A Darker Shade of Magic

Paperback

Published Sept. 28, 2015 by Titan Books Ltd.

ISBN:
9781783295401

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4 stars (9 reviews)

STEP INTO A UNIVERSE OF DARING ADVENTURE, THRILLING POWER, AND MULTIPLE LONDONS.

Kell is one of the last travelers--magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magic 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. …

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When I first saw the plot summary for this book, I was really intrigued and I must say A Darker Shade of Magic delivered... somewhat. It took me a while to get into the book. About a third in, I thought, great premise, but I'm not sure I like the execution. Then the tone changed, the plot advanced, and everything started to come together. I was excited. In fact I read the second half of the novel in one sitting. Then, towards the end, I felt a bit disappointed again. The resolution was too easy. Too neat.

V.E. Schwab is an excellent writer. Her world-building is intricate, meticulous and clever. The premise is original and unlike anything I've read in the last few years. I just wish we could have seen more of the world. It was all a bit superficial, with great potential though and I'm excited for the …

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