A Darker Shade Of Magic by V E Schwab
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.
I wasn’t blown away by this film like I thought I would be after all the hype I’d seen on Bookstagram. Although, saying that I still really enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to reading the next book. Why did I enjoy it? Well let me tell you.
I loved the way Kell and Lila bounced off each other, they worked so well together and Lila is so refreshing in the sea of stereotyped female characters that are naive and generally annoying. She’s sarcastic, funny, confident and brave and honestly one of my favourite female characters from the books I’ve read this year and probably over the last few years. Kell is good too, maybe a little egotistical but not overbearingly so which helps because he is a very good character even though he does make a few mistakes every now and then.
The book gives a new take on magic and of course the 4 Londons are very interesting, especially Black London. The idea of savage royals and dark magic that consumes you makes you want to read on and the characters are all good but I think the side characters all need a little development because the book mainly focuses on Kell and Lila so they’re the only ones who really get developed and I think that may be why I wasn’t completely wowed! Either way the story was good and the main characters were enjoyable but I hope there is more development for the other characters in the following books. I’m looking forward to reading AGOS and seeing what happens when Lila returns to Red London.
Awarded: 4.5 Stars
I really do hope the next book in this series is better but even if it’s of the same quality then I’m sure it will still be enjoyable.
Until next time, happy reading guys!