A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Tor,, 2015
ISBN: 9780765376459
Branch Call Number: FICTION SCH
Characteristics: 400 pages ; 22 cm


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Aug 09, 2020

Once you understand the concept, there's unfortunately nothing special here.

Aug 01, 2020

“A Darker Shade of Magic”, by V. E. Shwaub, is about 4 Londons, each coexisting alongside each other, each extremely different. Grey London is essentially our London, with nothing special. Red London is a place full of magic and vibrance. White London is a place half corrupted by magic, with people thirsting for it, and desperately casting spells to keep it within them. Black London doesn’t exist. It was taken over by magic a long time ago. The main character, Kell, is one of 2 people who can travel through these worlds. He is an Antari, or a blood magician, who can use his blood to perform special spells that help him travel through worlds. He is from Red London, and is part of the royal family. Delilah Bard, or just Lila is another character who is from grey London. She is a thief, who dreams of sailing as a pirate. She crosses paths with Kell, when he is travelling to her world, and she steals a very precious object. Later, when Kell comes to take it back, he is forced to drag Lila along to destroy the precious object, as it is threatening to tip the balance between the worlds. Along the way, they meet new allies, find new enemies, and witness the deaths of their close friends. This book is very detailed, and does a good job creating the plot, and making it flow. It is a must read fantasy book for people who like magic, action, and mystery. But if you don’t read every page carefully, you might miss something that later makes the story confusing. This book contains lots of violence.

Jul 24, 2020

"A Darker Shade of Magic" (Shades of Magic, #1) by V.E. Schwab, tells the story of a power and magic, love and manipulation. Kell is one of the last of his kind. They can walk through "doors" between 4 parallel Londons. After being tricked to bring a powerful magic to Red London (where magic and people are in balance), he must escape to Grey London (where magic no longer exists) and work his way back through Red London to White London (where magic is a slave) to dreaded Black London (where magic consumes everything). Though I did not like him at the start, he did grow on me and I really enjoyed the other characters. It has some interesting takes on magic and is a book worth reading.

Jul 11, 2020

This book was so much fun. Provides a much-needed escape to a different world(s) in some trying times.

Jun 25, 2020

Excellent and interesting world building, which was careful and detailed, but not too much as to be bulky. I also found the premise interesting, particularly the way that magic manifests / is used, and Kell’s traveling through dimensions.

Character development was a weaker area. The main characters are interesting enough, but conventional (lone warrior / Han Solo, bratty prince, sneaky assassin, sailing privateer, etc.) I found Kell’s counterpart in White London the most compelling character, as he fights with all of his strength for his people, even when he makes bad choices.

The plot arc in this novel, and the trilogy as a whole, is pretty simple and sometimes predictable. It was the world and its magic that carried me through the trilogy, and I did find it enjoyable, so I recommend the entire series.

May 01, 2020

I have never read anything by Schwab before but I loved this book because not only did it have a fast-paced plot, but the characters were people you wanted to connect with immediately. The world she builds is unlike anything I've read before and I loved going through the four separate Londons and learning about them. I'm looking forward to reading the second and third book in the series.

Apr 03, 2020

As you can tell by my 2 star rating, I'm in the minority about this book. I didn't hate it, but didn't like it either. I liked absolutely zero of the characters (okay, I kinda liked Kell, but that's it) and felt that most just kinda fell flat. Especially the villains. The start of this was so promising too! But, in the end, I figured out most of what was going to happen way before it did and honestly? This entire book just felt kinda tropey and not even the fun kind of tropey. Just the boring and predictable kind of tropey. Such a disappointment.

Jan 20, 2020

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SnoIsleLib_JordynR Nov 07, 2019

Three different intricate magical worlds, cross dressing pirate thieves, banter, and an action packed adventure - if all of that sounds appealing, then this is the book for you. The worlds Schwab creates are rich and descriptive, engaging all of your senses, and she populates them with fun and compelling characters. This is an adventure that will spark your imagination and leave you wanting to know more about the characters and world.

Sep 18, 2019

Game of Thrones with time travel and Magic
Tick, Tick and Tick.
Really enjoyed the trip, can't wait to continue the other two.

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Nov 13, 2016

Other: There is an attempted rape scene early on in the novel.

Nov 13, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: People being turned into monsters, the main villains torture multiple characters throughout the book.

Nov 13, 2016

Sexual Content: There is a vaguely detailed sex scene.

Nov 13, 2016

Violence: Several fight scenes, a lot of death.

Nov 13, 2016

Coarse Language: Several curse words are used throughout, including the f-word.

mvkramer Apr 28, 2016

Violence: Torture, magic battles, and lots of stabby-stabby.


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