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A Darker Shade of Magic - Review

Veröffentlicht am 10.02.2016

A darker Shade of Magic - Review


Author: V.E. Schwab

Published as a Titan Books edition: February 2015


For the ones who dream of stranger worlds



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.


Kell is kind of a smuggler and he get the job that he should smuggle something. And that thing is a black stone, a relic from Black London. Lila, who lives in Grey London, collide with Kell and steal the stone from him. She does not know how dangerous it is and that some people want it and nothing would stop them.


My opinion

It took a few day until I could really enjoy this books. Maybe because I didn’t read an english book for a long time, but I did not give up and it was worth it! First of all there were some fighting scenes which were described very well and they were not that long that it get boring. I did not know that V.E. Schwab was a woman (sorry) until I’ve read that her first name is Victoria because she is writing a guys perspective so well! The way she describes the feeling between the characters and how they interact… you could mean they were real. You can imagine how Lila is grinning at Kell and sometimes I have the feeling that Kell rolled his eyes at her. I love how she just say her opinion and it doesn’t matter what others think about her. She’s living in the moment and want to enjoy her live and I think she would be a great role model (apart from that she is a thief).

Kell fight for his brother even though Rhy is not is brother by blood but by heart and he don’t want to disappoint him by breaking his promise. I really like to read his pov and how he acts. I can understand him and that’s something I like because I often think why character act this way. I cannot say you will love the bad characters but they are very well worked out and I enjoyed reading them. The whole idea of the four versions of London and the role magic plays is amazing and it does not say that magic is just good. It says that magic is good when there is balance between humanity and magic and when magic is too powerful it will destroy the world.


My result 

I was really sad when I finished it and I’m really happy that there will be a second one. So I can recommend “A darker Shade of Magic” to everyone who loves fantasy, magic and who don’t need so much love in a book. The characters are badass and charming in their own way. It’s definitely a 5 of 5 stars books!

Hello guys!

My name is Lea and I am German, so I probably make some mistakes! 

My love for book started with the "Rubyred"-Trilogy by Kerstin Gier but if I would not have read "The Mortal Instruments" by Cassandra Clare I think my love would not be the way it is now.

My favourite books (no booklover can name only one fav book) are "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde, "The perfume" by Patrick Süskind, "The old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway and the "The Mortal Instruments"- Series by Cassandra Clare.


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