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A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel (Shades of Magic, 1) (original 2017; edição 2015)

por Victoria Schwab (Autor)

Séries: Shades of Magic (1)

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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, 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. "--… (mais)
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Título:A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel (Shades of Magic, 1)
Autores:Victoria Schwab (Autor)
Informação:Tor Books (2015), 400 pages
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A Darker Shade of Magic por V. E. Schwab (2017)

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I've read This Savage Song & Our Dark Duet with extremely high hopes for this one. I think I still like the Monsters of Verity better but I think that has to do with personal preference, and not the book itself.

Kell, a rare Magician called Antari, is an envoy and smuggler of Red London (one of four parallel Londons that only Antari have the ability to travel to: Red, Gray, White, and Black). After a deal gone wrong, he meets Lila, a ruthless thief in Gray London, that saves his life and demands to be part of the adventure. Together they travel to save the Londons at the risk of their own lives.

I like Kell... a lot. At first impression, I thought: "Kell? uhm is that short for Kelly? Keller?, is it a last name?" Then when I found out why he's named Kell, it was such an LOL. Kell loves his family, but at the same time secretly rebels against them because he's adopted and has no memory of who he was. Of all the hobbies, Kell could have had, of course, he decides to be a smuggler. *eye roll* He's a well-developed character, and I couldn't help but like him. His morals and love for his brother, Rhy, are two of my favorite things about him. But it's also little things like: when he falsely added more to the Red London's Queen's impersonal letter. That was so sweet, I liked him immediately.

Lila is a very strong character. She's a pickpocket with a very big dream, and she'll go to any lengths to achieve it. By herself, I don't like her very much. She's annoying especially when she forces Kell to tell her information or take her along, but it's necessary to keep the story along. But mostly it's because of personal interest (our personalities clash), however, I can understand how her environment cultivated her to be so ruthless. With Kell, I can't help but like her because despite how she is, she actually cares about Kell. This makes her an anti-hero which are GREAT. I love them. Plus she's surprising, she does little things that surprises me, and that's the most enjoyable. I think Schwab likes to make the female protagonists murderous and anti-heroes.

The characterization is probably my favorite about this book. Each character is unique and strong, including even the villains. I love the concept of parallel Londons, its not new but Schwab introduces a cool perspective to the concept, which is the different Londons knowing about each other and having communication. However, the drawback to this book would be the minor characters being completely flat. For example, I feel like I could like Rhy but then ehhh.

I can't wait to read A Gathering of Shadows. Overall, I give this 4.5 stars. ( )
1 vote luulaa | Jun 15, 2021 |
So, I finally started this series. And well, after finishing the book, I've been tossed on having either a 3 or 4 star for the book, but I'm overall giving it a 3 stars.

So, A Darker Shade Of Magic follows the story of Kell Maresh, an Antari who can travel to Four Londons: Black, Red, Grey, and White. From there, he goes on an adventure with Lila Bard, a pirate thief from Grey London, and that's the overall premise for the work in a nutshell.

The first parts of the work are quite slow, seeing how the first 100 or so pages go over Kell being given a coin by King George III, and Kell's blood with the coin causing him to go to other worlds, staring with Grey London and talking to the Prince Regent and showing he's an Antari, his left eye blue and right one black. Rhy talking to Holland, Kell not being considered family, Lila going after some thugs, etcetera.

The characters so far, are okay, but the issue with them is the overall somewhat lack of development between them. Kell and Lila do have some chemistry, since Kell got knocked down to the bed by Lila, then they kissed twice, but overall, in terms of development, it's somewhat lacking. Lila is a bit annoying since there are moments throughout the work with the things she does that kind of annoys me, such as her going to the South doors of the white fortress even though Kell told her not to, not really being a fan of dresses or anything of that sort.

As for Holland, he's cool, but I feel like he was just....there? Like, He got into a fight with Kell and confronted both him and Lila for the second time, got stabbed, and turns out to be alive, still breathing and all.

