A Darker Shade of Magic Book Review

51ryevqlj9lTitle: A Darker Shade of Magic
Author: V.E Schwab

Blurb (GR): Kell is one of the last Antari, a rare magician who can travel between parallel worlds: hopping from Grey London — dirty, boring, lacking magic, and ruled by mad King George — to Red London — where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire — to White London — ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne, where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back — and back, but never Black London, because traveling to Black London is forbidden and no one speaks of it now.

Officially, Kell is the personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see, and it is this dangerous hobby that sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to take her with him for her proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save both his London and the others, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — a feat trickier than they hoped.

V.E Schwab, your my new favorite author. Forget about Cassandra Clare and Shadowhunters, I’m all about the Antari! I love, love, love, love, this book.


All the characters were so well-developed. I love them well, and while Kell is cool, Lila is my favorite of them all.




Lila  is my spirit animal. I felt connected to her than any of the characters in the book. What I loved about her as that, she has this tough personality no other girl protagonist ever seem to have. In a lot of books, there are girl protagonist that the author try to describe as tough, and strong. Yet, in my opinion they never end up as good as I expected. They seem like fake compared to Lila.

Another thing, I love about Lila is her uniquness, and the way V.E Schwab created her. From this book we do not know a lot about her. Her mom is dead, and her father sold her to a man who tried to rape her. Keyword: tried. That was Lila’s first kill. Lila is not a girl to be messed with. The little knowledge we know about her create’s a mysterious background, that just leaves us wanting to know about her. Lila grew up to be thief, stealing from the rich. The odd, but cool thing about her is that she likes to dress up as a man. Even when Lila is presented with girl clothes, she still prefers boy suits.

She has this strong perseverance  that I adMIRE.


Kell is a really good hero, but I felt like he was just Prince Rhy’s little cleaner-upper. That means he always has to be there for Rhy. Always has to be there to clean up his messes. So I felt like Kell didn’t have to this stuff, and could’ve just walked away.

What I like most about Kell is his modesty. Even though, he could be one of the most powerful magicians ever, he still doesn’t want people bow down to hi, in the streets. Yea part of the reason is because, he doesn’t like too much attention, but most of it is because he is modest.

But, I find some of his hobbies really dumb. If you have everything, why would you want to smuggle trinket’s form other forbidden worlds in the first place?


There are 3 worlds. Red London, White London, and Grey London. Red London is flourishing with magic. They are able to maintain magic. White London is a starving world without magic. The people of White London wants to bind magic under there control, and reek havoc.  Gray London is a world empty of magic. It is our London except the time period is when King George was ruling.There was a 4th world Black London, but it’s a fallen world overwhelmed by magic  Kell is an Antari, able to move between the world to deliver messaged for the monarchy’s, but his family is always in Red London.

The plot has everything a good fantasy novel should have. The perfect amount of adventure, and it did not lay heavy on the romance. There wasn’t even a lot of romance scene’s, only like 2. I find that good because seriously, a book like this really didn’t need romance.

There were a lot of plot twists here, that I could not  see coming. I’m a reader who read a lot of books, so I could pretty much tell what happens (the reason I don’t read dystopian books). But this left me running for my money. And I love that! I don’t want to spoil anything, but believe me it will leave you like “OH MY GOD!!”

The story in all was kind of slow to start with. The real action-packed adventure, because in the 100’s maybe, but DO NOT LET THAT STOP YOU! It’s still interesting because V.E is telling you more about the world.


Overall, the voice is pretty good. The mood is set for an adventure.



5 stars!

Happy Notes



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