A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) Kell Is One Of The Last Antari Magicians With A Rare, Coveted Ability To Travel Between Parallel Londons Red, Grey, White, And, Once Upon A Time, Black Kell Was Raised In Arnes Red London And Officially Serves The Maresh Empire As An Ambassador, Traveling Between The Frequent Bloody Regime Changes In White London And The Court Of George III In The Dullest Of Londons, The One Without Any Magic Left To See.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.After An Exchange Goes Awry, Kell Escapes To Grey London And Runs Into Delilah Bard, A Cut Purse With Lofty Aspirations She First Robs Him, Then 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 Shades Of Magic Series 1A Darker Shade Of Magic 2A Gathering Of Shadows 3A Conjuring Of Light Every night of the year, the market lived and breathed and thrived The stalls were always changing, but the energy remained, as much a part of the city as the river it fed on Kell traced the edge of the bank, weaving through the evening fair, savoring the taste and smell of the air, the sound of laughter and music, the thrum of magic I m already a Victoria Schwab fan after reading her good vs evil superhero urban fantasy novel Vicious so I couldn t wait to get reacquainted with her addicEvery night of the year, the market lived and breathed and thrived The stalls were always changing, but the energy remained, as much a part of the city as the river it fed on Kell traced the edge of the bank, weaving through the evening fair, savoring the taste and smell of the air, t
YA adult Fantasy There isn t just one London There are, in fact, four cities sharing that name and geographic location, each in a very different plane of existence The novel takes place in the early 1800s, when magical travel between the different Londons has been severely restricted Long ago, the place called Black London underwent a massive magical accident a sort of implosion during which the forces of magic consumed the humans who tried to wield it Since then, the doors between the w YA adult Fantasy There isn t just one London There are, in fact, four cities sharing that name and geographic location, each in a very different plane of existence The novel takes place in the early 1800s, when magical travel between the different Londons has been severely restricted Long ago, the place called Black London underwent a massive magical accident a sort of implosion during which the forces of magic consumed the humans who tried to wield it Since t
I wrote this book, so I m probably biased Since it s early, and the full jacket copy isn t out, here s a list of things in ADSOM Magic Cross dressing thieves Aspiring pirates Londons plural Sadistic kings and queens A royal who is equal parts Prince Harry and Ja
4.5 solid I d rather die on an adventure than live standing stillIsn t it astonishing how upon our second readings of our favourite books, we discover so muchabout our beloved characters and the world building itself than the first time around And so in consequence to my rereading of A Darker Shade of Magic in order to be fully prepared memory wise for A Gathering of Shadows, I started seeing redeemable qualities in Delilah Bard, the fierce, courageous yet reckless thief.When she and Kell tI d rather die on an adventure than live standing stillIsn t it astonishing how upon our second readings of our favourite books, we discover so muchabout our beloved characters and the world building itself than the first time around And so in consequence to my rereading of A Darker Shade of Magic in order to be fully prepared memory wise for A Gathering of Shadows, I started seeing redeemable qualities in Delilah Bard, the fierce, courageous yet reckless thief.When she and Kell the gorgeous Kell, my
V.E Schwab does it again It amazes me how she continues to get better and better with each book she puts out into the world I need the sequel ASAP. RE READ UPDATE So, in a startling turn of events, this book is eveninsufferably perfect the second time round and I m so in love with it I frequently forget WHAT AIR IS I love Kell I love his frown I love his love for his brother I love his smol fragile beginnings of a relationship with Lila I love his bloody magic I love his dark side.I LOVE THIS BOO
As Travars, he said TravelAnd oh boy, I did travel I was covered in smoke, I tasted metal, I smelled roses, I wore a bizarre coat and I dreamed under a pale sky But unfortunately, I did not feel.A Darker Shade of Magic had great potential The world V.E Schwab created is fascinating, full of magic and blood There is Kell, an Antari, a blood magician who can travel between parallel universes, and Lila, a street thief who wants to become a pirate and experience great adventures, and wAs Travars, he said TravelAnd oh boy, I did travel I was covered in smoke, I tasted metal, I smelled roses, I wore a bizarre coat and I dreamed under a pale sky But unfortunately, I did not feel.A Darker Shade of Magic had great potential The world V.E Schwab created is fascinating, full of magic and blood There is Kell, an Antari, a blood magician who can travel between parallel universes, and Lila, a street thief who wants to become a pirate and experience great adventures, and when their fates interwine, they are the only ones who can save all three Londons from the tainted magic that destroyed the forth I mean, it sounds pretty amazing, doesn t itI d rather die on an adventure than live standing stillI can t
I sort of flew through this book.Or rather, I listened to the audiobook extremely quickly I found the story interesting at first but it rapidly lost steam for me The writing was great, but I didn t care much for the plot which seems to be a pattern with Schwab s books for me, with Vicious being the exception The concept of parallel Londons was really cool, but aside from that I didn t find it very interesting I was also left wantingcharacter development All I could think during th I sort of flew through this book.Or rather, I listened to the audiobook extremely quickly I found the story interesting at first but it rapidly lost steam for me The writing was great, but I didn t care much for the plot which seems to be a pattern with Schwab s books for me, with Vicious being the exception The concept of parallel Londons was really cool, but aside from that I didn t find it very interesting I was also left wantingcharacter development All I could think during this book is how much Kell and Lila reminded me of Kelsier and Vin from The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson I m not even completely sure why, but there it is They didn t feel like new characters to me at all Also, I wouldn t recommend this audiobook The narrator does wacky, over the top acc
An Overhyped Shade of MediocreBefore you jump down my throat, I didn t hate this novel as much as I felt let down by it Let me explain it s been hyped up everywhere and when that happens, expectations tend to run very high Think back to when you were a kid and wanted something for your birthday so much and were so sure that you were going to get it and even if you got plenty of nice things, the fact that you didn t get the one thing you wanted made you disappointed That s the same feeling I An Overhyped Shade of MediocreBefore you jump down my throat, I didn t hate this novel as much as I felt let down by it Let me explain it s been hyped up everywher