A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

Kell is one of the last travelers--magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King--George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered--and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London--a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights ...

Details A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

TitleA Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)
Release DateFeb 24th, 2015
PublisherTor Books
Number of pages400 pages
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Magic, Adult, Historical Fiction, Audiobook, Adventure, Science Fiction Fantasy, Urban Fantasy

Reviews A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

  • Emily May
    Every night of the year, the market lived and breathed and thrived. The stalls were always changing, but the energy remained, as much a part of the city as the river it fed on. Kell traced the edge of the bank, weaving through the evening fair, savoring the taste and smell of the air, the sound of laughter and music, the thrum of magic. I'm already a Victoria Schwab fan after reading her good vs evil superhero urban fantasy novel - Vicious - so I...
  • Rick Riordan
    YA/adult Fantasy. There isn't just one London. There are, in fact, four cities sharing that name and geographic location, each in a very different plane of existence. The novel takes place in the early 1800s, when magical travel between the different Londons has been severely restricted. Long ago, the place called Black London underwent a massive magical accident -- a sort of implosion during which the forces of magic consumed the humans who trie...
  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)
    V.E. Schwab does it again! It amazes me how she continues to get better and better with each book she puts out into the world. I need the sequel ASAP.
  • Lola Reviewer
    “I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.” Isn’t it astonishing how upon our second readings of our favourite books, we discover so much more about our beloved characters and the world-building itself than the first time around?And so in consequence to my rereading of A Darker Shade of Magic in order to be fully prepared (memory-wise) for A Gathering of Shadows, I started seeing redeemable qualities in Delilah Bard, the fi...
  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    RE-READ UPDATE: So, in a startling turn of events, this book is even more insufferably perfect the second time round and I'm so in love with it I frequently forget WHAT AIR IS. I love Kell. I love his frown. I love his love for his brother. I love his smol fragile beginnings of a relationship with Lila. I love his bloody magic. I love his dark side.I LOVE THIS BOOK AND THIS WORLD AND THESE CHARACTERS SO MUCH IT HURTS JUST A LTITLE WHICH CAN BE TR...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    I sort of flew through this book.Or rather, I listened to the audiobook extremely quickly. I found the story interesting at first but it rapidly lost steam for me... The writing was great, but I didn't care much for the plot (which seems to be a pattern with Schwab's books for me, with Vicious being the exception). The concept of parallel Londons was really cool, but aside from that I didn't find it very interesting. I was also left wanting more ...
  • Regan
    4.5 solid
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    2/10/17 - ON SALE for $2.99: http://amzn.to/2kOKGXfReviewed by: Rabid Reads4.5 starsA DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC is one of those books that I needed to reflect upon before reviewing.As far as I can tell this happens to me for one of two reasons:1. It was awful, but in a way that confounded me, either b/c it was an author whom I love and trust and WTH happened? Or b/c my issue(s) is nebulous and thus has to be dissected to determine the root of the pro...
  • Katerina
    “As Travars,” he said. Travel. And oh boy, I did travel. I was covered in smoke, I tasted metal, I smelled roses, I wore a bizarre coat and I dreamed under a pale sky. But unfortunately, I did not feel.A Darker Shade of Magic had great potential. The world V.E. Schwab created is fascinating, full of magic and blood. There is Kell, an Antari, a blood magician who can travel between parallel universes, and Lila, a street thief who wants to be...
  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    *Upon a reread, my passion for this book stands. I love it so much. I can't believe I actually get to move on to book 2 this time. I JUST LOVE IT. My thoughts: "Now, think critically. There were one or two things you maybe didn't love quite as much as everything else. A 4.5 accurately sums up your feelings and shows you didn't think the book was absolutely perfect."My actions: *RUNS DOWN THE STREET SCREAMING "5 STARS OF PERFECTION" AT ANYONE WHO ...
  • Darth J
    An Overhyped Shade of MediocreBefore you jump down my throat, I didn’t hate this novel as much as I felt let down by it. Let me explain: it’s been hyped up everywhere and when that happens, expectations tend to run very high. Think back to when you were a kid and wanted something for your birthday so much and were so sure that you were going to get it; and even if you got plenty of nice things, the fact that you didn’t get the one thing you...
  • Hannah
    My spoiler free video review is now up!!: https://youtu.be/hINnk0eqj8I4.5 StarsAll I can say is WOW!That was incredible!! First off, the characters were FANTASTIC! Schwab is truly a master when it comes to crafting multidimensional, well rounded, and flawed characters. Rhy is so pure and precious. Kell deserves love and happiness. And Lila. Lila Bard is my new queen. This was truly one of the most realistic fantasy worlds I've ever read about. I ...
  • Natalie
    Magic was a living thing—that, everyone knew—but to Kell it felt like more, like a friend, like family. It was, after all, a part of him (much more than it was a part of most) and he couldn’t help feeling like it knew what he was saying, what he was feeling, not only when he summoned it, but always, in every heartbeat and every breath. He was, after all, Antari.*This review contains spoilers.*I just finished this book and my mind is all ove...
  • Petrik
    This is an unpopular opinion, if you’re easily offended, please don’t read this review.Okay, 3 stars is still a good rating but I think rating aDSoM 3 stars on Goodreads is like I’m an E.T who arrives in London. This is my sixth month on Goodreads and throughout that period, there are three series that always appeared on my feeds and probably everyone else. First, Six of Crows duology, second, anything that came out of Sarah J Maas’s head...
  • Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
    "As magis," I whisper, as I turn the final page to a close. More.Alright, so ignoring the fact that I completely just butchered their language with my google translate skills there (and the lack of any actual pages to be turned with my virtual copy), can I just say what a THRILL it was reading this book?V. E. Schwab's first installment of the trilogy opens doors -quite literally- to fascinating new worlds full of magic, mystery and mayhem. While ...
  • Kai
    “A life worth having is a life worth taking.”Wow. I'm stunned and I'm in awe.Incredible world-building, beautiful language and an intruiging plot make this 5 out of 5 stars. And let's not forget about the "cross-dressing thieves", "sadistics kings (and queens)" and my favourite the "royal who is equal parts Prince Harry and Jack Harkness". I love Rhy.This novel started as it ended: magical, sensational and breath-taking. It is as beautiful fr...
  • Candace Robinson
    So, the first time I tried to read this book, I quit. I just could not get into it. Maybe it was all the different London talk? I recently read This Savage Song and loved it, so I wanted to give this another shot. Normally, I don't change my mind about a book, but I did here!I loved the characters!!! Kell! Lila! Especially Lila, because she puts the A in awesome!!! Plus the freaking magic was a-a-mazing! Full review on my blog https://literarydus...
  • Clara
    ** 5+++ "BRILLIANT AND MARVELLOUS" stars ! **I actually first tried to read this book a few months back but couldn’t get into it and I now realize I was just not in the mood because I decided a couple days ago to give this another shot, and now I’m left wondering why I ever stopped reading it because THIS book right here is fantastic and I absolutely loved it !! <3 I now understand the hype about it which I think is totally legit ! Let’s fi...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
    Actual rating : 4.5 starsWhat do I think? WHAT DO I THINK? I feel like slapping myself in the face for not giving A Darker Shade of Magic a chance earlier. Thoroughly enjoyable and original, Kell and Lila's journey got me out of my reading slump faster than I could have dreamed.Let's find out why, shall we? First of all, let me tell you something : I am in awe of the multi layered and unique world building V.E. Schwab created, where darkness is s...
  • l a i n e y
    @ 17/2/5 rereading in anticipation of A Conjuring of Light••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Words... I need to find words...OK, I'm trying to write review for this *fantastic* book again...I loved this. Immensely. Best opening chapter  that I could recall reading which includes Kell's JACKET. That thing deserved a mention since it was truly a piece of art in and of itself. Glorious wo...
  • Jeff
    Ok. First things first... I have a pretty bad memory (just ask my wife), so factual errors ahead.(Come on grey matter, don't fail me now!)I loved this book. V.E. Schwab, if you happen to read this, you're an amazing author and I apologize for the travesty that is my review.So why, you might ask, is "A Darker Shade of Magic" on my list of "must read" books? In case you're as dense as a brick of gold bullion and haven't figured it out from the titl...
  • Anne
    3.5 starsThere was just something about this one that kept it from totally rocking, and I can't quite put my finger on what it was. It was good, just not (for me) great.Kinda dry maybe? Or I just didn't totally connect with the characters? Not sure.But it's still one of those books that I'm glad I read, and I'm actually really looking forward to reading more about this world/worlds that Schwab created. And I seriously mean that! There's something...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    4.5"The people in the street looked at him and moved away, out of reach, as if whatever was eating him was contagious. Which, of course, it was. Magic was a truly beautiful disease."Victoria Schwab's writing reminds me of my beloved XIX and XX centuries classics. It reminds me of the pleasure we seek and can find in a tale shaped according to the rules of the art of storytelling. It reminds me that reading is an act not performed by the eyes only...
  • Brad
    Well what can I say? It was so much better, in my humble opinion, than Vicious. Maybe it was just the fact that I didn't have to force a square into a circle in liking the characters in this book. Maybe I just love Lila's charm.This is the kind of love story I like. Gentle knives, running away from your world, being tempted by unlimited power and learning damn hard lessons. Oh wait, did I say it was a love story? No. It happens to *have* a love s...
    "Gray London is yours.Red London, which is mine. White London, which is Holland’s. And Black London, which is no one’s.""And why’s that?""Because it fell." A Darker Shade of Magic was the first book i read by V.E. Schwab. Needless to say, it was spectacular! If someone asked me what this book reminds me of, i would probably say Six of Crows, or The Raven Boys. Not because these three have anything in common, because they don't, not a thing,...
  • Sean Gibson
    Four Londons—one filled with magic, one craving it, one where it’s been forgotten it, one destroyed by it. Two men, capable of impossible feats, who can travel across worlds with blood magic.One young woman yearning for more, dreaming of a life beyond the hardscrabble existence she’s stuck in.So. Much. Potential.A Darker Shade of Magic is kind of like a king-size Butterfinger: the first bite is magic, melting on your tongue, suffusing you w...
  • Emma Giordano
    4.5 Stars!
  • Solomon Sanders
    “I'd rather die on an adventure than live standing still.” Buddy Read with the ever wonderful Maram. Thank you for reading this with me!!!!Thoughts:I actually really enjoyed this book and I adore Victoria Schwab's writing. She is a master at creating worlds and amazing characters. She bring such depth to both the world and the characters and it makes me jealous!!! But I had problems with one character in particular, and that was Kell. I do n...
  • Helen 2.0
    3.5 stars.The world was hers. The worlds were hers. And she was going to take them all.In A Darker Shade of Magic, there isn't just one London. There's four. More precisely, there are four parallel worlds who each happen to share basic geography and one city: London. There's Grey London - very close to our own world, set in the early 19th century. Home to Lila, a battered thief and aspiring pirate captain. Red London - vibrant and filled to the b...