May 17, 2015

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic

V.E. Schwab
Shades of Magic #1
February 24, 2015

Publisher:  Tor Books

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.




It's official, Kell is my new book boyfriend!

I wasn't entirely sure what I was expecting when I picked this book up off the shelf at Barnes and Noble. The cover is what really drew me in to start with. It's just so pretty to look at!

The writing was fantastic! I'm normally not one for the third person point of view, but WOW, it could not have been better!

The only thing the book left me wanting is the second one!

SPOILERS BELOW!! - highlight the space below in order to read the text

Lila, the dull human from Grey London, isn't quite as human as everyone believes. Later in the story we learn that she has a glass eye and doesn't remember what happened since she was very young when it happened. 

I think that Lila is another Antari. 

I can't wait for the next book!!

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