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

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


The first half of this book is so slow. I originally read the first 40% in one sitting almost 2 years ago, and then put it down. I've now read the first chunk of this book three times before I was able to finish it. The second half has a lot more plot movement and I did enjoy it a lot more, but the overall pacing just threw me off too much to give it a higher rating.

I am interested to see where the rest of the trilogy goes, however as I've been warned that the pacing of the second book is similar to this one, I will probably hold off until I have time to read the entire sequel in one sitting. 

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