A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic

Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. It's a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive.

Shades of Magic series
1. A Darker Shade of Magic
2. A Gathering of Shadows
3. A Conjuring of Light

Title:A Darker Shade of Magic
Edition Language:English

    A Darker Shade of Magic Reviews

  • 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 o...

  • Lola

    “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 ...

  • 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 earl...

  • Victoria Schwab

    I wrote this book, so I'm probably biased. Since it's early, and the full jacket copy isn't out, here's a list of things in ADSOM: –Magic–Cross-dressing thieves–(Aspiring) pirates–Londons (plu...

  • Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    I'm so glad I decided to re-read this before carrying on with the trilogy! There were SO many things I had forgotten. Can't wait to get to book two! V.E. Schwab does it again! It amazes me how she con...

  • Regan

    4.5 solid...

  • 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...

  • Miranda Reads

    “I'm not going to die," she said. "Not till I've seen it.""Seen what?"Her smile widened. "Everything.” Kell - one of the last Antari - is playing a dangerous game. Being an Antari, he travels be...

  • C.G. Drews

    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 hi...

  • 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, expect...