A Darker Shade of Magic review

A Darker Shade of MagicA Darker Shade of Magic
V.E. Schwab
Feb 24 2015
398 pages
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars
❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤








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.


My thoughts

I loved this book. I was seriously glued to the pages almost the entire time. The story was compelling and I didn’t find it to be entirely predictable, but events that happened in the story wove together so nicely that toward the end I was thinking “Ahh I see how that happened,” Its hard for me to explain but I liked how it was done.

Then there are the characters! Kell and Lila were really neat characters. Especially, Lila, there was a special uniqueness to her that I really enjoyed, she was tough and wouldn’t let emotions rule her. I loved how she wants to be a pirate, her shift moral compass, and the fact that she would disguise herself as a man. I thought that was pretty sweet, she was also insanely clever, not much explaining was ever really needed.

Kell was also really interesting, he had such a thirst for taking risks even if he knew they were going to go badly. Sounds like a couple people I know.

It was a little slow to figure out the words, at first, keeping track of the shifting worlds was confusing at some points, but you start remembering them and are able to keep track.


I loved this so much, I really can’t say that enough, I already want to reread it and dive back into the Red London. I recommend this book to just about everyone, if you like fantasy, strong female characters, and you want minimal love interests then pick this book up now!

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