Friday, May 29, 2015

Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Publisher: Tor Books
Series: A Darker Shade of Magic #1
Pages: 400
Received: Received a copy from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: February 24, 2015
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Goodreads Synopsis:

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her 'proper adventure'.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped.

My Review:

Oh my gosh, V.E. Schwab will never fail me with her writing, I have yet to find something of hers that I don't love. It almost seems that they continually get better and better as she writes more, A Darker Shade of Magic definitely does not fail in entertaining anyone who reads it. This book was such an amazing book and I can't wait to get more from these characters.

This book was very dark with all the different worlds and the history of how each of these worlds are different and yet in a way the same. V.E. Schwab is able to bring to life everything about her stories, her characters and the world they each live in are very intriguing and it is a world you never want to leave. Kell is a "Traveler" and he is the last of his kind, a special type of magician that can get in between the different Londons, each London has a different view of magic, and very different royals watching over the city.

Kell has a dangerous hobby that if caught can get him in trouble, and yet it gives him a thrill and helps people get a taste of each of the different worlds that they will never see. I really enjoyed Kell's character because it is almost like he has something to prove in each of the worlds and that's why he does what he does. Then all of a sudden Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a very spunky girl from a different world.... This is when the story truly starts, as these two develop together over the course of the novel, yet also have some very amusing exchanges because they are both very sarcastic people and it really brings them closer.

There is so much danger as these two travel through the different worlds to save everyone, and this is just the adventure that Lila is looking for in her life. And I can say this was just the adventure I was looking for to get me back into reading after a bit of a slump. As the book continues, you slowly learn some history of Kell and how he got to where he is in life, and you see that Lila is not necessarily the hard person that she fronts for everyone around her... there is definitely a soft side to her, and I believe that there is so much for readers to learn about these two and so many more places for them to go in coming stories.

I honestly have to say that if you have not experienced a V.E. Schwab novel yet, than you must get on the train and pick up ALL of her books because she is a master storyteller that drags you right into the story and will never let go of your heart. 

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