Begin the New York Times bestselling Shade of Magic series with A Darker Shade of Magic, now in a beautiful collector's editionEnd papers featuring fan art
A glossary of Arnesian and Antari terms
An interview between author and editor
Original (never before seen!) tales from within the Shades of Magic world
Open a door to the epic fantasy trilogy that took the world by storm, with a hardcover, signed fanart edition of A Darker Shade of Magic perfect for readers new to the series and existing fans alike. With a revamped, metallic ink detailed cover and reading ribbon, this edition will also feature the following bonus material:
With his special ability to travel between parallel universes, Kell, the Red Traveler and magician extraordinaire, is, officially, the ambassador of the Maresh Empire, carrying monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Off the books, he smuggles magical artifacts between the worlds.
There's Grey London, a city devoid of magic and ruled by the mad King George III. Red London, abundant with magic and the home world to Kell and Rhys Maresh, the roguish heir to the throne. White London - a place where humans fight to gain control of magic and magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London.
When Kell stumbles onto a setup with a forbidden token from Black London, he must flee to Grey London. There he runs into Delilah Bard, a cunning thief, and begins a perilous adventure throughout the Londons.
About the Author
VICTORIA (V.E.) SCHWAB is the author of the New York Times
bestselling Shades of Magic series, as well as a number of MG and YA novels, including This Savage Song
. She has been called "the heir to Diana Wynne Jones." Her dynamic work has caught the attention of major TV and film studios. Schwab has a Masters degree in Art History from the University of Edinburgh. She currently lives in Nashville, TN, but frequents Edinburgh.
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"A Darker Shade of Magic has all the hallmarks of a classic work of fantasy. Its plot is gripping. Its characters are memorable. Its setting in four parallel, powerful Londons is otherworldly yet believable. Schwab has given us a gem of a tale that is original in its premise and compelling in its execution. This is a book to treasure." --Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of The All Souls Trilogy
"Compulsively readable...her characters make the book. Just as Kell has layers, Lila is a satisfyingly rich invention...With so many worlds on the map, there's plenty left to discover." --NPR
"A Darker Shade of Magic feels like a priceless object, brought from another, better world of fantasy books." --io9
"Schwab (Vicious) creates an ingenious set of nesting alternate Londons in this imaginative, well-crafted fantasy. Confident prose and marvelous touches-a chameleon coat, a scarlet river of magic, a piratical antiheroine-bring exuberant life to an exhilarating adventure among the worlds." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"A Darker Shade of Magic is smart, funny and sexy ... Schwab keeps the excitement coming with roller-coaster plot twists that establish her as, perhaps, the natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones's contemporary fantasy crown." --The Independent
"Fantasy fans will love this fast-paced adventure, with its complex magic system, thoughtful hero and bold heroine." --Kirkus Reviews