SPOILER-FREE BOOK REVIEW: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Series: Shades of Magic #1

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Length: 398 pages

Publisher: Tor Books

Publication Date: February 24th 2015

Personal Rating: 4.25/5 stars

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Goodreads Synopsis

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.

Short, Non-Spoilery Review by Yours Truly

As Travars. To Travel.

This is my first and only Schwab read and I sure do intend to work on that and devour everything by her as soon as possible. I actually picked this one up because I had really high hopes and wanted to binge-read the whole series since the third one comes out on February 21st (I’m so excited and I haven’t even read A Gathering of Shadows yet).

I had every right to have those high hopes.

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

Dude, I had so much fun reading this. The idea of four Londons is freaking awesome and I congratulate the author on how amazing she’s done on creating the world(s). At first I was very sceptical because I thought it will be very confusing and complex but it’s quite the opposite. As I said, Schwab did a pretty cool job on the world-building, making it easy to understand with her magical writing (which is another thing I absolutely loved about the book). Top that with some pretty cool characters and voilà, perfection aka A Darker Shade of Magic.

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

”Seen what?”

Her smile widened. ”Everything.”

Characters didn’t exactly blew me away but I still very much liked them. It was kind of hard not to obsess over Kell. He and Lila both had their own flaws but I think that’s why they were so likeable. Though Lila did get on my nerves at first but I was completely in love with her sassiness and all that comes with it at the end. I would like to see more of her development tho – she was willing to save a life that wasn’t hers all of a sudden. I’m also starting to obsess over female pirates; Inej and Lila would be great friends, if you ask me.  Rhy was a nice addition to the story but we didn’t get to learn much about him other than what we got from Kell’s brotherly opinions of him so I had a moment of doubt at some point. Other than that, I liked how easy-going and flirtatious he was. There’s never enough of flirting in books, children. Also, he’s bi so yaaaay diversity!

Rhy laughed silently. ”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.”

Plus, the villains were awesome aswell. Creepy and scary at times, but awesome.

The bodies in my floor all trusted someone. Now I walk on them to tea.

To sum up:






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