#BookReview A Darker Shade of Magic by V E Schwab
My Rating: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩
Series: Shades of Magic 1
Publisher: Titan Books
Available: February 2015
Genre: Fantasy / Young Adult / Fiction
Most people only know one London; but what if there were several? Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel Londons. There’s Grey London, dirty and crowded and without magic, home to the mad king George III. There’s Red London, where life and magic are revered. Then, White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. But once upon a time, there was Black London…
Having heard so much about this series for so long, a couple of years back I bought the first book. And there it sat, because for whatever reason, I never seemed to get around to it. Then a few friends told me they had read it,, and loved it, so I thought, why not, but bearing in mind their advice I decided to buy the other two books before starting. From other reviews, I was certain that I would want to dive into book two as fast as I could.
So, I finally start reading this, and within the first chapter I was glued. I adore Kell, he’s lovely, and he’s hilarious! So much attitude in one person, I absolutely adore him. I have laughed at various points through this book, either from the situations he ends up in, or his general attitude towards things.
He is far from a simple Character, he has many different elements and aspects, and learning about how he came to be where he is, uncovering bits and pieces about how he thinks of himself and his place in the world, it is clear to see precisely why he had the attitudes he does. At times I felt sorry for him, at others I laughed, and a few times I wanted to give him a kick. He’s loveable, frustrating, funny… in short, he’s a very REAL feeling Character.
Then we enter Lila. Wow. Just wow. Shes funny, sassy, kick-ass. I adore her, and she is the perfect compliment to Kell! What a power duo there, I can see them kicking some serious ass in the next books! She knows what she wants from life, and although she has clearly been through a lot, she is determined to keep going and keep improving her situation. She doesn’t let things pull her down for long, she brushes herself off and deals with the situations as she is given them. That seems like the perfect way to live life to me.
Between the two of them, it’s easy to see why they work. One is too serious in some ways and seems to dwell on things, the other seems more flippant in attitude and doesn’t dwell on anything. They’ve fast become some of my favourite Characters!
Now the storyline. Well! At no point did I know what to expect, and at every situation change I was shocked by outcomes and responses. This has certainly kept me on my toes from cover to cover! I adore the magical element the Author has created; so different to any other that I have come across, and I loved the consideration of the parallel Londons. It was exciting, intriguing and I have loved learning about them!
Take all of that, add a tonne of intrigue, suspense, action and humour, and you’re about there for picturing the scope of this book! The ending was perfectly done, I wanted to dive into book two instantly! I will be reading it as soon as I possibly can between booked reviews, because I NEED to know where this is going next. I was completely surprised by the ending!
If you enjoy Fantasy Fiction with astounding world building, and an astonishing flair for new magical ideas, you NEED to get your hands on a copy of this!
About The Author:
VICTORIA “V.E.” SCHWAB is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including the acclaimed Shades of Magic series, This Savage Song, Our Dark Duet and Vicious. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post and more, translated into more than a dozen languages, and has been optioned for television and film. When she’s not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, she splits her time between Nashville, TN and Edinburgh, Scotland and is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.