A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic

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London is the link between parallel universes, and magician Kell is one of two Travelers who can move between them. Now something sinister is disturbing their equilibrium, and Kell must try to unravel the plot with only feisty street thief Delilah Bard as an ally.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765376459
0765376458
Branch Call Number: SF SCHWAB
Characteristics: 400 pages ; 22 cm

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ArapahoeJenny Feb 11, 2018

Excellent world building in this thrilling fantasy about a young magician. Great set-up for the rest of the series!

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ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

Travel between worlds, a cross-dressing pirate, and a misanthropic magician. What could possibly go wrong? Answer: EVERYTHING

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ArapahoeKayla Jan 17, 2017

A book that instantly grabs you and holds on! There's a lot to this world, or I should say worlds that Schwab introduces but she does so in such a way that it's easy to grasp and follow along with her version of magical rules. Interesting and unique character dynamics and a plot full of adventure... Read More »


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IndyPL_ShelbyP Dec 05, 2018

Wow this is a really creative setting! I was intrigued the entire time about the magic and the inter-dimensional travel throughout this book. The characters and the plot was exciting to read and I already have some theories about what the next books will have in store. Can't wait to get them on hold!

Hillsboro_BrianS Oct 30, 2018

Thrill-a-minute magic and swashbuckling adventure set in not one, not two, but THREE richly imagined, alternate-reality Londons. If Dickens and Tolkien had collaborated on an episode of Doctor Who, it might have looked a little something like A Darker Shade of Magic.

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rapunzel454
Jun 16, 2018

I enjoyed this book of magic and adventure. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a good fantasy story, if you can put up with the author's writing style. The rest of the series is not as good.

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cleverevans
Apr 09, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. It’s well written, and the rules of the world work really well. I love the idea of multiple Londons. If you like fantasy, I recommend it.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 22, 2018

I don’t usually like fantasy novels, but I picked up this book anyways. (the cover art attracted me if I’m being honest.) As soon as I started reading, I was pulled into this massive world. There is so much detail that you can clearly picture the scene in your mind. Sometimes, however, it felt like the detail dragged on just a bit too long, but perhaps the detail was necessary. The characters are easily loveable and relatable, and you find yourself rooting for them from the beginning. The story is so unique and interesting, and has a great blend of politics, fantasy, and danger. High hopes for the rest of the series! Rating: 4/5
- @mae of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

ArapahoeJenny Feb 11, 2018

Excellent world building in this thrilling fantasy about a young magician. Great set-up for the rest of the series!

ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

Travel between worlds, a cross-dressing pirate, and a misanthropic magician. What could possibly go wrong? Answer: EVERYTHING

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BaronNumNums
Nov 25, 2017

I'm afraid 'A Darker Shade of Magic' is what you get when your author has a number of interesting ideas but little to no desire in telling an actual story. The result is a collection of interesting ideas but a decidedly dull, empty story and world(s) overall.

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humbleworm
Oct 15, 2017

You may detect the faintest echoes of influence from Gaiman's Neverwhere, Tolkein's LotR and Lewis' Magician's Nephew. The concepts of elemental magic, parallel worlds out of balance, confluence points and mundane items as tokens are also not new but Schwab fits them together into a universe that doesn't feel derivative and needs little further explanation. It is a minor detail hardly mentioning but Kell's multi-reversible coat reveals a lot about the author's imagination. Note that Schwab's subsequent books are published as V.E. instead of Victoria.

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kwsmith
Jun 25, 2017

London during the 1800's is a dull, gray place. A reckless young thief named Lila dreams of escaping the city to grand adventures. One day she meets Kell, a young magician who can travel between parallel worlds. Kell comes from a version of London where magic is very real and very fabulous. But there are other versions of London where magic is dark and dangerous and Kell is in great danger. Sounds like an adventure to Lila!

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PayetteStAmour
Nov 13, 2016

Other: There is an attempted rape scene early on in the novel.

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PayetteStAmour
Nov 13, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: People being turned into monsters, the main villains torture multiple characters throughout the book.

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PayetteStAmour
Nov 13, 2016

Sexual Content: There is a vaguely detailed sex scene.

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PayetteStAmour
Nov 13, 2016

Violence: Several fight scenes, a lot of death.

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PayetteStAmour
Nov 13, 2016

Coarse Language: Several curse words are used throughout, including the f-word.

mvkramer Apr 28, 2016

Violence: Torture, magic battles, and lots of stabby-stabby.

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