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


Guess what?

I started Shades of Magic trilogy! But…

The other two parts are yet to be released in Russian, so I’ll probably wait until it happens (which is soon, if we talk about A Gathering of Shadows), and I will be patiently waiting, because I’m 100% snatching a physical copy of the trilogy in Russian! Also same thing goes to ACOTAR series (and The Lunar Chronicles as well, if a re-print takes place in Russian publishing)


A Darker Shade of Magic
by V.E. Schwab

Rating: rating-4-stars
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Published: February 24th, 2015
(May 15th, 2017 for Russian edition)
Format: eBook

Synopsis: 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. (cr.: Goodreads)


Victoria is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say “tom-ah-toes,” “like,” and “y’all.”

She also tells stories.

She loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems. (cr.: Goodreads)


A Darker Shade of Magic is the first book in adult fantasy series called Shades of Magic, unveiling a story of four different Londons connected by magical walls, and only antari – magicians with special abilities – are able to travel between those layered Londons.


I don’t even know what words to use when describing my feelings towards ADSOM…


When I picked up the book, I was half excited, half worried: what if I end up not loving it like all other readers do? But nope, V.E. proved me wrong. IT’S SO GOOD!

Everything was so intense and quick, and I almost got lost between her Londons! One second we were feeling bored in Grey London, and the next one we’re running away in Red London! And then the next one we’re feeling dread from seeing Athos and Astrid… WOW. I’m definitely not that brave as Lila is, so it was really thrilling for me!

But I strongly felt that the plot resolved way too quick, and that I strongly need more of Shades of Magic! I hope A Gathering of Shadows will be released in Russian soon (expected to be around June-July), so I can’t wait until I can continue my adventures between Londons! Hope that A Conjuring of Light will be also translated soon this year to complete the journey~

Anyways, it’s still difficult for me to pick a favorite character yet, because the story in the first book ended way to quickly, and I couldn’t pay attention to characters that much. I hope the next two books will resolve that mystery for me, especially I wanna see more of Rhy.

I will immediately come back to this story once A Gathering of Shadows gets released in Russia 🙂



I guess, the majority of my followers already read this wonderful series, so please, without spoilers, answer a question: will it exceed my expectations when I finish it? Cause I really hope I can slowly get more book series onto my favorites list hahaha

Thank you for reading this, probably, expressionless review.

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