I was reading this for bookclub. Just like I’m reading another one. Fingers crossed I get through it.
A darker shade of magic – V. E. Schwab
This book was very elegantly written. Which is a shame because had it not been for the feverish recommendations of the Waterstones bookseller (Who runs the bookclub), I would never have picked it up by myself.
I did once, quite a while ago, on one of my random browsing Waterstones because it’s the most beautiful shop in the world, and I read the back of it.
All it said was that there were many Londons. Grey London that had almost no magic at all. Red London which was thriving with magic. And white London which was sick from it. There had once been a black London.
That was it.
So, if you’re going to read this book you’re going in blind, all you know is there is magic and obviously different variations of the same city. That’s about it.
However, this book does not go into long, tiresome chapters of exposition into the world building or the characters that will be in this world. You’re shot straight into the rhythm of the book. Which was nice that there wasn’t a long set up.
There was plenty of action, maybe a small… And I mean tiny hint of romance, there is love but not the same as boy meets girl… And magic is not just something that people can just whip out as soon as they realise they have it which is nice. There is a lot of foreshadowing too.
The story actually follows the pattern of the blurb. I won’t go into detail as I don’t want to spoil anything it was a marvelous read. And well worth it if you have seen it on a bookshelf in a shop.
The end does end. But there is a sequel to this book as it is part of a trilogy. I haven’t read the back of the second one so I have no idea what is coming next. Continuing as blind as I started.