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

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Welcome to Really Really Short Reviews were the name is long and the reviews are short! Because sometimes short is that much sweeter. (Also, because I’m really lazy!) And there might be quotes too (lots and lots)! (Because everyone loves quotes, right?)

A Darker Shade final for IrenePublisher: Tor Books (February 24th 2015)
Hardcover: 400 pages
Source: Edelweiss
Series: A Darker Shade of Magic #1
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.


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

noun. a bum a student again. A master’s student…oooh. procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

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  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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