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

This post has my personal opinion and you are invited to provide any comments at the end.

How I got the book?

I found out about this book after I read “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue”, I was looking for other books to read written by  V.E. Schwab found out about the Trilogy “Shades of Magic” and it was like hitting the jackpot! I immediately went to my local bookshop and got the first two books.

The two main characters are Kell, one of the last Antari, who are rare people with the unique magical ability to cross through all the parallel Londons, crossing between the Red, Grey, and White (and once upon the Black) Londons.  He is also a smuggler who crosses items from world to world, which of course is illegal, and Delilah Bard, from Grey London, who is a wanted petty thief dreaming of adventure, and freedom.   Their destinies are intertwined and together they manage to save Kell’s Red London from a terrible plot to be overpowered by the King and Queen of White London.

Yes! It is that cool! I was submerged by the adventure, the uniqueness of the plot with the different worlds, the magic sipping through the different worlds, the impressive strength of Delilah as a survivor that has not lost the ability to dream and hope for adventure and freedom, and of Kell, his gentle manner, his loyalty and love for his world, and his need to believe that he is something more than just an Antari and a messengers between the parallel worlds.

My Personal Opinion:

This book captivated me from the very beginning. The immense impact of the Latin Music is clearly visible in

This book captivated me from the very beginning. I honestly did not know what the plot was and I started reading having no clue what to expect, and I was submerged in the plot from the start.  As my brain tried to make sense of the words, and tried to project the crossing between worlds, I was totally sold on the adventure.  Once Delilah’s character was introduced, I immediately took a huge liking of her strength, determination, fearless heart, and unyielding goal to survive, not just by getting by, but by dreaming of adventure, her lack of fear of the unknown captivated me.  

The author takes its time with its characters, presenting them strong in their personalities, strengths, and weaknesses.   You immediately feel who characters can be trusted, and just like that, which characters you need to keep a closer eye, distrusting their words and actions.  Also there are many moments in the book in which big and important actions are taken, and the author allows you to be part of it, to feel that we are in Kell or Delilah shoes, you fear for them, you hope the best for them, you give a high five to the air when they get away from the danger, and you get consumed by the story when they are caught and in danger.

The Highlights of the Book:

The highlight of the book is its content. The choosing of the songs and the artists that were interviewed and provided their view of the song and how it was created.  It is the perfect combination of Latin Music and HThe highlight of the book is its content. The plot, the worlds, the magic, the characters, it all just merged into a great adventure that you are part of. You wish you could have Delilah’s fearless determination and Kell’s resolved loyalty and kindness.   I can’t wait to start on book number 2# and two chapters into this book I have already bought the third book!.

The Negatives:

The book, although the content is incredibly interesting from all angles, the writing can, at times, let me wishing for more specifics, I had the same feeling when I read “The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue”,  although I enjoyed the plot, and the characters, and its development, the writing at times can be a bit rushed.

Information as found in Amazon:

  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication Date: 01/19/2016
  • Category: Fiction,  Phantasy
  • Language: English

What are you reading right now? What book would you recomend me? Would you like a personal review to a book? Let me know! I am always looking for recommendations and suggestions to add to my reading list.

Enjoy reading!!!

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