In A Darker Shade of Magic we meet our main protagonist Kell. He is one of the last Antari,-nagicians who can travel between parallel London’s.
Kell was raised in Red London and serves the Maresch Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest London, which is the magic-less Grey London. 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 consequence, which Kell is now seeing firsthand. When an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London, and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with big aspirations. She robs him, then ends up saving him from a deadly enemy, and forces Kell to spirit her into another world for a proper adventure. Now perilous magic is afoot and treacheary lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive..
Finally picked up ADSOM! People are always so hyped about VE Schwab’s books. But thanks to all the hype, I was very hesitant to pick them up! But I gave it a go in the end, and lemma tell ya, they were freaking right!
Kell is very neutral character, which makes him very likable. At certain things he made me confused, as in, he was “too” neutral at certain points. But in the end, he made it okay.
Delilah is a very different character, she is very stubborn and prefers to do things her own way. And she is so freaking ambitious!
I feel like I can’t tell you a lot about this book. The world building is great, and I had the idea I could really see all the different London’s right in front of me.
All I want right now, is the sequel! So guess I’ll have to get it asap?!
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars, and I would highly recommend it if you’re into more fantasy mixed with a form of “reality”.