and princes? It sounds totally brilliant!

    1. The prince is pretty awesome 😉 Hope you love it! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it!

  4. I read the preview and finally got a reserved copy from the library! It was worth the wait!

    1. YAY! I hope it’s worth the wait too! (It only gets better the further in you get ;))

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