A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel (Shades of Magic, 1)

"Addictive and immersive, this series is a must-read." --Entertainment Weekly

Enter #1 New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab's beloved Shades of Magic trilogy--a dazzling world of parallel Londons where magic thrives, starves, or lies forgotten,
and where power can destroy just as quickly as it can create.

Kell is one of the last Antari-...show more


416 pages

Average rating: 7.76




Community Reviews

Mar 23, 2024
8/10 stars
4/4.5 stars!

I really enjoyed reading this book from start to finish. Worldbuilding is something I'm particularly fascinated by, and there was some really awesome worldbuilding in this story. The characters were great, especially Kell and Lila, but I really loved every single supporting character and cared about them and their stories as well. The Danes were terrifying and amazing villains, and the magic was both cool and original. It was nice to ...read more
Feb 06, 2024
9/10 stars
Adored this. I know I’m late to the party but this was such a quick read—the world engaging and so interesting. The plot was… predictable and a little casual but the characters were lovely. I felt Rhy and Kell’s love so much and Lila was so fucking fun! She’s chaos and she’s stubborn as hell. I felt Kell’s feelings without being annoyed by him. I think Schwab has a talent to communicate thoughts/feelings without beating the reader over the head. ...read more
Jan 26, 2024
6/10 stars
I wanted to love this book but I didn't.

1. It had too many fight scenes. The whole darn book was one after the other
2. I never felt anything for the main characters. If they lived or died, I did not care

Less fighting and more getting to know Kell or Lilah.
Dec 05, 2023
This entire series is a fun adventure. I am looking forward to reading the next book.
Aug 14, 2023
9/10 stars
**4.5⭐️** V.E. Schwab does such amazing world-building, as well as character-building. We get such a detailed account of the four Londons and the difference in magic between them. I immediately loved the banter between Kell and Lila and can’t wait to see more. I already love these characters so much, I know it’s going to be a crazy ride.

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