Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Darker Shade of Magic Collector's Edition
Darker Shade of Magic Collector's Edition | V E Schwab
A Darker Shade of Magic, the first book in V.E. Schwab's New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy, is now available in a special collector's edition. With a revamped, metallic ink detailed cover and reading ribbon, this edition will also feature the following bonus material: *End papers featuring fan art*A glossary of Arnesian and Antari terms*An interview between author and editor*Original (never before seen!) tales from within the Shades of Magic world*Signed title page-A Darker Shade of Magic has all the hallmarks of a classic work of fantasy...a gem of a tale. This is a book to treasure.- --Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of the All Souls trilogyKell 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.Shades of Magic series1. A Darker Shade of Magic2. A Gathering of Shadows3. A Conjuring of Light
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
blurb
ShyBookOwl
post image

Warm mulled wine and a good book. A good way to put a stressful day behind you.

ShyBookOwl @Chrissyreadit yeah! First time I've had it. I've been missing out lol 2d
76 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
ShyBookOwl
post image

Finally starting A Darker Shade of Magic. I've only heard good things.

Soubhiville Nice! I liked it. 5d
j9brown It's a very fun read! 5d
ShyBookOwl @j9brown seems so. The whole Other Londons thing reminds me of Neverwhere, which I love 5d
59 likes3 comments
review
Redwritinghood
post image
Pickpick

This was a fun fantasy novel. Great world building and narration on the audiobook. 3.5⭐️

58 likes1 stack add
review
KatieDid927
post image
Pickpick

I really dig this world! I like Lila! And Kell! I‘m excited to see what happens next!

#Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

#SeriesRead @TheSpineView

TheSpineView 🤩🤩🤩 3w
30 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
thebluestocking
post image
Mehso-so

I liked the idea of the four Londons, and I was certainly interested in the story. But I felt that it didn‘t have enough character development and that the pacing was off (all bad catastrophic stuff ALL the time). I liked the writing, though, and I‘ll probably read more Schwab in the future.

review
Slajaunie
post image
Pickpick

Good story but not as interesting as I thought.

MommyOfTwo I love this series, I need to get the last one yet 1mo
64 likes1 comment
review
hilaryreads
Mehso-so

I really enjoyed the world they created but I think I needed more action in the storyline. The writing didn‘t really connect me to the characters.

blurb
dxmy
post image

V. E. Schwab signed the whole trilogy, and wrote my name in this one! I feel so happyyyy 🤭🤓

blurb
dxmy
post image

I met V. E. Schwab today at YALFU in Utrecht!! First time ever meeting a 'big' author, it was so cool!!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎊🎊🎊 1mo
11 likes1 comment
blurb
BookwormAHN
post image

1 I love the whole series 🖤
2 black
3 I started #Screamathon & #Scarathlon
Yea #TeamStoker @TheReadingMermaid 👻
4 I can do both
5 ✔
#friyayintro @howjessreads

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
53 likes1 comment
blurb
TracyReadsBooks
post image

And A Darker Shade of Magic movie news too!!! Schwab posted this not too long ago on her Twitter—so excited to see these books on the big screen.

blurb
KatieDid927
post image

October is here! I love themed reading in October! This is my slightly ambitious TBR pile for #Screamathon. We‘ll see how far I get, plus I have to finish The Testaments first! Happy Spooktober reading! #AllHallowsRead

cathipink Oooh, some good ones in there! 2mo
4thhouseontheleft So many good books in that stack! Great idea to read Stiff in October. 2mo
britt_brooke Love the magnets, especially Vonnegut! (edited) 2mo
See All 7 Comments
LaurenELovesToRead Do you suggest The Chestnut Man? 1mo
KatieDid927 @LaurenELovesToRead Dunno, haven't read it yet! This is my TBR for October. Will post a review once I do. 1mo
40 likes7 comments
blurb
kate_reads
post image

Because my VE Schwab shelves needed it 🤩

review
Soubhiville
post image
Pickpick

I really liked this @Avanders , and I used your bookmark with it, because it felt like a perfect match.

I thought this was YA, but I‘m not sure after reading it... anyone know how it‘s usually classified?

Anyway, I thought it had a bit of a slow start, but once I got through the world building part the story was great. I‘ll definitely continue the series. ❤️
#Sietje

TheReadingMermaid Slow maybe, but good! 😘 2mo
Soubhiville @TheReadingMermaid yes, definitely! 2mo
See All 8 Comments
Andrew65 I want to get to this, well done. 👏👏👏 2mo
valeriegeary I think this is adult fantasy. If I'm remembering correctly she uses V.E. for her adult fiction and Victoria for her YA/middle grade books. 🤗 2mo
Cortg My library system has it labeled Adult Science Fiction. I would have thought Fantasy though. 2mo
Avanders Yay! I agree... not quite ya... but almost like, new ya. Older and grittier... 2mo
75 likes1 stack add8 comments
blurb
Slajaunie
post image

Starting this one. Hope it is good.

