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A Darker Shade of Magic av V. E. Schwab
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A Darker Shade of Magic (urspr publ 2017; utgåvan 2016)

av V. E. Schwab (Författare)

Serier: Shades of Magic (1)

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"From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic. Kell is one of the last Travelers--magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes--as such, he can choose where he lands. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there's Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne--a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now. Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see--a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive--and that is proving trickier than they hoped. "--… (mer)
Medlem:Bradman861
Titel:A Darker Shade of Magic
Författare:V. E. Schwab (Författare)
Info:Tor Books (2016), Edition: Reprint, 416 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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buddy read with a whole bunch of cool people!!

this book was pretty slow-paced, but still amazing! ( )
  Akacya | Feb 28, 2021 |
This book has inspired me to work on a blog post about age and torture. Should I post it? What are your thoughts on the matter? ( )
  Wanda-Gambling | Feb 18, 2021 |
I liked this book but it took some work.

Firstly the basic worldbuilding concept was excellent. A twist on the "ancient evil that was banished long ago comes back" trope in a way that made it very interesting and readable.

The characters were good but here is where I have a grievance - I wish more space was given to Kell's relation to Rhy and the Royal couple. While the Rhy thing is expounded on a bit I was never entirely sure where Kell stood in relation to the King.
Lila was exciting and funny, though I am getting slightly tired of this "thieves/prostitutes with hearts of gold" thing

Now while the writing is good I think it could have been even better. My reason for saying this is that I was parallel reading another book and often I did not want to pick this one up again as the other one was more gripping.

I honestly don't see the space for the sequel unless something rather outlandish happens.

Overall a pretty good book. I will pick up the next one. ( )
  Andorion | Feb 6, 2021 |
Kell is an Antari, he has magic powers in a world where magic exists, always sought after, not always attainable. All artifacts from "Black London" were to be destroyed. But, of course, they haven't been. When he is "given" one of these artifacts, he realizes it must be destroyed. Kell is able to travel between Red London, his home, Gray London, where hardly any magic exists, and White London, where the king and queen are greedy, powerful, and out to get him. He must pass through the other Londons to get to Black London, where he is sure he will destroy the artifact, and lose his life. ( )
  mcorbink | Jan 28, 2021 |
This is a YA fantasy set in parallel worlds where magic works. I liked this book, and I will be reading the next in the series someday. The worldcraft knocked my socks off. Schwab has developed the mechanics of the magic- and its limitations and its social implications and its true nature. It has sensuous details: Balanced magic smells like cut flowers, power magic fades out colors, and each parallel world has its own distinct miasma.

The characters worked well and held my interest, but they won't follow me into my dreams. There are two sufficiently complex characters working out a relationship while solving a rather interesting problem, and a genuinely complex villain.

Pacing almost ruined this book. If this book were not a gift from a friend, I would not have finished it. When I hit the wall, I made a list of characters so that I could keep track of those I did not care enough about to remember. Later on, though, I realized I was following along just because I was hooked.

By the end, I wanted to stay in this world and keep following these characters. ( )
  kimallyn | Jan 25, 2021 |
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Schwab, V. E.primär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Crossley, StevenBerättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Hiddleston, TomBerättaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Staehle, WillOmslagmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Weinberg, MiriamRedaktörmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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Such is the quandary when it comes to magic, that it is not an issue of strength but of balance. For too little power, and we become weak. Too much, and we become something else entirely. ---- Tieren Serense. head priest of London Sanctuary
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"From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic. Kell is one of the last Travelers--magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes--as such, he can choose where he lands. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there's Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne--a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now. Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see--a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive--and that is proving trickier than they hoped. "--

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