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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
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'A Darker Shade of Magic', part one of a trilogy, is a terrific read! Brave and foolhardy Antari magician Kell, born with magic in his blood, struggles to control the doorways between four realities - Grey London: an unmagical London of ordinary 18th-century times, ruled by King George III; Red London, Kell's home, a magically balanced and happy London full of vivid colors with wise King Maxim and Queen Emira and a roguish son, Prince Rhy; White London, a place which has lost most of its magic because magic has become unbalanced and fights back, its Royal family, the Dane twins, succumbing to evil magic leaking from; Black London, where some sort of a black magic catastrophe occurred and evil now rules, so its doors had to be magically sealed.

No one knows what is happening in Black London, but White London has been damaged by its proximity to Black London's door. The effects on White London are revealing chilling clues to whatever happened in Black London. Red London abandoned White London to its fate, which has left Kell, Red London's magician and Rhy's adopted brother, still feeling guilty.

Kell is a messenger for the rulers of Red London, traveling between worlds by using his magic, but he is also smuggling items between the Londons, which is forbidden. Kell feels unloved and used by the Red London's royals, which is not entirely untrue, so smuggling items between worlds is his little way of rebelling. Kell is only 21 years old, a year older than Prince Rhy. Kell and Rhy feel like they are real brothers to each other, whatever his relationship with Rhy's parents.

Something evil has happened to Holland, the White London's Antari. Kell's relationship to the only other blood magician he knows has never been easy, but now it is positively murderous. Holland is after him, and not in a good way. Could it have something to do with the mysterious black stone a White Londoner gave him to sell in Grey London? The black stone feels tingly and oddly attractive, and after Kell carries it between White London and Grey London, attacks begin multiplying against him. Thankfully, a hardened Grey London pickpocket, 19-year-old Lila Bard, decides to assist him after stealing the black stone from him without knowing who Kell is or what he is. Kell doesn't exactly want Lila's help, but after chasing her down and retrieving the black stone, he can't deny she is saving his life again and again. They are a good team!

What is the black stone, and why is Holland trying to kill Kell? Are the Dane twins behind this? Is Rhy and Red London in danger? Most important of all, will Kell and his new friend Lila survive?

Gentle reader, this is a non-stop thrill ride. I can't wait for the next installment in this ongoing trilogy, not yet completed at this time.
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Reading Progress

July 17, 2016 – Started Reading
July 17, 2016 – Shelved
July 17, 2016 –
page 26
6.53% "I want a coat like Kell's."
July 18, 2016 –
page 228
July 18, 2016 – Shelved as: alt-universe
July 18, 2016 – Shelved as: fantasy
July 18, 2016 – Shelved as: magical-drama
July 18, 2016 – Shelved as: omg-so-exciting-couldnt-stop-readin
July 18, 2016 – Shelved as: roller-coaster-ride
July 18, 2016 – Shelved as: sword-and-sorcery
July 18, 2016 – Shelved as: older-teen
July 18, 2016 – Finished Reading

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