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A Darker Shade of Magic : A Darker Shade of Magic : Book 1 - V. E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic : Book 1

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Published: 27th February 2015
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From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic. Kell is one of the last Travellers magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes as such, he can choose where he lands. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there's Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire.

White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne 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 Traveller, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, 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 a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason.

About the Author

V.E. Schwab is the bestselling author of Vicious, which was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2013, an Amazon Best Book of the Year (as well as Best Book of the month), a semi-finalist in the Goodreads Choice 2013 Book Awards, and the ALA top pick for Fantasy for their 2014 reading list. It was also noted in various author best-of lists, from Laini Taylor to Chuck Wendig. She is also the author of The Near Witch, The Archived, and The Unbound.

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4.0

Great! A little different to your average fantasy.

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  • Engaging Characters
  • First in a trilogy
  • Page Turner
  • Suspenseful
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    • A day on the couch
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    • Travel Reading

    Comments about A Darker Shade of Magic:

    Easy reading when you don't feel like anything serious or literary texts that can sometimes be a bit difficult to read or depressing in their subject matter.
    Has a bit of adventure, a bit of romance and likeable characters.
    Nice to know the author has written a trilogy so you'll get to meet the characters again.

     
    4.0

    Fantastic read!

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        Comments about A Darker Shade of Magic:

        A Darker Shade of Magic was my first foray into Victoria Schwab's writing and I must say I was extremely impressed! The story flowed beautifully and once I wrapped my head around which London was which, the story became so much easier to follow and imagine.

        I loved the concept of parallel worlds all being accessible and the magic system that was used in each variation of London. Every part of this book was so clever and well thought out. I loved it!

         
        5.0

        MORE PLEASE

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        • Deserves Multiple Readings
        • Engaging Characters
        • Page Turner
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            Comments about A Darker Shade of Magic:

            I loved this book, I think this is a new favourite author!

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            5.0

            Almost Better than Throne of Glass

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            • Engaging Characters
            • Page Turner
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            • The Wait For The Sequels

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            Comments about A Darker Shade of Magic:

            I absolutely adored this book! Not available through my normal bookahop with th UK cover so was pleased to find it online! Arrived quickly and I read it just as fast! :-)

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            ISBN: 9781783295401
            ISBN-10: 1783295406
            Series: A Darker Shade of Magic
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 400
            Published: 27th February 2015
            Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
            Country of Publication: GB
            Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 2.6
            Weight (kg): 0.42