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The Shades of Magic Series

(Shades of Magic #1-3)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,406 ratings  ·  90 reviews

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

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Published August 15th 2017 by Tor Books (first published 2016)
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Hussein Baher
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
book 1: ★ ★ ★ ★ 4/5
book 2: ★ ★ ★ 3/5
book 3: ★ ★ ★ ★ 4.25/5
Siobhan
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Shades of Magic series – made up of A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, and A Conjuring of Light – interested me for a very long time. There are so many Schwab fans out there, and I was curious to see what all the fuss was about.

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
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Karlee
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Truly an original, and I don't say that often. The characters are delightfully unpredictable, the world is unique without being absurd, and the story is a tapestry perfectly woven. There are just the right amount of deliberate loose threads that cheekily hint at multiple new installments in this universe, as well.

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
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Alessandra Scarpetta
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Meh

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
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Fallsurfer
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this series. I missed the characters when away from the read. Each book has a body of its own. The author does a great job build a rich and detailed world, full of sights and experiences. As the reader I felt like a traveler moving through what she created.
Avani ✨
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this series so much 🤩
Everyone please read it 😀
S.
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fun fantasy trilogy with fascinating and well-rounded characters and a lot of action.
anusha
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, feels
“Magic was a truly beautiful disease. But only when the hosts are strong enough.”

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
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Thegazzardian
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Summary of the books, light spoilers but tried to avoid specifics.

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
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Rupanwita
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
There are four parallel Londons, some magic, lots of promising premise and very little actual thrill. The plot had great potential with the four Londons and the characters are nothing like regular YA fantasy - a girl who is a theif with exactly a theif's morale and habits, a young man who is blessed with rare magic and carries it like a weight on his shoulders. The problem is nothing much happens in the name of a plot and the villians are very insipid. The writing is good and the lack of romance ...more
Amanda Scheifele
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This series is very important to me. I am rarely adventurous in my reading so I usually stay within my YA comfort zone. The rare times I’ve reached out I have been punished for it so reading these books that are adult fantasy was a big step for me and I was at last rewarded for trying something new. These books are by far one of my favourite series of all time. They are intricate, brutal, funny, sexy and fascinating oh and there’s pirates. I couldn’t ask for more
Alli Duckworth
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This series was entertaining for the most part. There were some lulls in the story that felt like they dragged on for too long. I enjoyed Lila’s story much more than Kell’s. This was a situation where I liked all the supporting characters much more than the main character. Overall, a pretty good series full of magic!
EscapistBookReviews
Summary: Kell is a magician from a world of magic, who has the rare power to travel between worlds. Lila is a London pickpocket from our world, circa 1820. When the latter steals a dangerous magical artifact from the former, she becomes involved in a cross-world adventure, as the two of them race to dispose of the thing before it can cause a disaster. Further adventures ensue in the following two books.

So what’s the series about? It’s about four worlds, each with its own version of London, and e
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Eduarda Hanauer
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't think I can put in fair words how much I loved this whole series. The author's writing is amazing and the whole plot is just a perfect mist of magic, adventure, friendship and brotherhood. *kind of spoilers ahead*. I have to talk about a certain romance that comes up as the story goes, and my need to talk about it comes from the fact than the author managed to build it in a natural, slow and justified way that is so real it makes us fall in love along with the characters. To make it bett ...more
Chad Bay
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this series. Incredibly creative and the world building is vibrant and well illustrated... I fell right into the world(s) of these characters instantly, and by the third book was fully invested in seeing how it played out. Schwab does such a great job in the first book of introducing a diverse range of (seemingly) disconnected characters who all come to a head in one way or another throughout the series. I loved these characters - each drawn with delightful detail - and was genu ...more
Shilpi Goel
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Darker Shade of Magic is an intense but fun series --- there's unspeakable darkness, pain, despair, and loss, but it's balanced out by unparalleled love, loyalty, heroics, and plain old careless adventure. There's magic, there are good vs. evil battles, and there are good people trying to find their way back after they were led astray in their search for redemption. All of this is against an intriguing backdrop of four parallel Londons of varying degrees of magical proclivities and the ability ...more
Lauren Eicher
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
There aren’t many books or series that I could read over and over again. It is this series (and Harry Potter) that every time I go back, I fall in love all over again. The characters are fleshed out, complicated, yet, like the book itself, have a whimsical and quirky feel to it. It is the first book I’ve read that I saw a reflection of myself in.
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
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Maša
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Review in form of a stream of thoughts:

Four worlds divided
by distance, as well as magic
the travelers are marked by blood
and darkness
and shalowness

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
(not really),
and you can close the book at any time
without ever
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Michael Schmanske
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cracking good fantasy. NOT a “historical” fantasy novel as categorized but a fantasy novel placed within the confines of a historical framework. I read the series straight through in 3 days because it was exactly what I was looking for. Magic, good characters (a little bit of failure around grudges to long held, too quickly forgiven, or not forgiven in a way that seemed artifice, but not complaining since it drove the story and character development forward), great conflicts and satisfying resol ...more
Jackie On
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My absolute favorite series. I fell in love with the world & the characters in ADSOM, I screamed after finishing AGOS, & I nearly cried at the end of ACOL. It was like saying goodbye to good friends. Victoria Schwab, you singlehandedly reminded me of the power of writing & imagination. It's been a couple months since I've finished the series, & I am still mourning the end of this adventure, but I am also extremely grateful & inspired. ...more
Hildaly Rosa
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alright, let's begin by saying that these are just some of the best YA Fantasy series I've ever read. I'm from Puerto Rico and recently hurricane Maria swept the island and for 8 months we were on a blackout, so in this time I got to read an exaggerate amount of book I hadn't read, and on that list was the "Shades of Magic series". I felt like I was in each characters shoes the whole time. From the setting to the conflicts, it was just perfect ...more
Jade Courville
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such an amazing world

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.
Brittany
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Excellent

An adventure I would take again and again. The best series I've read in a long time, with a balance of love, friendship, and intrigue.
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Mary Nguyen
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great series. Really enjoyed them.
Norpio☽✧
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 stars only beacuse i didnt like book 2 at all.
Ananya
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-series
TL;DR I thoroughly enjoyed this series. Victoria Schwab does such an excellent job writing antagonists! You are left with so much empathy and love for all of the characters, you are left questioning who is doing the right thing, and completely sucked into her fantasy world. The premise of this series is excellent, and the execution is even better.

#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
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Jennifer Willoughby
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Rita Lei Chen 雷晨
London is the setting of many fantasy stories. Welcome everyone to come to the Wizarding World of London again. This time there are four different atmospheres of London. Which one would you like to go to?

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.
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HaaYa
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
All in all, I would give the series 3.5, but I'll stick to official 4 stars.

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
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Anushka
I’ve had these books on my shelf for quite a while. I can’t exactly say why I waited so long before reading them, but after finishing #theinvisiblelifeofaddielarue by the same author, I decided it was finally time to start this trilogy.

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
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V.E. Schwab is the name Victoria Schwab publishes her adult books under.

Victoria has stated that books published under V.E. Schwab are adult releases and those under Victoria Schwab are YA.
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Other books in the series

Shades of Magic (3 books)
  • A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)
  • A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2)
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