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, Blac...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, you want more ...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
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 ...more
Let’s just say that it should be a fact universally acknowledged, that I should’ve read this trilogy much, much sooner. V.E Schwab creates a richly imaginative world with characters exquisitely threaded with darkness and depth that I just couldn’t get enough of.
‘Grey for the magic-less city, Red for the healthy empire and White, for the starving world.’
In an original twist, the story follows 4 worlds, each with ...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, really. Nothing of any impo ...more
So what’s the series about? It’s about four worlds, each with its own version of London, and e ...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 stake
and you can close the book at any time
without ever ...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
These four Londons are distinguished by red, white, gray, and black. The ordinary people have no magic. They don't know the existence of other Londons, and they use different languages, just like a parallel four-dimensional space. The male protagonist Kyle is one of the few remaining magicians. ...more
It was a decent read, at the time of opening first tome I hadn't touched fantasy or fiction for quite some time, so it was kind of refreshing to read something with magic, pirates, nobility and ancient evil (now when I write this out, that is a surprisingly weird combination!). The story kept delivering new places, concepts, characters and action, it was difficult to predict what is going to happen next, so except some ...more
ADSOM - The story is set in a world where there are four parallel Londons, each with varying levels of magic. Kell serves the crown of Red London, carrying messages to Grey and White London, but also secretly smuggles objects for sale during his travels. Unfortun ...more