AfroBoricua Reads Book Reviews: A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1) by V.E. Schwab 

Summary: Kell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city.
There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.
Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. 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. .
Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, 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.

My Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Recommendation: Yes, I would recommend this book!

Disclosure: Borrowed from my local library. No spoilers.

 I almost DNFed this book, I’m so glad I didn’t. The reason I almost dropped it was, very slow to me in the beginning. But after the first 100 pages it picked up for me and I was in. 

This is my first V.E. Schwab/Victoria Schwab book ever so I was excited because I had heard so much about her and now I know what the hype is. 

She built this amazing world and fantastical characters that are some of the most fleshed out characters I’ve read in a long time. It was so fun to switch back and forth between Lila and Kell, two characters who are so different yet alike in many ways. 

One problem I had with this book, (I don’t know if it’s even a problem I just didn’t like it) was White London. I just absolutely hated everything about that place, it gave me the creeps. 

This was really my first foray into an Adult Fantasy series that I actually plan on finishing. I loved this book and the writing style it was brilliant and I can’t wait to read the sequel!


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