A Darker Shade of Magic - V. E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic

By V. E. Schwab

  • Release Date: 2015-02-24
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 518 Ratings


A Darker Shade of Magic, from #1 New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab

Kell is one of the last Antarimagicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in ArnesRed Londonand 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.

"A Darker Shade of Magic has all the hallmarks of a classic work of fantasy. Schwab has given us a gem of a tale...This is a book to treasure."—Deborah Harkeness, New York Times bestselling author of the All Souls trilogy

Shades of Magic series
1. A Darker Shade of Magic
2. A Gathering of Shadows
3. A Conjuring of Light

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  • One of the best series I ever read

    By //chris\\
    The story is so original and the magic system is amazing. You’ll fall in love with the characters and the world VE Schwab has created.
  • A Darker Shade of Magic

    By Hobbs3girls
    An excellent book and an even more excellent series. This series has been one of my favorite to read thus so far. The first book perfectly entrances you in the story of the main characters and does an even better job in the second and third book. The characterization is incredible and I felt deeply attached to all of the characters by the end.
  • Surprising in the best sense

    By ••georgian••
    As one of my favorite authors, i had high hopes for V.E. Schwab going into this book but was thoroughly impressed nonetheless. Somehow, this wonderful woman made me feel like i was right there beside Kell the whole time. The world is masterfully built, the characters have true to life complexity, and the plot is refreshingly new though it maintains the best features of other popular fantasies. Though I did like Vicious better, this book is a treat.
  • Good book

    By Icekoldsole
    The writing is well crafted, and keeps the reader interested. Sometimes foreshadowing seems a little on the nose, but overall an enjoyable read.
  • Fun, light read

    By shaketeachmd
    If you are looking for a unique take on the world of magic, this is a good place to start. The novel's pacing is brisk and the characters intriguing. It is not a complex story, nor is it very deep; however, it never tries to be. It is fun to read, which is exactly what I wanted.
  • living!!!

    By sonseungs
  • Fantastic!

    By Rona Kennedy
    Fantastic book! The setting in the various Londons is so creative and the rich details of each London and their differences are so tangible. I feel like I know the characters like I would my close friends. I was totally captivated by the the characters, the story and challenges they faced and the incredible worlds created in each London. Bravo! On to book 2!
  • Read this book

    By Starfire8181
    I really loved this book. I haven't read anything by Victoria Schwab before, but I had heard good things about A Darker Shade of Magic and decided to give it a try, and to make it my bookclubs book of the month. I was really happy that there was a male protagonist, as much as I love my YA and NA, I can only spend so much time in the minds of teenage girls before I need a break; and this book is a much needed break. I really enjoyed that fact that the majority of the book is from Kell's perspective. I also appreciated reading Lila's perspective. I found her character to be fun, and spunky, and just enough kickass to be believable. While some may find the lack of character development to be an issue, I feel that we learn just enough about the characters in this first book; if it were a stand-a-lone then it might be a problem, but as there are going to be more books it was perfect. I like that we learn about the characters slowly, and that their own lives are as mysterious to them as they are to us, the reader. I can't wait to find out the unknowns along with them. This was a wonderful book and I can not wait for the next one to come out. Sidetone ***I am hoping that there are no love triangles in the next book, please no love triangles, I am so tired of the love triangle.***
  • Great Read!

    By Jaser6
    This book was satisfying read from beginning to end. It's a tale I will not forget and journey that I can not wait to embark on again!
  • A solid ya book, charecters could have been better

    By Wear146
    It is a good ya adult book with an interesting setting, I was however disappointed with the apparent degree to which the main charecters lacked critical thinking skills and found the female sidekick to be obnoxious for most of the story.