A review by takarakei
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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


  • multiple worlds
  • morally gray characters
  • sinister magic
  • well written villains

Lila is quite possibly in the category of my favorite characters ever. I love everything about her: her undying need for adventure, her quippy sense of humor, trying to pretend like she has a heart of stone but clearly doesn't... Here for it all + more! Overall this book didn't blow me out of the water in the way I was hoping, but I'm definitely intrigued and will be continuing the series.

I also listened to the audiobook while reading and this narrator did a lot of voices, but their initial typical narration (sounded like what I call 'fancy british') took some getting used to. I see that there are different narrators for the sequels so wondering how that will go...

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