Mini Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)

Posted September 18, 2017 by booksbeautyandcoffee in Mini Reviews / 2 Comments

Mini Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)Title: A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)
Author: V.E. Schwab, Victoria Schwab
Publisher: Tor Books
Published: February 24th 2015
Pages: 400
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Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.
Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. It's a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive.

This is the first book I’ve ever listened to, aka audible was used because I listened to this on the way to school, and I actually really liked it. I didn’t think I’d like to be read to, mainly because if the words aren’t in front of me, I have zero attention span for books. It’s probably super weird, and I’m probably alone in that, but its just how I am during reading.

Anyways, that’s really not the most important part of this whole thing. The most important thing is the fact that this book was amazing. Like, in a ‘I-can’t-put-this-down-someone-send-help-but-not-really-because-i-like-it’ kind of way. Ya know? I know ya know.

I’m all for books that have parallel universes, since Jenna Marbles forced me to fall down a rabbit hole of that conspiracy theory the other night, and this book is such a fun version of that. I love that there are four different Londons, and I’m super interested in learning more about Dead London, not gonna lie..

Also, another thing I won’t lie about is the fact that I found a tweet about Rhy being seen as Bruno Mars, and I can’t stop picturing him like that now. And I think that’s where I’ll end this review. With a nice Bruno gif. You’re welcome.

I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading this and happy reading!

  • I’m so glad you liked this one because …. I just ordered it! I ordered all three! Total Prime splurge. I can’t wait to get into this series.
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    • Olivia

      I have the first two books! But I haven’t managed to get around to get the third yet, but I hear its super good! I really hope that the second and third are as good as the first, it was amazing!