Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Darker Shade of Magic

By: V.E. Schwab
Location: FIC SCH
Genre: Fantasy

"A RATHER BRILLIANT NOVEL"

“And so Kell—inspired by the lost city known to all as Black London—had given each remaining capital a color.
Grey for the magic-less city.
Red, for the healthy empire.
White, for the starving world.”


V.E. Schwab creates and weaves a world that the reader is quickly pulled into. Some fantasy authors lump information in their world building, while others don't give enough. Schwab made her world building a true treat to the senses as the gloomy, smoke filled streets of Grey London to the vivid rich filled magical world of Red London to the ash,cold and pain filled White London. Each builds onto the other as closely as they are connected to the other by a "traveler" Kell.

–Magic

–Cross-dressing thieves

–(Aspiring) pirates

–Londons (plural)

–Sadistic kings (and queens)

–A royal who is equal parts Prince Harry and Jack Harkness

–More magic (blood magic, elemental magic, bad magic, etc. etc.)

–Epic magicky fights scenes

–Angst!

–And coats with more than two sides

This book was exactly what I wanted it to be and more. It constantly kept me on my toes with the fast, suspenseful pace, amazing magic system, some of the best world building I’ve experienced in a long time, wonderful and interesting characters, and an absolutely brilliant story. There was not a single aspect of this book that I didn’t like, besides the fact that it had to end at some point, and I would recommend it to everyone. The only problem now is I’m wondering if I've waited long enough to re-read it.
Thanks to Bookalicious from Goodreads.cm

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