Review: A darker shade of magic by V. E. Schwab

Finished reading A darker shade of magic by V. E. SCHWAB

Title: A darker shade of magic
Writer: V. E. SCHWAB
Genre: #fantasy #youngadult
Length: pages 401
My rating: 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Version: Paperback


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.


Oh, the world, the world! And the mistakes the characters made and the humanity this book had. Very good 👍

Reading fantasy does not always mean that we love to read about unrealistically good heroes and this book proved it perfectly.

The main character Kell is full of self-doubt. He is young and still learning about the world where he lives. He has ideas of his future and how it will play out, but something happens like always 😉 He meets a girl who changes his perspective in life. What I am trying to say is that both main characters were believable. In the other hand and unfortunately, the bad guys were quite clear from the beginning and a little bit too predictable for my taste.

I was happy to find yet another perfectly made new world. Okay, the talk about London etc. was a little bit confusing at the beginning of the book but I accommodated fast. The creation of the parallel worlds was perfect and I truly enjoyed the book. I want to visit!

All in all, I gave this book four stars because there was nothing wrong with the story. It began fast and moved forward all the time. There were no slow places and the end folded nicely. The only thing missing was the deeper dimensions of the characters. The characters were believable but light. Just like they should be if the story would be massive but in this book, it was not so huge. So, few pages more and deeper level of personality and this would have gotten the five stars ☺️

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