{Blog Tour} A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Posted February 23, 2015 by Bee in Blog Tour, Giveaways / 61 Comments

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HELLO GUYS! I am so excited today. As you can see, I’m part of the blog tour for this fantastic book. I’ve read it and it’s AH-MAY-ZING! You can read my review here.

As Kell learns in this book, it’s dangerous to linger, so V.E. Schwab only has time to answer ONE question and one question only on each stop. So first I’ll go over the book info very quick, then I’m asking her my question and then guys, there’s HUGE giveaway. So don’t linger here! Go ahead and read the rest! Welcome… To Red London!

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{Blog Tour} A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic


by Victoria Schwab
Series: A Darker Shade of Magic #1
Published on February 24th 2015
by Tor Books
Source: Publisher
Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

Also by this author: The Archived, Vicious, A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

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.

Question: I’m a big fan of your books because of your unique writing style and the original and amazing stories you create. My question is, where do you get the inspiration for your novels?

Slowly, and then all at once. I collect fragments of a story over time, piecing it together until one day it all just…clicks. There’s usually an event, a catalyst, but it wouldn’t work if I hadn’t let the ideas shift and solidify in my mind. Because of this, I’m a big believer in “back burner time” or the time you let your brain mull over things, connect pieces you can’t see. With ADSOM, I knew I wanted to write a book about magic, and alternate versions of London, but the story didn’t click until one day I thought of a boy walking through a wall and running into a girl, who then picked his pocket 😉

About Victoria Schwab

I am the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, I have been known to say “tom-ah-toes”, “like”, and “y’all”. I also suffer from a wicked case of wanderlust, made worse by the fact that wandering is a good way to stir up stories. When I’m not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, I’m usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.

My first YA novel, THE NEAR WITCH, a dark original fairy tale, debuted with Disney*Hyperion in August 2011, and is now out in paperback.

My next YA novel, THE ARCHIVED, is the first book in a new supernatural series about a world where the dead are shelved like books, and it hits stores January 2013, also with Disney*Hyperion.

My first adult novel, VICIOUS, about two brilliant and highly disturbed pre-med students who set out to generate their own superpowers and end up mortal enemies, is out in hardcover from Tor September 2013.

I have more books coming out in 2014, but I’ll get to those later.

These days, when someone asks me what I do when I’m NOT writing, I just kind of laugh nervously. But in truth, on the odd occasion I’m not typing away, I’m probably baking cookies, or watching BBC shows, or wandering. (See how we came full circle, there?)

Thank you Victoria! If you guys want to know even more about A Darker Shade of Magic, you can check out the new website right here.  Also check out this video featuring Victoria exploring London and discussing the book.

Now on to the huge giveaway, but first… let’s go over the rules now that we have a bit of time to relax.

~ To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter below.
~ You must be 18 years or older (or have permission of a guardian) to enter.
~ Cheaters do not prosper.
~ The package will be sent by the publisher. Neither they nor Istyria book blog are responsible for packages getting lost in the mail.
~ The winner has to respond within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.

Okay, now what’s the prize? Hold on to your horses guys, it’s a big one.

1 copy of A Darker Shade of Magic AND one double-sided signed poster that features the US and UK covers

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Oh and have I mentioned it’s INTERNATIONAL? IT IS!

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Oh and check out this awesome Buzzfeed quiz that will sort you into a magical London, Hogwarts style. I ended up in Red London. Coincidence? Of course not.

I want to thank Leah Withers for letting me participate in this awesome blog tour! And Victoria herself for writing such an incredible book!

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Bee

About Victoria Schwab

I am the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, I have been known to say “tom-ah-toes”, “like”, and “y’all”. I also suffer from a wicked case of wanderlust, made worse by the fact that wandering is a good way to stir up stories. When I’m not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, I’m usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.

My first YA novel, THE NEAR WITCH, a dark original fairy tale, debuted with Disney*Hyperion in August 2011, and is now out in paperback.

My next YA novel, THE ARCHIVED, is the first book in a new supernatural series about a world where the dead are shelved like books, and it hits stores January 2013, also with Disney*Hyperion.

My first adult novel, VICIOUS, about two brilliant and highly disturbed pre-med students who set out to generate their own superpowers and end up mortal enemies, is out in hardcover from Tor September 2013.

I have more books coming out in 2014, but I’ll get to those later.

These days, when someone asks me what I do when I’m NOT writing, I just kind of laugh nervously. But in truth, on the odd occasion I’m not typing away, I’m probably baking cookies, or watching BBC shows, or wandering. (See how we came full circle, there?)

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61 responses to “{Blog Tour} A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

  1. _Sandra_

    To say I’m excited would be understatement! Super excited is mote likely. Thanks for the chance to win it! 🙂

  2. Nancy L.R.

    This book has been all over my timeline on twitter & goodreads and I’ve heard so many great things about it! I am DYING to read it!

  3. Tess Foster

    I’m so excited for this book but let’s be honest who isn’t. I mean it sounds so (excuse my inability to find a better word but I’m a bit thick) cool!

  4. Ummmm very much yes I am! I’ve been waiting since this had a name! I’m trying to stay sane until I get my copy (which is hard considering EVERYONE seems to be reading it!)

  5. I LOVEEEEE Victoria’s answer when you asked her about where her inspiration comes from! I’m writing my first manuscript for a novel and at the moment, I’m still planning it all out and in my own “back burner time”. It makes me feel a lot better and more comfortable knowing that she creates ideas and forms her plan for her books the same way I do. =)

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  6. It’s really inspiring to see Schwab’s answer here! I want to be a writer, but it has always been hard for me to think of something to write about. I always get insecure and I keep thinking, “This has already been done before. I don’t want to do something that has been done and is even probably even inferior.” But it’s nice to know that she takes time, too! She’s such an awesome author I had thought everything just comes easily to her. I guess the secret is to not rush it and wait for the right idea to come to you!

  7. Ratna

    I love Victoria’s writing style & originalities in her previous books. So I’m so excited for this one! So happy with so much hype for this book though it hasn’t been released yet.
    Thanks for this awesome giveaway 🙂

  8. Ren

    There’s so much buzz for this book right now! It’s making me crazily excited. The physical book looks so pretty as well. Thanks for all the cool ADSoM related links, Bieke!

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