A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A 60 Second Review by Anne Brees
★★★★★ (4.50)
Genre – Young Adult Fantasy

Summary – Kell is one of the last Antari, a rare magician who can travel between 22055262parallel worlds: hopping from Grey London — dirty, boring, lacking magic, and ruled by mad King George — to Red London — where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire — to White London — ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne, where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back — and back, but never Black London, because traveling to Black London is forbidden and no one speaks of it now.

Officially, Kell is the personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see, and it is this dangerous hobby that 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 take her with him for her proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save both his London and the others, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — a feat trickier than they hoped.

Initial Thoughts – I had heard a lot of good things about this book, so I was really excited when I got it from my library.
Plot – ★★★★☆ This book took a while to pull me in. I’m not sure why; however, once it did pull me in, I enjoyed the plot a lot.
Characters – ★★★★☆ I never really connected with Kell. But, I absolutely fell in love with Lila.
Story world – ★★★★★ The story world was very well developed in this story. I loved learning about all the different cultures and the different ways they treated magic.
Style – ★★★★★ Schwab has a talent for descriptions. She described all the different Londons beautifully.
Closing Thoughts – While this book had a few minor things that kept me from falling in love with it, it was an intense read.
Recommendation – Recommended for lovers of magic, thieves, and adventure.

(summary and cover from GoodReads)
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