A Darker Shade of Magic is my first taste of V.E. Schwab’s writing, and I just want to sink my teeth into more. It has been a very long time since I have read a fantasy book as amazing and incredible as this one.
If there was one thing that I REALLY loved and wanted to share with you – I didn’t get bored with any part of this. None of it. I was so intertwined in the story and so sucked in that I found myself just wanting more. Sometimes I find that books drag on and on with describing things or people. This one kept my attention each time it went into a long description. I wanted, no NEEDED, to know more about what every different London was like; how they each differed from the other. I wanted to know more into the lives of each and every character who was placed in front of me, even if they didn’t last the entire book. They kept me extremely curious and wanting to know more.
The world building was incredible. The idea of different Londons that appear different from one another was phenomenal. The magic is believable. There are no holes in the first book or any situations that leave you confused as to how things happened. I felt like everything was extremely well sewn together, and the end result was this being one of the best books I have read in a very long time.
Lila was one of the first female characters that I have REALLY loved in a long time. She didn’t stray away from who she was to think it would make people like her better. For example, the clothes she chose to try and get into the masquerade. She has always loved the sea and longed to be a pirate, so when she needed a costume that’s what she went for. Exactly who she was. She was strong willed and able to stand on her own feet. She wanted to make sure she repaid her debt to the one person who took the time to make sure she was okay, even if she knew she didn’t want to need that help. She wanted to stand strong on her own. I am really looking forward to finding out about what’s hidden inside though I already have some thoughts about it.
Kell has an interesting life with the king and queen. He is mysterious, and that is one of the strong points about him. He is that dreamy, swoon-worthy man in the books with the past that’s dark and full of questions. Those men happen to be the best. I really want to dive more into his past and see how his relationship develops with the king and queen into the second book. He saved his brother’s life in this book, bringing them closer together. ( In more ways than one. )
Rhy is a womanizer but he just makes me smile. I like him. He has to be my favorite of them all. I really hope I get to see more of him in the next book.
The second book is now out ( A Gathering of Shadows ) and I have it at home so keep your eyes peeled for a review of that coming soon!