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
Characteristics: 400 pages ; 22 cm

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MissMellissa Feb 03, 2017

I'm quite enamored with the characters and the world that has been created. I found myself wanting to slip between worlds and explore Red London for myself. I felt the cold oppressiveness of White London and the mystery that is Black London. I am eagerly awaiting her third installment, set to co... Read More »


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ArapahoeTiegan Apr 28, 2019

I was intrigued by the idea of 4 parallel Londons that reside in 4 very different worlds with London being the only city named the same, even if the country London is in is named differently. I was also intrigued by the idea of Black London having fallen and the other Londons having closed themselves off from each other as a result. However, the danger that was presented in the story as a source of plot was semi-lacking. I felt like I would have rather read more about the different worlds and their cultures. There wasn't near enough of that for me. I also wished there had more of the history of magic, an explanation of how it works. But learning that V.E. Schwab also writes YA as Victoria Schwab, makes the holes make a bit more sense to me. This would not be a bad YA crossover. It is also nice that this first book in a trilogy could stand on its own. There are still some questions to answer, but one does not need to read book two if they don't want to, there were enough loose ends tied up that this book on its own was satisfying.

ReadingAdviser_leni Feb 21, 2019

Wow! Just wow! Loved this! I am totally going to re-read it before I continue in the series. There was just so much going on that I'm sure I missed things.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Jan 31, 2019

​This one has been on my to-read pile for a pile, and I'm so glad I finally got around to it. I love the fictional world Schwab created here -- this book is the first in a trilogy, and each volume delves deeper into this fantasy version of London, and also offers incredibly nuanced layers of character development. There are not one but TWO romantic subplots that are really great and in which I got incredibly emotionally invested, and this has definitely motivated me to check out more of V.E. Schwab's books.

IndyPL_ShelbyP Dec 05, 2018

Wow this is a really creative setting! I was intrigued the entire time about the magic and the inter-dimensional travel throughout this book. The characters and the plot was exciting to read and I already have some theories about what the next books will have in store. Can't wait to get them on hold!

Hillsboro_BrianS Oct 30, 2018

Thrill-a-minute magic and swashbuckling adventure set in not one, not two, but THREE richly imagined, alternate-reality Londons. If Dickens and Tolkien had collaborated on an episode of Doctor Who, it might have looked a little something like A Darker Shade of Magic.

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rapunzel454
Jun 16, 2018

I enjoyed this book of magic and adventure. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a good fantasy story, if you can put up with the author's writing style. The rest of the series is not as good.

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cleverevans
Apr 09, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. It’s well written, and the rules of the world work really well. I love the idea of multiple Londons. If you like fantasy, I recommend it.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 22, 2018

I don’t usually like fantasy novels, but I picked up this book anyways. (the cover art attracted me if I’m being honest.) As soon as I started reading, I was pulled into this massive world. There is so much detail that you can clearly picture the scene in your mind. Sometimes, however, it felt like the detail dragged on just a bit too long, but perhaps the detail was necessary. The characters are easily loveable and relatable, and you find yourself rooting for them from the beginning. The story is so unique and interesting, and has a great blend of politics, fantasy, and danger. High hopes for the rest of the series! Rating: 4/5
- @mae of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

ArapahoeStaff11 Feb 11, 2018

Excellent world building in this thrilling fantasy about a young magician. Great set-up for the rest of the series!

ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

Travel between worlds, a cross-dressing pirate, and a misanthropic magician. What could possibly go wrong? Answer: EVERYTHING

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PayetteStAmour
Nov 13, 2016

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

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PayetteStAmour
Nov 13, 2016

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

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Nov 13, 2016

Sexual Content: There is a vaguely detailed sex scene.

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Nov 13, 2016

Violence: Several fight scenes, a lot of death.

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PayetteStAmour
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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