Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Book Title: A Darker Shade of Magic
Author: V.E. Schwab
Book Series: Shades of Magic, #1
Reading Format: Audible Audio
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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.

This book was insane and a roller-coaster ride for me. I have been eyeing this book since I was introduced to V.E. Schwab after reading both This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet by her. After reading those two books, I was dying to get my hands on the rest of her books. However, I have been so busy with my work during the day that I chose to listen to the audio book, and it was the best decision that I have made. The narrator was so entertaining.

I found myself chuckling to myself while I was cleaning my house or just sitting outside. Not only did the narration make me laugh off and on, but the way the man did the voices for each character was spot on. The audio book for A Darker Shade of Magic was my first and favorite audio so far.

The setting for this book was right up my alley. I am beyond obsessed with anything that is set in the United Kingdom. I don’t care if it’s set in the past, present, or future, I will read anything that has to do with it. I am just that obsessed, and when you add a parallel versions of London. Um, yes. You have my attention yet again.

The characters are the second part of why I adore this book so much.

For Kell, you just can’t help to love him. Before I even picked up this book or even thought about reading it, I did hear this name multiple times, and I was so curious about it that I actually looked this book up after finding out the title, and I am truly happy that I did.

I am beyond excited to read the two other books in this series very soon.

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