A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 27/02/2015
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A Darker Shade of Magic
One of my favourite fantasies this year
I was recommended this by a very reliable friend and I have to say she was not wrong! I loved this book! It would make a fantastic tvseries/film - the plot... READ MORE
Kirsty Mordaunt at Lincoln High St
A Darker Shade of Magic
Adventure, mayhem and world jumping magic! Spectacular!
A dark ,fantastic tale about good and bad magical power, parallel worlds, evil overlords and a rip roaring adventure to boot! It’s almost like a mad cross... READ MORE
Dan at Preston
A Darker Shade of Magic
Kell wore a peculiar coat
For me, this may be the most perfect book in existence for so many reasons. I can remember the excitement of finding this on a table back in 2015 and gaspi... READ MORE
Fiona at Sunderland
A Darker Shade of Magic
A book with many covers...
A fantastic mix of fantasy, magic and parallel worlds this book was written for me! It is truly mesmerizing. I cannot flaw V.E Schwab’s writing, it is capt... READ MORE
Jamie-Lee Turner
A Darker Shade of Magic
Magical Wonder
This is a refreshing superb read that I devoured in no time at all. I loved characters and changing worlds. There was an element of sadness when I finish... READ MORE
Dan at Cork
A Darker Shade of Magic
Magical Wonder.
This is a refreshing superb read that I devoured in no time at all. I loved characters and changing worlds. There was an element of sadness when I finish... READ MORE
Dan at Cork
A Darker Shade of Magic
Perfect mix of magic, an amazing world, well-built characters and a spot-on writing.
Wow. That was a wild ride. A Darker Shade of Magic was my first V.E./Victoria Schwab book, ever. I've heard about her adult and YA books for so long now th... READ MORE
Chloe at Leicester
A Darker Shade of Magic
Adventure and mayhem!
A Darker Shade of Magic was one of more heavily fantasy read I've read in a long time - and I fell in love with Schwab's world-building, which was absolute... READ MORE
Henna

Synopsis

Most people only know one London; but what if there were several? Kell is one of the last Travelers - magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel Londons. There's Grey London, dirty and crowded and without magic, home to the mad king George III. There's Red London, where life and magic are revered. Then, White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. But once upon a time, there was Black London...

  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781783295401
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 420g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130 mm

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A Darker Shade of Magic
A Brighter Shade of Writing
In a word, Wow. I bought this book on a whim, after overhearing one of the store assistants telling someone how much she enjoyed it. What grabbed my attend... READ MORE
Koizumi ESP
A Darker Shade of Magic
Mesmerising, vivid, dangerous and magical
I was sucked into the world(s) of ADSOM from the very first line - "Kell wore a very peculiar coat." By the characters and the storyline, but also by the a... READ MORE
Caroline
A Darker Shade of Magic
This accessible YA fantasy is complex, imaginative and completely engrossing
There are four Londons that connect the different world in A Darker Shade of Magic: Grey London (closest to the London we know), which is virtually devoid ... READ MORE
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A Darker Shade of Magic
Magic, Adventure and Glorious World Building
3.7 I'll admit I've definitely been putting off this series based on the high praise I've read. I didn't want to be disappointed and be that one person dra... READ MORE
Emma Canning
A Darker Shade of Magic
A World I Love
I have heard amazing things about this book and I wasn't expecting anything less, especially after reading Vicious by the same author. However, at the begi... READ MORE
Shannon Haggarty
A Darker Shade of Magic
Terrific story
This book has such a great story. The bool starts of slow but interesting and only gets better as it progresses picking up pace and action .The end is also... READ MORE
Amar Naab
A Darker Shade of Magic
Good, but is flawed
3.5 stars I feel like I’m the only one who didn’t love this book. I just didn’t get a feel for anything, but I thought the idea was unique and interestin... READ MORE
Natalie Bosworth
A Darker Shade of Magic
Amazing Characters!
Despite having read Schwabs works before and enjoyed it, I never considered picking this book up until it was recommended to me by my local independent boo... READ MORE
Jayde Warwick-Bowman
A Darker Shade of Magic
A new favourite!
It’s been a while since a book has caused me pain quite like this one did, and I’m glad to have chosen this book as my first of V. E. Schwab’s work. The wr... READ MORE
Charlotte S.
A Darker Shade of Magic
diverse & dynamic... simply fantastic
You will not be disappointed! A vibrant and vivacious world with exquisite characters and plot. I devoured this series in a week, and I could not recommend... READ MORE
Scarlett Vincent
A Darker Shade of Magic
Bold, Beautiful and heartbreaking
A Darker Shade of Magic has been on my TBR for a long time, and similar to A Throne of Glass I was a wee bit worried that it wouldn’t live up to the hype. ... READ MORE
Heather @justgeekingby
A Darker Shade of Magic
Stunning
This was the first read of the year and I loved it. It is still my top read of the year, along with the other 2 books. It was the first time I had ever rea... READ MORE
Amber Mallon
A Darker Shade of Magic
Amazing
Honestly, I think it’s the best fantasy trilogy on my bookshelf, and I have many! Loved it to bits!
Lilymay Dawson
A Darker Shade of Magic
Honestly, one of the best books i've ever read
This book has been on my 'to read list' for a while, and given that we're now in quarantine I decided to finally read it. I picked it up in store and the c... READ MORE
Annabel
A Darker Shade of Magic
absolutely amazing!!! so gripping, i was obsessed
i honestly took every opportunity to read this book, i was gripped from very early on. the short chapters make it so much more easy to read and less daunti... READ MORE
louisa jeans
A Darker Shade of Magic
Fascinating and intriguing
My second VE Schwab book, and I really enjoyed this one! The four Londons fascinated me, especially Red London - I want to be able to visit there! Kell and... READ MORE
Millie Slingsby
A Darker Shade of Magic
Fun and thought provoking
A one sit read for a rainy afternoon this tale will take you on an adventure for grown ups. The characters will draw you in and make you smile. Good tale t... READ MORE
Esta Siggs
A Darker Shade of Magic
amazing!!
it builds the different worlds better than any book i’ve ever read before! the characters are super well thought out and you slowly fall in love with them.... READ MORE
Sophie Rayner
A Darker Shade of Magic
Absolutely amazing!
Beautifully well written, and ridiculously well created world(s). Fast paced and thrilling, magic with a twist.
Talia Shire
A Darker Shade of Magic
Who Needs One Fantasy World When You Can Have Several?
Actual Rating: 4.5 ’“I'd rather die on an adventure than live standing still.”’ Exploring fantasy realms is undoubtedly one of my favourite elements of f... READ MORE
Charlotte Watkins
A Darker Shade of Magic
Magicians and mayhem galore in my new favourite Fantasy series
I love this book so much. V.E Schwab is quickly asserting herself as one of my all time favourite novelists, up there with the likes of Diana Wynne Jones, ... READ MORE
SimplyOneHellOfAReader
A Darker Shade of Magic
I devoured this book
V.E. Schwab has created a world so entirely original and alluring that I could hardly put this book down. The characters have depth and intrigue, and the s... READ MORE
Phoebe T