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A Darker Shade of Magic: 1 Paperback – 1 June 2015

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 1783295406
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Titan Publishing Group (1 June 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9781783295401
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1783295401
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.6 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
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V.E. Schwab is the bestselling author of Vicious, which was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2013, an Amazon Best Book of the Year (as well as Best Book of the month), a semi-finalist in the Goodreads Choice 2013 Book Awards, and the ALA top pick for Fantasy for their 2014 reading list. It was also noted in various author best-of lists, from Laini Taylor to Chuck Wendig. She is also the author of The Near Witch, The Archived, and The Unbound.

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3.0 out of 5 stars I think this book is a bit over hyped ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 April 2018
I have seen this book raved about for ages and I finally decided to pick it up but I have mixed feelings on it i don't know weather it was because it was over hyped but I didn't love it.

I liked Kell he's was easy going and just seemed like a nice guy but lila annoyed me at the start of the book. There was one scene where Kell had a stone from black London (a place where dark magic took over) but lila robbed it and when he tracked her down she wouldn't give it back becuse she wanted to see what it done, it just bothered me because the stone is so dangerous and she didn't even know magic existed 3 minutes before hand so just give him back the stone ! 😂

I enjoyed the world building I thought the concepts of the different London's were very interesting. Grey London was the London in our world mundane and without magic, Red London had magic and magic was treated as an equal, White London had magic too but magic was dominated by the people and as a result the magic has started to retreat and finally Black London who let magic run free and the magic took over which caused the doors into Black London to be shut. That's another part of the world building I liked the world's were over lapping each other and you need doors to get from each world but only the antari can create and use a door (kells an antari)

I found the book slow to start with I was around 150 pages into the book and I still didn't really feel involved in the story. Another part of the novel that I didn't love was how often the point of view of charecters changed, I liked when It was in the POV of Kell but when it was lila or random guards or side charecters it annoyed my becuse I wanted to know what Kell was doing. Towards the end of the book I started to like lila she was more entertaining and not as irritating I also liked where the story was going it began to pick up and I enjoyed how things played out.

Overall i liked this book but i didn't love it, i really only liked kell in terms of the charecters and it wasn't until the second half of the book that I got interested in the story, I wasn't a major fan of the constantly changing point of views but I'm sure some people would have enjoyed it but I did really enjoy the world building. I'm not sure if I will continue the series becuse I didn't really love this book but I'm might pick it up in a few months.
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