TITLE: A Darker Shade of Magic
AUTHOR: V.E. Schwab
SERIES: Shades of Magic #1
GENRES: Fantasy, Young Adult
PUBLISHED: February 27th 2015
PUBLISHER: Titan Books
Kell is one of the last travellers—magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city. There’s Grey London, without magic and ruled by the mad King George III. Red London—where magic is revered, and where Kell was raised alongside the heir to the empire. White London—where people fight to control the remaining magic and magic fights back. And once there was Black London…
Officially Kell is the Red traveller, carrying letters between the monarchs of each London. Unofficially he is a smuggler, a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences. His escape to Grey London leads to a run-in with Delilah, a cutpurse with lofty aspirations, who forces Kell to take her on a proper adventure. But perilous magic is afoot, and an adventure becomes a mission to save all of the worlds.
WHAT I THINK
Kell wore a peculiar coat.
It had neither one side, which would be conventional, nor two, which would be unexpected, but several, which was, of course, impossible.
So, a Darker Shade of Magic. I read from somewhere that if you like Harry Potter, you’ll like this book also. Well I love Harry Potter and for me these two don’t battle in the same league. Sure there’s magic in both of them, good and bad. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading this book but it was no where near HP. There still was some things I wished to have more and some things that was left unanswered. Obviously, there’s two more books in this trilogy.
Characters: I loved Lila! She’s a woman but she does not dress like other ladies. Instead she wears what she wants, men’s clothes! You know I think that she is one of the characters that I can mostly relate with. And beside that, she’s pretty badass. She did some growing in this book but somehow I was left to want a little bit more of that. Also I do have my suspicions about her but that’s left for me to discover in the next too books, right?
Kell and the other characters were a bit meh. I didn’t care much of them, just enough to finish the book. I do hope that Kell would man up in the next books.
World building was pretty bland. I mean there is four different Londons present in this book and those are constantly being talked about. I would have loved to know more about them. What they look like, what is there to see and all that. Grey was described dull, Red was well red and flourishing, White was a dangerous place and Dark forbidden, dead.
The story itself was good, I enjoyed my time reading it and I think I’ll read the other two at some point too. But there was just so many things left unanswered! Sure, there needs to be something to write about in the next two books but still, I feel those were pretty big things to leave as a secret.
As for the ending I feel like this could be a standalone with super big holes in it, left for the reader to decide what’s happening. There’s of course the things mentioned before that were left unanswered and pretty sure those are somewhat the subjects for the next books but meh. This book ended like it was a standalone. I would have been completely satisfied with that.