A Darker Shade of MagicBook - 2015
A Darker Shade of Magic , from #1 New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab
Kell is one of the last Antari -- magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.
Kell was raised in Arnes -- Red London -- and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.
Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see. It's a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive.
"A Darker Shade of Magic has all the hallmarks of a classic work of fantasy. Schwab has given us a gem of a tale...This is a book to treasure."--Deborah Harkeness, New York Times bestselling author of the All Souls trilogy
Shades of Magic series
1. A Darker Shade of Magic
2. A Gathering of Shadows
3. A Conjuring of Light
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From Library Staff
The first book in a fantasy series, A Darker Shade of Magic follows Kell, one of the last remaining magicians in her world that is able to travel between the four parallel Londons. An expert world builder, Victoria Schwab created a series with wild, fast paced action and plenty of magic.
Kell is one of the last Antari -- magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they'll first need to stay alive.
LPL_EliH Nov 03, 2017
August 2017- the first in a trilogy, this fantasy novel has tons of magic and parallel worlds.
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Frightening or Intense Scenes: People being turned into monsters, the main villains torture multiple characters throughout the book.
Coarse Language: Several curse words are used throughout, including the f-word.
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