Friday, February 20, 2015

Book review - A Darker Shade of Magic

Title: A Darker Shade of Magic
Author: V.E. Schwab
Genre: fantasy
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pretty epic

Summary: There are four realities, linked by parallel Londons. Once, the way between them was open but now only travelers, supremely magical beings, can go between them. Kell is the Red Traveler. Officially he carries messages between realities. Secretly, he's a smuggler. It's this secret that gets him into trouble when he carries through a dangerous object that could see him executed for treason. Now Kell is on the run with Grey London thief Delilah Bard. To escape from treachery and the darkest magic, Kell and Delilah will have to travel between worlds, danger hard on their heels.

My Opinion: This is exactly what we like to see in a fantasy novel. Distinct worlds. Magic with strict rules that are carefully followed rather than changed to suit the plot. Fully fleshed out characters to the extent that even minor characters, those introduced only to die paragraphs later, have motivation. There is enough description to provide a sense of place but not so much as to become annoying. An excellent start to a new series.
More Information: A Darker Shade of Magic releases February 24.
Advanced Reader Copy provided by NetGalley

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