A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade final for Irene

I’ve been hearing so much hype around this trilogy that I had to check it out. I don’t tend to gravitate towards fantasy novels in general but wanted to give this one a shot. The story enveloped me from the first chapter. There was enough mystery and wonder to compel the reader to want to read the book in one sitting. Four concurrent Londons? Magic in many different forms? Cunning thieves? A coat within a coat within a coat? Count me in!

Kell, with his mysterious origin story and fascinating use of magic while maintaining morality.

The charming, light-hearted Rhy, and the solid brotherly bond between him and Kell.

Delilah Bard, all-around bad ass.

Holland, with his dark, mysterious motives whilst serving the Dane siblings in White London.

MY ONLY PROBLEM WITH THIS BOOK [slight spoiler ahead] is the scene where Kell is talking to Lila about Astrid Dane. He says that Lila isn’t strong enough to take on Astrid. Lila retorts with, “Why, because I’m a girl?”…when Astrid is a woman herself. Lila’s indignant response in this scene didn’t make any sense.

I loved them all. Each character had motives that you couldn’t immediately decipher; the motives were very plausible and human, even in a fantasy setting. I look forward to seeing what trouble Kell and Lila get into next!

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