ManyWordsLater It is good! 2mo
Slajaunie Good to know! @ManyWordsLater 2mo
TracyReadsBooks It‘s really good and, for what it‘s worth, is being made into a movie! 2mo
72 likes1 stack add3 comments
blurb
Soubhiville
post image

I‘m starting this morning with this one for #24b4monday. I have almost 6 hours on the clock from yesterday. Enjoying this so far!

Andrew65 A great start, will be interested in your thoughts on this book. 2mo
Avanders I need to get back to this series.... ♥️ 2mo
61 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
nitalibrarian
post image
blurb
Soubhiville
post image

Hi #AuthorAMonth folks! September must be a busy month for us all, as only 2 folks have posted reviews! 😱 If you have read a VE Schwab this month and posted your review, please check your post to be sure you used the hashtag and tagged me so I can record it on my spreadsheet.

October will be Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, put in your Library hold now 😊.

(Fan art found on Pinterest, artist not listed.)

ValerieAndBooks I am still waiting for the ebook hold to come in for this (edit: for Vicious) — I just couldn‘t touch the poor-condition print copy from the library anymore. I tried getting into the first of her Shades of Magic trilogy, but couldn‘t. Ebook hold just came in for this one 👉 and maybe it will do it for me for this month 🤞 (edited) 2mo
ValerieAndBooks (Note edit above) 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👌 I will read one before the month ends. 2mo
53 likes3 comments
blurb
julesG
post image

1) London, UK - not a unique choice 😶
2) overcast and humid morning - it's 8.15am
3) with a phycisist who only talked about his lab work, was sitting straight as a board in a pub and had no sense of humour
4) two kids, two cats
5) impatiently waiting for Friday to roll around the world. 😁

#friyayintro @howjessreads

Cathythoughts Oh dear number 3 😬. I‘ll have to think about that one .... 2mo
Tanisha_A @Cathythoughts Hahahah! So cute! 2mo
72 likes2 comments
review
BookwormAHN
post image
Pickpick

I love this book. The reread was fun and I had forgotten what a badass Lila is.
#AuthoraMonth @Soubhiville @MinDea
#bookfitnesschallenge #BFCr3 @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn What an awesome map! 😍 2mo
BookwormAHN @wanderinglynn Thank you, it came with the 3 book set 😺 2mo
Soubhiville This is the one I plan to read this month. 🤞 2mo
76 likes3 comments
review
MeganAnn
post image
Pickpick

I know I was late to the party on this series, but I read it this summer and absolutely ❤️ it!

Kell & Lila & Rhy & Alucard & the alternate London captured me completely. I raced through the series, reading each book as quickly as possible. This is the kind of fantasy I fall for over and over again. Compulsive, immersive, inventive with characters who capture your imagination and make you wish you lived in their world. A new favorite🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Centique I love it so much too! 2mo
64 likes1 comment
blurb
ness
post image

I got to meet Victoria Schwab again today, and this time, I could show her my Delilah Bard tattoo!! 📸 @Rabidgummibear

brilliantglow This is an awesome picture! 2mo
Palimpsest Awesome! I love her books. Just finished Tunnel of Bones Thursday. 2mo
31 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
Graciouswarriorprincess
post image

I met the fabulous V. E. Schwab tonight. Yes, I am the crazy person who goes out with a hurricane warning to see an author. #booklover #alwayslovedbook #publiclibrary

Daria.Adrianna21 So jealous!!!! 2mo
AmyG 🙌🏻 2mo
phantomx I am amazed at your power to defy mother nature (and weather warnings) in order to see an amazing author and get a book signed. Kudos to you! 2mo
See All 12 Comments
ShelfRighteous I just finished this written by her🤩 2mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @Daria.Adrianna21 @AmyG 😁 @phantomx Thanks. The weather forecasts was surprising as it was mostly raining but I think the worst of it was overnight with the rain and wind. @ShelfRighteous She talked about that book. I need to read it. :) 2mo
ShelfRighteous @Graciouswarriorprincess Its even better than the first one!🤩 2mo
jmtrivera It's Schwab, so I get it. 😂 2mo
GardenJess I am so jealous! My son and his auntie got to go and meet her but I had another thing. *sniff* 2mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @GardenJess Aww, I'm sorry. :( 2mo
GardenJess Thanks! Next year I‘m there with bells on! 2mo
70 likes12 comments
blurb
Graciouswarriorprincess
post image

The fabulous V.E. Schwab.

review
Kajohnson
post image
Pickpick

Loving it so far. 90 pages in 🙌🏻

review
Meg4n6
post image
Pickpick

Had a seriously good time today at the National Book Festival in DC. Got to meet V. E. Schwab, David Grann, Joshua Hammer, and David Quammen. My feet are killing me but it was 100% worth it. Plus picking up some super cute book totes and a Bibliophile pin.

