A review by takarakei
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
- 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...
Graphic: Violence, Blood, and Death
Moderate: Sexual assault and Torture
Minor: Sexual harassment