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A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel (Shades of Magic Book 1) by [V. E. Schwab]
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A Darker Shade of Magic has all the hallmarks of a classic work of fantasy. Its plot is gripping. Its characters are memorable. Its setting in four parallel, powerful Londons is otherworldly yet believable. Schwab has given us a gem of a tale that is original in its premise and compelling in its execution. This is a book to treasure.” ―Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of The All Souls Trilogy

“Compulsively readable...her characters make the book. Just as Kell has layers, Lila is a satisfyingly rich invention...With so many worlds on the map, there's plenty left to discover.” ―NPR

A Darker Shade of Magic feels like a priceless object, brought from another, better world of fantasy books.” ―io9

“Schwab (Vicious) creates an ingenious set of nesting alternate Londons in this imaginative, well-crafted fantasy. Confident prose and marvelous touches-a chameleon coat, a scarlet river of magic, a piratical antiheroine-bring exuberant life to an exhilarating adventure among the worlds.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

A Darker Shade of Magic is smart, funny and sexy ... Schwab keeps the excitement coming with roller-coaster plot twists that establish her as, perhaps, the natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones's contemporary fantasy crown.” ―The Independent

“Fantasy fans will love this fast-paced adventure, with its complex magic system, thoughtful hero and bold heroine.” ―Kirkus Reviews

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

VICTORIA “V.E.” SCHWAB is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including the acclaimed Shades of Magic series, Villains series, This Savage Song, and Our Dark Duet. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post and more, translated into more than a dozen languages, and has been optioned for television and film. When she’s not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, she lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • Publisher : Tor Books (February 24, 2015)
  • Publication date : February 24, 2015
  • Language: : English
  • File size : 1619 KB
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  • Print length : 401 pages
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 7, 2018
I have seen this book raved about for ages and I finally decided to pick it up but I have mixed feelings on it i don't know weather it was because it was over hyped but I didn't love it.

I liked Kell he's was easy going and just seemed like a nice guy but lila annoyed me at the start of the book. There was one scene where Kell had a stone from black London (a place where dark magic took over) but lila robbed it and when he tracked her down she wouldn't give it back becuse she wanted to see what it done, it just bothered me because the stone is so dangerous and she didn't even know magic existed 3 minutes before hand so just give him back the stone ! 😂

I enjoyed the world building I thought the concepts of the different London's were very interesting. Grey London was the London in our world mundane and without magic, Red London had magic and magic was treated as an equal, White London had magic too but magic was dominated by the people and as a result the magic has started to retreat and finally Black London who let magic run free and the magic took over which caused the doors into Black London to be shut. That's another part of the world building I liked the world's were over lapping each other and you need doors to get from each world but only the antari can create and use a door (kells an antari)

I found the book slow to start with I was around 150 pages into the book and I still didn't really feel involved in the story. Another part of the novel that I didn't love was how often the point of view of charecters changed, I liked when It was in the POV of Kell but when it was lila or random guards or side charecters it annoyed my becuse I wanted to know what Kell was doing. Towards the end of the book I started to like lila she was more entertaining and not as irritating I also liked where the story was going it began to pick up and I enjoyed how things played out.

Overall i liked this book but i didn't love it, i really only liked kell in terms of the charecters and it wasn't until the second half of the book that I got interested in the story, I wasn't a major fan of the constantly changing point of views but I'm sure some people would have enjoyed it but I did really enjoy the world building. I'm not sure if I will continue the series becuse I didn't really love this book but I'm might pick it up in a few months.
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