As for the good parts, I will state that Astrid and Athos grew on me, along with Kell and his relationship towards Rhy. I loved the last remaining pages of the work a lot, which was pretty good. To sum it up: Athos goes after Kell and plans to kill him since he killed Holland, and the two fight. Lila goes into the south doors of the fortress, despite Kell warning her not to. Lila meets Beloc, guarding the throne's door and is telling her to leave, then gets killed by Lila so she can get through. Lila tries to kill Astrid, but can't due to a magic barrier, so she breaks it and tries to kill her again, only for Astrid to stop her. After that, Astrid turns into Lila, goes to Kell and he gives the black stone to her, causing her to turn into a statue and shatter. Kell then fights the Vitari, dark magic, and if he dies, Rhy will too. Kell ends up falling, along with Red London, then he dispels the magic and him and Lila come across Holland's body, still being alive, so Kell does his magic and he gets transported somewhere else. After Kell and Lila talk to the King and Queen of Red London, Kell goes to see Rhy and talks about how he bonded his life to Rhy's. In the end, Kell gives Lila a magic puzzle board and then she leaves, planning to go onto a ship.

And in regards to Kell's relationship with Rhy, it did grow on me when Kell finds Rhy possessed by Astrid and he ends up getting stabbed by her. Kell transporting him, Rhy to the sanctuary to heal him, and also gets bounded to him, his own life to his. It shows that Kell is willing to take risks for his family, even if he doesn't feel like he belongs into it.

But still, with this book, I didn't love love it and find it be amazing, I liked it, it was an enjoyable and okay read, hence the 3 stars. In regards to this series, from what I've heard, it either gets better or worst as you read, so I'm curious to see how things are going to go in the second book and if it's a step up from the first. ( )
  Xftg133 | Jun 8, 2021 |
I JUST LOVED IT!!!!

I first heard of this one in a jessethereader video, and I was intrigued; 4 Londons? Walker between worlds? Magicians? It had it all.

The world building in this is just so vivid, I have a map in my head, and I could almost smell the scents, and see the colours.....it was amazing!

I really loved the characters, Kell and Lila were awesome!! Lila might have been my favourite, but I loved Kell equally. Rhy was really interesting, he seems to be the only one who trusts Kell in Red London after everything that's happened......though I can't blame the King and Queen for being cautious. I'm not sure how I feel about Holland....On the one hand, he was more or less the villain....on the other, he did seem to detest the twins, and let Kell win in the end. I hated the twins, which was to be expected...

I really liked the concept of blood being tied to magic. The fact that you need to expend a lot of yourself to have abilities has always appealed to me (probably one of the reasons I liked PJO more than HP). The Antari were really interesting, but now that there's only one left, can anyone afford to kill Kell now? I was also hoping that Lila was Antari, since she didn't have an eye, and it could have been black and maybe torn out (wow that's gory) or something by her parents to protect her?

For the sequel, I have a lot of feelings and expectations I really want to see Lila doing magic, and maybe Kell teaching her? I also don't think Holland is dead....he seemed pretty (mostly) alive when they sent him off....so I think he'll be there? I really wanted to see Black London in this book, and was slightly disappointed it didn't happen.....though I was really glad Kell wasn't lost.

I want to see more of Rhy as well.....he was not that prominent in this book, and I wanted more of him. Now that his life is tied to Kell, will Kell be allowed to go anywhere?

I also hope that the twins are dead....completely dead. I don't want to see more of them, but since there was no other villain in this book, I have the feeling that they might make a comeback.

I also want to know more about Kell's past, I think there's something important that he can't remember.


This book was pretty long....and had a good pace. I did feel that the content was probably enough for two books, but I did end up liking that.

I really liked it, and I recommend it for anyone who likes magic, awesome world-building, badass female characters, and fantasy. ( )
  trisha_tomy | Jun 1, 2021 |
This was another one of my series-sampling audio listens, to see if I might want to pursue it in print someday.

