A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab


This book was really good. I was caught up in the story from the first few pages which isn’t something that happens too often. I do think that there were a few issues with the story which I’ll discuss but overall I really enjoyed the story.

This is a story about Kell who is an Antari, that basically means that he has a lot of magic within him and he can travel between the different London’s (Red, Gray and White). It was a really interesting premise which is what initially drew me to the story since I haven’t come across a story quite like it before. I thought the characters were written quite well and I am hoping that when  I start reading the second book in this trilogy I will see more of certain characters such as Rhy.

There were really two issues that I saw with this story and those are as follows. Firstly, there were a number of grammatical errors such as words that were not spelled correctly. This is a pet peeve of mine and it bothered me since books are supposed to go through a rigorous editing process before being published. The other problem I had was that there wasn’t a whole lot of world building. Certain things were explained but only partially and there were times that I had questions.

However, those two things didn’t detract from the story and I plan on starting the second book today or tomorrow. I think that overall this book was superb and if you like a fast paced fantasy book/trilogy than the Darker Shades of Magic books are for you.

If I were to rate this book I would give it a four out of five stars!







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