Thursday, March 10, 2016

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab ( and Signing Event)

Title:A Darker Shad of Magic
Author: V.E. Schwab aka Victory Schwab
Release:February 24th 2015
Rating:★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Pages: 398
Format: Hardback
Where to find it:
Series: Yes - Shades of Magic
Summary: Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit. Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now. Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her 'proper adventure'. But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped. (goodreads)

I really, really, enjoyed this book. From the way it was written to the characters. The idea of the world was so interesting. That is what pulled me into the story at the beginning. Apart from being written by Victoria Schwab. Vicious is one of my favorite books and I wanted to give a go to something else she as writing and I was not disappointed at all.

The idea of alternate realities always fascinated me in a story. Having alter egos. It's just amazing. (I still need to find a book that has that in it) But this one was different and it even made fun of that in a scene of the book. "How is the other me in your world?" (not direct quote but along those lines). This books is different in that aspect. It's not like The Flash (if you are a comic book nerd you will know but if you don't. In the flash there is alternative realities, with alternative versions of the same character) of in any Marvel and DC comic book. In this world created by Schwab there is only one you. The only thing is that they exist in different realities.

I love that it play with the concept of journey through those world but only a selected few can do that and the idea of blood being the key made it even more interesting. I loved it. Blood is the key to life, to magic.

I really recommend for readers to give this book a try. It's an action pack book that never stops. You are invested to the characters from the beginning. I love how the characters are called out on their weakness through the book. I also love how amazing it plays with the idea of magic within the worlds. Can't wait to continue this story and how it will hurt and twist my heart in the process.

I also got the chance to go to a signing event for Victoria (V.E.) Schwab. She is such a wonderful person and can't wait to read more books written by her. Her talks are so interesting. The turn out was amazing and she was not alone she was with good company of other authors. I hope to see her again at Wonder Con this month.



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