A Darker Shade of Magic

(Shades of Magic #1)

Hardcover, 400 pages

English language

Published Sept. 10, 2015 by Tor.

ISBN:
9780765376459

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4 stars (41 reviews)

STEP INTO A UNIVERSE OF DARING ADVENTURE, THRILLING POWER, AND MULTIPLE LONDONS.

Kell is one of the last travelers--magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magic city.

There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad king--George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered--and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London--a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, ambassador of the Maresh Empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. …

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Review of 'A Darker Shade of Magic' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

A breezy, fun adventure with some nice urban fantasy-ish world building on the side. It didn't ever grab me like other fantasy series can, and I felt the supporting cast didn't get as much development as I'd have liked, but it was an overall good time, the magic was fun and I found myself reading more than I intended as the chapter lengths were short and I could easily read one or two more than I'd originally planned before bed.

Review of 'A Darker Shade of Magic' on 'Goodreads'

No rating

I think what made this book work for me were the relationships between characters.
The first thing I remember hearing about this book was the setting, which was nice, but what made those adventures not empty was the way characters treated each other and were in turn treated by others.
The magic is on the soft-ish side in this one, but it doesn't quite feel like anything could happen, it does have some rules.
I really enjoyed it.

Review of 'A Darker Shade of Magic' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I've been really struggling with my reading the last couple of months and I can't figure out exactly what's gone wrong. Initially I thought the problem was too much - I read over 100 books last year; always had an audiobook going in the car or on a walk and my nose near an e-reader the rest of the time. I had set aside all of my own thoughts because I wasn't happy enough with them. Replaced them with something a little less painful.

I still think that's a part of what's wrong with my reading. But maybe a larger part is the quality of the writing and the lack of innovation. I want to read something that doesn't remind me of anything I've read before and it's so frustrating to be unable to find it. It leads me to unhappy literature and non-fiction. “All happy families are alike; each …

Review of 'A Darker Shade of Magic' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

One of the best fantasy stories I've read in a good long time. A story of parallel Londons struggling to survive after one of them succumbs to a dark force. I love the way certain facts are alluded to that could be answered in a sequel, but the story stands alone with its ending being the beginning of a new adventure. Wonderful writing.

Review of 'A Darker Shade of Magic' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

After reading the first half of the book, I would have given 4 stars. But after the second half, I want to give 100 stars - so it ends up with 5 stars.

What an extraordinary read! This is how a book should be! We have fantastic characters, especially Lila is great. Her kick-ass attitude and her lifesaving skills are impressive. Also the story is special: several Londons, different worlds, magic! I'd love to see a film out of this book, I'm sure it would be a blast.

The book starts slowly, introducing the world, setting and characters. I was a bit confused about the belonging of characters to the different Londons, but as the story speeds up, all confusion left me. Suddenly I found myself forgetting to breath. What suspense!

So, what now? Actually the story ends in a good way, you could stop reading. But well, I want …

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