The Shades of Magic Series
This discounted ebundle includes: A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, A Conjuring of Light
Witness the fate of beloved heroes and notorious foes in V.E. Schwab’s New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic series.
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. After an exchangeseries.Kell/>Witness/>
"I'd rather die on an adventure than live life standing still."
Despite me sitting still reading every single one of these books back to back for the past week, aside from an occasional coffee break, I definitely felt like I was on an adventure, and far from standing still.
I had been wanting to read this series ever since the first book came out but managed to not get around to it until this year and I'm honestly glad I waited, just so I could read each of/>"I'd ...more
The moment I started reading, I understood. The Shades of Magic series is all kinds of addictive. It sucks you in deep, leaving you wanting more, and putting the books down is near impossible. You want to see how everything comes together, yo ...more
Besides the obvious skill that has been honed through a lot of hard work and practice, Schwab also has a raw talent for writing that remains present in her works. Keeping that original ...more
Plot of the first book: A character who can travel between worlds gets sucked into a cool, if a little underdeveloped adventure that encompasses getting a dangerous artifact back to the mysterious world. The plot has stakes, there is suspense, and it plays well within the concept of the four connected worlds, while leaving some hints that we'll find out more about them.
Plot of the second book: We don't, rea ...more
Not many likeable or relatable characters. If it weren't for Lila, I woulda quit. The romance felt shallow and left me wanting more, which grew to apathy towards some relationships over time. Either the magic was incredibly inconsistant or the characters weren't very bright because cool abilities were normally demonstrated once and never used again, so fights seemed like everyone forgot what they were capable of ... at least Lila had the excuse of learning
So what’s the series about? It’s about four worlds, each with its own version of London, a ...more
It’s a fun adventure read while still hitting some pretty heavy and serious topics. It’s at once upbeat and dark. If you like Neil Gaiman’s sense of hu ...more
Four worlds divided
by distance, as well as magic
the travelers are marked by blood
Worlds unexplored, even after 600 pages -
characters without substance
that never learn
(and oh, how unfit for their roles they all are!)
you can open the first and the last page
and they are the same, or even less defined.
The scenes change,
yet you do not care
for there is nothing at stak ...more
While the first few chapters of the first book were slow to drag me in, the story began to pull at my heart and pique my interest. The I was hooked. What a wild ride this story was. Its imagery and descriptions fuel the action so well. Loved this journey, pain and all.
#1) A Darker Shade of Magic: 4.8/5 stars!
- It started off a bit slowly, but I would argue this is necessary for the world-building.
- Overall the wor ...more
Honestly, I’m so happy with my purchase. This boxed set comes with a poster of the four Londons! Also, this edition of A Conjuring of Light includes bonus content (a glossary of Arnesian words and a Q&A with V.E. Schwab) which weren’t in the hardcover edition that I borrowed from the library.
Two things that would’ve made this boxed set even more ...more
What I Did Like: The originality of this concept, the worldbuilding, the fact that the royal family of Red London is Brown (yessssss!). I love Kell and Rhy's close sibling relationship, Rhy himself (it's so fun and kind of sad to watch him grow) and Alucard (everyone loves a roguish bastard every now and again!). Lila in a suit coming in like Tuxedo Mask! That was cool! I also really liked Holland's ending. It was a sad one and it's not for everyone, but to me, it was a pe ...more
Volume 2 - This volume was pointless - for the first 4/5 of the book nothing happens except build-up for a magic tournament which turns out to be i ...more
Nice touches: no more “zapping” with magic. We have instead an interesting set of mechanisms. Also nice: the inter-world movement, which wad a device much underused compared to the ...more
The worst part in the whole series is all the male characters feel too girly compare to Lila.
It might be fun sometimes, but, after so many pages, it did feel like I am actually reading a tale of four girls' adventure,and I don't think that's what the author want?
Overall, 3 ...more