Wednesday 26 November 2014

WoW #36: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Expected publication: February 24th 2015

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From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic.

Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes—as such, he can choose where he lands.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne—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, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, 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—a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, who first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—and that is proving trickier than they hoped.

A personal ambassador who is really a smuggler? Parallel dimensions? Multiple Londons? Lots of magic? Said smuggler was out swindled?? Yep, I’m sold! I love the concept, and I kinda need to know what happened to Black London! Plus, I love the cover, so that’s always a nice bonus! My only little reservation is it seems like there could be lots going on all at once… *fingers crossed* it doesn’t become an issue.

What do you think of A Darker Shade of Magic? What books are you waiting on this week?


  1. Hmm, tempting....and way out of my comfort zone, but sometimes those are the most memorable reads. Enjoy! And thanks for sharing.

    Here's mine: “NIGHT NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT”

  2. This DOES sound really interesting! I don't read a whole lot of non-YA fiction, but I'd definitely break away for this one. I'm glad you shared, because that cover never would have caught my attention! I hope you enjoy it!

    Here's my WoW!

  3. I haven't read anything by this author but this one sounds interesting :)

  4. Yes a new Victoria Schwab book that cannot be missed!

  5. OOh nice! Seeing this around a lot! Hope you love it too!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  6. OH MY GOSH, I did my WOW about A Darker Shade of Magic, too! :) I can't wait for it to come out!!! EEK! I read a couple chapters of the Preview and it seems AWESOME!!!!! <3 I WANT THIS SO BADLY!! ARGH!! :D

    Here's my Waiting on Wednesday (A Darker Shade of Magic):I Would Kill For This Book (WOW #6) @ My Little Corner For Books

  7. WHAT I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THIS BOOK. I think I need this in my life. Another parallel universe/multi-verse book? YES :D



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