Thursday, May 5, 2016
A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)
author: V.E. Schwab
average rating: 4.03
book published: 2015
read at: 2016/05/05
date added: 2016/05/05
I read 'A Darker Shade of Magic' by V.E. Schwab for my book club. The premise, about a man with a many sided coat, who can travel between alternative Londons hooked me in.
Kell is an Antari, and a rare thing at that. This allows him to travel through versions of London. He's not supposed to carry anything between worlds, but the royals use him as a courier, and he makes a few coins selling oddities. When he's handed something that doesn't belong in the Londons that he visits, he finds himself of the run and in need of help from an unlikely source.
Delilah Bard just wants to captain her own ship. The problem is that goal seems like a long way away. To get by, she picks pockets and disguises herself to fool the law. When she helps Kell, it sets her on an adventure she probably never dreamed of.
At first, it felt like it might be a YA novel with it's light tone and interesting gimicks, but it quickly turned into something a bit more serious as the blood flowed and the bodies dropped. It's the first book in a series, but it stands alone fine on it's own (something I've heard the second book does not do). I liked it quite a bit.
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