A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

3 stars 

“I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.” 

A Darker Shade of Magic is a book I’ve seen around a lot, and now that the third book is out I thought I would give it a shot. The fantasy genre is my first love, even though I review more romance and YA now. I found myself homesick for a wonderful fantasy novel and decided to give this one a chance. I enjoyed it, but something in it just didn’t quite click with me and I cannot put my finger on what it is.

In this book, there are 4 Londons. Grey, Red, White and Black. Kell has the ability to travel to 3 of them, since Black London has been forever cut off. Grey is closest to our real one, but 200 years ago. the other ones are more magically influenced. Kell is an ambassador of sorts, but what he also is, is a smuggler. One day, Kell gets himself into something way bigger than himself, and he’s the only one who can set it right.

“Sure I do,” countered Lila cheerfully. “There’s Dull London, Kell London, Creepy London, and Dead London,” she recited, ticking them off on her fingers. “See? I’m a fast learner.” 

This book is a fast and easy read, the writing flows really well. For some reason tho, I really didn’t connect with it and I don’t know why. I liked the characters, and the setting. But the plot seemed like one long exposition, setting things up for a future book and not really focusing on this one. I don’t know if that makes any sense.

I can see why readers love this book, it’s definitely a unique and original story and a great contribution to the fantasy genre. I just failed to connect personally to this book and probably won’t read the others in the series.

“You know so little of war. Battles may be fought from the outside in, but wars are won from the inside out.” 

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