Rating: 5 stars
I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still
Kell lives in Red London, Delilah Bard in Grey London, there is White London and once you had Black London. Kell is a traveler, a powerful magician who can travel between worlds. He is one of the few who can travel between the different worlds by blood magic. Kell lives in the palace, in Red London, with the king and queen and his “brother” Rhy. Apart from his life as a royal, he is also a smuggler. A hobby with dangerous consequences.
When an exchange goes wrong Kell flees to Grey London. He now holds a stone that is not as ordinary as it looks. Grey London is the only place without magic. The one where Delilah Bard lives. Kell and Delilah meet each other when she robs him and after that saves him. She forces Kell to take her to another world, for she is one that seeks adventure, and adventure she will have.
Magic is dangerous and the world contains even more danger than they expected. Treachery lies in every corner. To save the world, staying alive is essential.
“I’m not going to die,” she said. “Not till I’ve seen it.”
Her smile widened. “Everything.”
A Darker Shade of Magic is a story about magic, but one with a different look at it. The world Schwab build is perfectly made. It’s complex, but uncomplicated at the same time. She writes very smoothly, the story is fast-paced. I would’ve read this in one day if I had the time.
Kell and Delilah (Lila) have an amazing chemistry. They’re one of my new favourite duo’s. Lila is a character I grew fund of real fast. She’s straight forward, adventurous and has the proper amount of humor. Kell is different from her, because he has seen the world in a different way and together they are interesting to read about.
Every London has its rulers and the ones from White London are sinister and dark. That sinister and dark part are two things I loved about them. I always wanted to know more about them, to know where that darkness comes from.
“The bodies in my floor all trusted someone. Now I walk on them to tea.”
Fantasy is my most favored genre, but not an easy genre because to me world building is everything. Luckily Schwab did a great job on that. I would love to explain how the universe of the different London parts work, but I’m going to leave that for the reader to discover. It got me a little confused at first, but it becomes clear as the story continues. Victoria Schwab made the unbelievable believable. Plus, I want to have Kell’s coat which can change depending on how he wants to look.
An adventurous, fast-paced fantasy book. What more do you need?