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Review – A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

As many of you will know, A Darker Shade of Magic is the first of three books in the Shades of Magic trilogy (or possibly series? I read somewhere there may be more?) by V.E. Schwab. It took me a little while to find out about these books, but I am just grateful I discovered them (with the help of bookstagram).


Title: A Darker Shade of Magic

Author: V.E. Schwab

Genre: Fantasy – Adventure – Science Fiction

Age Classification: Young Adult

Publisher: Titan Books

Format: paperback

Release: February 27, 2015

The storyline was rather well planned and executed, and being separated sections rather than just chapters allowed me as a reader to follow along much easier. There was an element of mystery, pieces of the puzzle slowly falling into place, and my brain cogs turning so fast because there were so many different ways that could have gone. I would not say it was a slow start because it was eventful and necessary, but it was once I got to part 6, Thieves Meet, that I knew there would be no putting this book down until I had read every page.

The blurb tells us there are four versions of London. They are Red, White, Grey, and Black, all of which have been closed off from one another and the black sealed off completely from the others. The book does a great job of exploring each of these London’s Kell visits, such as the reason behind the colour Kell has named them, they type of people that live there, how each is run, and so on. It was interesting to see how Schwab made each London unique while still providing solid links connecting them. Obviously, Red London seems like the place to be, though Grey London does not seem like a bad option either. White London, on the other hand, is not somewhere I would be keen on existing and, from what we learn, Black London should not be on anyone’s travel destination wish list. Ever. And yet, here I am wanting to know more, explore if I have to. I am not okay not knowing, I need to know more!

Every character was well described, though some could have been a little further developed in my opinion. Granted, some of them are probably not important to the story, which could be why they are brushed past, and there are at least another two books so this could change. Our two and a half main characters (because I think Rhy is too important to be considered secondary) do not apply here because they are somewhat realistic while still being from another world. I loved Delilah Bard, or Lila, and her focus on what she wanted. No, I do not agree with stealing or pickpocketing, no, I do not like that she killed people, but yes, I do like her strength and fighting spirit. Kell is also an interesting character, the dark, moody, mysterious type who we still have a lot to learn about but is already kind of lovable. Honestly, the brotherly relationship between him and Rhy is kind of adorable, in fact, Prince Rhy Maresh is pretty fudging adorable on his own! I want my own Rhy, is that possible? No? Well, that is a darn shame…

I think you can tell I did not like the book. Yep, that is correct, I did not like A Darker Shade of Magic, I LOVED IT! A small reason may be because I was in desperate need of a break from my school work, but it is mostly the story printed on those bound pages that make me so fond of it. If a book can satisfy both my brain and my heart at the same time, it is practically guaranteed of being a winner for me.

Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

Over on Goodreads you can see I gave this book five stars, and I think it deserves every one of them.

What do you think?
Did you like the book?
Let me know by commenting!

I am looking forward to reading books two and three, A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of Light. Now to get my hands on them…

Until next time bibliophiles!

Amy x

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