Audio Narration
The narrator is Steven Crossley. His regular prose reading was fine, but I didn’t like the voices he used for most of the characters. Kell is 20 or 21 based on the text, but he makes him sound much older. Lila, a girl close to Kell’s age, is voiced like a petulant child. Prince Rhy is almost 20 at the start of the book, and he’s also voiced like a petulant child. This made his scenes with Kell seem really weird since the two characters were about a year apart and Rhy sounded infantile while Kell sounded like his father or something, even though the words themselves portrayed them as close friends. Sometimes Rhy gave Kell advice in that petulant whiny voice, and it just… didn’t work. My brain was constantly fighting against my ears to not be influenced by the narrator’s portrayal of the characters and to just focus on what the words themselves said about the characters.

Story
This is a fantasy story set in Londons. No, that plural was not a typo. There are four different known worlds, all of which happen to have a similar-but-different London. Our main character, Kell, is one of only two known people who can travel between the different worlds. The other main POV character, Lila, is a thief in Gray London, the world where most people don’t know magic exists. The main plot is to take the dangerous ring to Mordor, and to try not to use it too much meanwhile because it’s bad magic. Ok, no, they’re not really taking a ring to Mordor, but it’s dang close.

The setting was unique enough for me to not really be bothered by the derivative plot. This isn’t even a typical alternate reality story, because each world is populated with completely different people and the worlds don’t have much of substance in common. I liked the characters pretty well (when I could ignore the tone the narrator gave them), although they did annoy me at times, and the story held my interest well. I did think there were some contradictory bits in the story, and I’m not sure everything made logical sense. That’s one of the downsides of audiobooks; it’s not as easy to search back to an earlier section and double check things, nor could I highlight something that bugged me so I could take another look at it and reconsider it after finishing the book when I had more context.

I also wished Kell were more competent, but I think part of my problem was that I kept forgetting how young he was. The narrator made him sound older and more experienced than he was. He did still make some annoyingly dumb decisions and he missed planning ahead for some obvious issues, so I think I still would have been at least a little annoyed even in print. If given a choice, I prefer over-competent to under-competent. (In real life, too!) There were also too many saved-in-the-nick-of-time events, and the end… definitely some eye rolls there.

A few other thoughts that will have to go in spoiler tags:
I was really exasperated when the solution was to dispel the magic in the stone. Duh! That seemed so obvious and simple that it made the whole story seem pointless. I mean, if it’s possible to dispel magic, then that surely would not be an obscure spell. You’d think it would have been one of the first things they tried. If I remember correctly, there had also been mention of other relics from Black London being destroyed in the past. Did nobody remember how that was done if it was a simple as dispelling them?

I was expecting more explicit confirmation that Lila is an Antari, but I guess that will come later in the series. I am curious about Kell’s forgotten memories from before he was 5, and it seems Lila has some forgotten memories from early childhood has well, so I wonder if we’ll find out they had a shared childhood. No doubt there is some sort of connection between their pasts, even if they didn’t know each other as children.

I was glad the building romance between them was kept to a minimum, because I really didn’t buy into it at all. Heck, I saw more “romantic tension” between Kell and Rhy than Kell and Lila, although I guess that wasn’t the author’s intent. I expect the Kell/Lila romance might be a bigger problem for me in the sequels because I expect it to become a larger focus and I’ll likely find it annoying when I can’t see any believable foundation for it.


I’m rating this at 3.5 stars but rounding up to 4 on Goodreads. That was my original intent, although writing my review nearly talked me into rounding it down instead, because it does have several flaws. But the story must have been pretty good to hold my interest as well as it did through a frustrating audio narration. I do plan to follow up on it in print someday, so I’ll be interested to find out what my future self thinks when she re-reads this in print. Will she like it more or less? Meanwhile, this book tells a complete story on its own with only a few dangling threads, so it’s not too painful to read just this one and then stop here for now. ( )
  YouKneeK | May 31, 2021 |
A great set-up with a solid adventure story and very enjoyable characters. The action was really compelling and in spite of the small cast there was real peril and stakes throughout the story. I'm looking forward to continuing this series! ( )
  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
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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, 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. "--

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