Sunday, April 3, 2016

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Product Details This book worked nicely in several categories for the different challenges I am doing.  I used it for a book about an island in my PopSugar Challenge and for a book about pirates in the Goodreads challenge. 

I picked this up because someone recommended the book A Gathering of Shadows, which is book 2 in the series.   Well, you can't exactly read book 2 without book 1.   I'm so glad that I read this, it was very original.

It's the story of Kell, a traveler who uses magic to move between parallel universes - London to be exact.  There is Red London, White London, Grey London and Black London.  Kell is a messenger, he carries monthly missives from his King to the other royals in the other Londons.    But he has a terrible habit, he likes to collect artifacts from the other universes, which is strictly forbidden.

Enter Delilah Bard - a cut purse and wanna be pirate.   She steals something of Kells - a token that he desperately needs.  

Its a fascinating story with a strong female character.   I thoroughly enjoyed it and I can't wait to read about the further adventures of Ms. Bard in A Gathering of Shadows.   I gave this one 4 out of 5 stars.

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