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A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic

(Book #1 in the Shades of Magic series)


Book Overview: A Darker Shade of Magic

"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 --magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes --Red London --and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. It's a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive.

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"Confident prose and marvelous touches-a chameleon coat, a scarlet river of magic, a piratical antiheroine-bring exuberant life to an exhilarating adventure among the worlds."-Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Compulsively readable...her characters make the book."-- NPR

"Feels like a priceless object, brought from another, better world of fantasy books...kept me engrossed by its story every bit as much as I was fascinated by its complex, multilayered world."-- io9.com

"Has all the hallmarks of a classic work of fantasy...This is a book to treasure." -Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of The All Souls trilogy

V. E. Schwab is an esteemed and award-winning American author renowned for her intriguing and magical worlds of fiction. Best known for her compelling fantasy novel series, including the critically acclaimed "Shades of Magic" and "Monsters of Verity" trilogies, Schwab's writing has captivated readers around the world. She has consistently demonstrated her versatility and creativity across a multitude of genres, from fantasy, supernatural, to young adult fiction, brilliantly exploring the intricate themes of identity, belonging, and sacrifice. Born in the late 1980s in Nashville, Tennessee, Schwab cultivated her passion for storytelling from a young age. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied English Literature, effectively honing her skills to eventually turn her passion into a distinguished career. She published her first novel, "The Near Witch", in 2011 and quickly garnered a reputation for her poetic prose and charismatic character development. Over the years, V. E. Schwab has received numerous accolades for her work, including the prestigious ALA Notable Book and Publishers Weekly Best Book. Despite her literary successes, Schwab remains dedicated to her craft, continually creating intricate plots and multifaceted characters that enchant, surprise, and resonate with her readers. With her exceptional storytelling ability, V. E. Schwab is an enduring force within the literary world, her words resonating with power and enchantment long after the last page is turned.

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