{Effie Reviews} A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Posted April 27, 2015 by Effie in Reviews / 0 Comments

{Effie Reviews} A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic

by V.E. Schwab
Series: Shades of Magic #1
Published on February 24th, 2015
by Tor Books
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gifted
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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.

5 Stars

Okay, so it took me close to an hour to cool down after reading A Darker Shade of Magic, but I’m finally calm enough to write my review.

A Darker Shade of Magic is awesome. That’s it, I don’t know what else to say. It’s just awesome: the plot is awesome, the characters are awesome, the dialogue is awesome, the world-building is awesome… you get the picture.

I really don’t know what more to say than that. I’d recommend this book to anyone, seriously just give it a try and you will not be disappointed. I certainly wasn’t, I’m still cursing my best friend’s name for telling me to read it now, because right now I still have to wait 10 freaking months for the sequel A Gathering of Shadows to come out!!! And that’s just torture.

So in ADSOM we meet Kell, who’s an antari, a sort of Traveler between the three worlds Red London (his home), Grey London (Magic-less) and White London (the Magic Dying world). He sorts of a glorified Messenger for the royal family of Red London, who adopted him when he was five and he spends most of his time delivering messages between Red, White and Grey London and keep his (brother) Prince Rhy in line. Besides that he keeps a pretty dangerous hobby of trading trinkets of magic with several people in White and Grey London, eventhough it’s forbidden. Of course that’s how he gets into trouble, when he gets a piece of black stone in his possession that brings more bad than good. Because that stone is a relic of Black London, a world that has long been forgotten.

So anyway, like I said before the plot is pretty awesome as is the world-building, it’s so cool to see the different Londons and how society differs in each one, including how magic is perceived and used.

As for the characters: I love Kell!! He’s soooo adorkable, there’s no other word for it, that’s just my impression of him. Rhy is pretty nice, but he’s not my favourite to be honest, maybe because he doesn’t get enough “air time”? I don’t know, maybe that’ll change in the sequels. And then we have Lila, she is a badass, strong and just overal cool character and I LOVE her. And here’s a little something to show you why:

“For hitting,” explained Lila, as if Kell couldn’t grasp the meaning of the metal knuckles. “You can stab them, or you can knock their teeth out. Or you can do both.” She touched the tip of the blade with her finger. “No at the same time, of course.”

“Of course,” echoed Kell, shutting a cabinet. “You’re very fond of weapons.”

Lila stared at him blankly. “Who isn’t?”

“And you already have a knife,” he pointed out.

“So?” asked Lila, admiring the grip. “No such thing as too many knives.”

“You’re a violent sort.”

And that is exactly why Lila ROCKS!!!! Also Holland was a really great character, I’m actually hoping we maybe get so see more of him in the sequel. And I’ve got give Schwab credit for creating Astrid and Athos, the rulers of White London, those two were nasty pieces of works and I loved it!

I’m dying to read the sequel now, so I’m hoping those 10 months will fly by so I can get a copy of A Gathering of Shadows and read it and hopefully we’ll get to see more about this mysterious Black London world and of course our lovable characters!


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