A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
V.E. Schwab
Star Rating
Reviewer's Rating
Nov 21, 2023

Summary: A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab is a captivating fantasy novel set in a world with parallel Londons, each existing in a different dimension and possessing varying degrees of magic. The story follows Kell, one of the last Travelers capable of moving between these Londons, who smuggles magical artifacts between the worlds. When a forbidden artifact from a dangerous London falls into his possession, Kell becomes entangled in a perilous conspiracy that threatens the very fabric of the multiverse. Alongside the thief Delilah Bard, Kell must navigate political intrigue, dark magic, and deadly enemies to save the worlds from impending chaos. Schwab's intricate world-building, well-developed characters, and a suspenseful plot make "A Darker Shade of Magic" a gripping tale of magic. 

Opinion: The most compelling aspect of A Darker Shade of Magic lies in Victoria Schwab's skillful crafting of a multi-dimensional world and the exploration of the diverse Londons within it. The concept of parallel universes, each with its own unique magical properties, adds a layer of complexity that kept me eagerly turning the pages. The characters, particularly Kell and Lila, are drawn with distinct personalities and motivations, making them engaging and memorable. The only disappointment I had was with the uneven pacing. I would recommend this book to fans of fantasy who appreciate rich world-building, dynamic characters, and a plot filled with twists and turns. If you enjoy stories that transport you to other realms and explore the consequences of magic, then A Darker Shade of Magic is a book you should read. I give this book a four out of five.

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