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A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab

9 reviews

thenovelcorner's review

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adventurous dark mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

 
“I'd rather die on an adventure than live standing still.”


This book was exactly what I was expecting - a good, interesting fantasy novel.
I really liked Lila. She was fun and exciting and fresh. Different in the best way possible. The way she and Kell interacted was asghfgeb (that's me fangirling).
Spoiler AND THOSE KISSES. MY HEART.

The world-building was brilliant, the characters were brilliant, the plot was brilliant (although slow - the reason why this book loses a star) and Kell's coat is brilliant.
I want one.
Book 2 has been bumped straight up my tbr to my next read. It was that good. 

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daniel_b17's review

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adventurous dark mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.0

I would just like to set the record straight that I think VE Schwab is an amazing writer and she has a way with words that could quite literally glue you to the book. However in this particular novel I didn't find it as captivating. When I say that I mean that I think she could have easily extended the book by a couple hundred pages or so to allow for some world building. I think the idea of the book and the magic is a very interesting idea, I just don't think it was used to it's fullest potential. I never really felt connected to the characters nor did I feel any particular excitement when reading. It felt as though the book was fairly dull after about the half way mark. I could start predicting things that were gonna happen, because the plot of the book is one that is very well known in the fantasy genre. 

The choice of how magic works in this world/worlds I found interesting and didn't conform to the typical magical tropes. I do think however that, that was the one thing that kept me reading... We are kind of dropped into this world where Kell is an already a very powerful Antari, and we really don't get to see who he was before being so powerful. I would have loved a little more explanation about his training and his work to get where he was, as it is only vaguely touched on in the book. That is why, as I said, I think the book could have easily been 100-200 pages longer just focusing on establishing the worlds and the characters.

This book however was a fun read and I would recommend it to anyone looking to just get into the fantasy genre. The book was not challenging in terms of understanding the plot, however at times the vocabulary I found was very advanced. I would not recommend it for anyone under the age of 10.

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creepypiespice's review against another edition

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adventurous dark tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

3.75


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maryjames's review

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adventurous dark fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0


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alyssadavis's review against another edition

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adventurous lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.0

"You know so little of war. Battles may be fought from the outside in, but wars are won from the inside out.”

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paper_queen's review

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adventurous challenging dark emotional mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

 
Initial Response
THAT. WAS. EPIIIIIIIIC.

High Lights
- I somehow managed to get through this one during NaNo, and OH MAN. It was magical.
- Kell is a precious person that must be protected at all costs.
- Lila is a snarky, knife-lover who wants to be a pirate and is pretty much the perfect mix of girl and thief.
- Rhy is the strangest little person, but I love him so very much.
- Holland is...complicated, and I really, really hate him, I do...But I also kind of love him? Like? He's an awesome villainous person??
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Spoiler Athos and Astrid are chilling and epic and the perrrrfect villains. I'm almost kind of disappointed that they're gone...but I have a feeling that things are going to crazy in the next books. O_O

- THE MAGIC. IT'S MAGICAL. I LOVE IT. It was just so well explained, while still being a bit mysterious, and ANTARI ARE SO STINKIN' COOL.
- The other Londons...how to even begin. They're amazing. I love the connections,
Spoiler I love how things happen in one London, and also happen in the other Londons
I love how great the world is built and shown to us, and I really just need the second book.
- I'm so good at reviewing books. XD

Low Lights
- There was some swearing, but it was mild. However, there was some heavy violence, which didn't bother me too much, but it's not as sensitive a subject to me as it might be for others. So, read with caution.

Conclusion
This was so fun. It was such a great book to have to just take a break from writing and read a few chapters. It really inspired me and helped keep my creative juices flowing. Highly recommend if you're in the mood for a magical adventure. 

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rana's review

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adventurous mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.5


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bookoala's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging mysterious slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0


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elliekg's review

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adventurous dark emotional funny mysterious sad tense fast-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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