review
rkeo
post image
Pickpick

3.75⭐ This book has so much potential, but was blandly executed. The author claims this is not a YA novel, yet nothing about it is more mature, complex, or dark than a typical YA fantasy novel. All PG-13 action and easy prose. The plot is good but not great, & the characters a tad underdeveloped & predictable (though likeable enough to root for them). I'm curious to see how the series ends, but I'm not dying to pick up the sequel anytime soon.

review
bourne.shell
post image
Pickpick

Surprised how much I like this. I don't usually read pure Fantasy. Kell is such a great character and Lila!!... you just want to know more about them. So easy to read. Short chapters that just encourage you to get reading over and over. Just read it!

quote
TheSpineView
post image
review
Emily2002
post image
Pickpick

I finished this book this morning and it was phenomenal! This was my very first V.E.Schwab book I‘ve read so far,I absolutely adored it so much,I loved learning about the different London‘s,also Kell and Lila were just adorable? I must say! I can‘t wait to see more of Rhy in the second book I‘ll just love him! 💕Overall I totally recommend this book to the moon and back!
My Rating-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

review
eloreads
post image
Panpan

2.5
I had high hopes for this. The plot has potential but it fell flat. I felt indifferent to the characters, no matter how much I tried, couldn‘t like any of them. Lila felt like the typical badass girl that has become popular in fantasy. Kell was boring. Every other character was one-dimensional. As much as this book talks about the four Londons there‘s really no other explanation to them or differences aside from how magic is used in each.

bg_reads This is exactly how I am feeling about this right now! I was kind of chewed out on Instagram for saying it wasn't my cup of tea... I'm not sure I want to keep going! 😨 3mo
eloreads @bg_reads Oh no! I‘m sorry that happened to you. I‘ll never understand why people do that, people have different opinions, we don‘t have to like the same things! I‘m not sure if I want to continue either. 3mo
12 likes2 comments
blurb
eloreads
post image

Just a little over 200 pages in and feeling “meh” about it. Does it get any better?

blurb
Sydneyreads
post image

Perfect Thursday afternoon

Reviewsbylola What a pretty cookie! 4mo
28 likes1 comment
blurb
Books.Bottles.and.Babies
post image

July has officially come to an end which means it's finally time for the #newtsreadathon2019 📚📚
I'm still working out some of my choices for my #newtstbr but I know I'm starting with A Darker Shade of Magic because it's the book club pick for #fictionfuedsociety

Books.Bottles.and.Babies Hopefully, I'll have a more solid TBR set in the next few days, but for now here's my July wrap up➡️
12 books:
*The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (reread, audiobook)
*Fearless Fourteen (audiobook)
*Lock Every Door
*HP and Sorcerer's Stone (reread, audiobook)
*Revenge
*Picnic at Hanging Rock
*I'll be Gone in the Dark
*Kingdom of Copper
*The Lying Game
*The Maze of Bones
*The Couple Next Door
*Nevernight
4mo
Books.Bottles.and.Babies 📚🧙💚🐍🦁🦅🦡💚🧙📚
Who else is participating in the #magicalreadathon2019 ??? I'll be doing it with my boys and updating all of our readathon fun on IG, Litsy, and Twitter. Let me know if you're doing the readathon, I'd love to follow your NEWTs!
4mo
Scochrane26 What‘s the newtsreadathon? 4mo
Books.Bottles.and.Babies @Scochrane26 It's a month long Harry Potter themed readathon. It started with the OWLs in April, now we're starting the NEWTs. 4mo
52 likes2 stack adds5 comments
review
crystalizedbooks
Pickpick

I adore this series! It was a little rough for me at first but I picked it up again, and still magical! It is definitely a book you have to fully be ready to dive into. Once you do you will fall in love with the story and how Schwab describes each London.

seaves582 I go back and forth on reading this. It sounds amazing, but I have heard some criticism. Have you read them all? 4mo
crystalizedbooks @seaves582 yes I have read them all. I would say each has a part in which it does drag on, but I enjoyed them! I think it's a book series you either love or not love. 4mo
7 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
bookandbedandtea
post image
Pickpick

Finally finished this on my drive to work this morning and I'm eager to get the second one to find out what happens next. This world and these characters are very intriguing. Definite pick!

jillrhudy I really enjoyed the trilogy. 4mo
TheSpineView I loved it too! Just bought the boxed set for my grandson. 4mo
bookandbedandtea @jillrhudy I love it too! (So far 😉) I was able to check out the second audiobook so I'll be starting that on the way home. 4mo
See All 6 Comments
bookandbedandtea @TheSpineView I'm thinking about buying it for my son. I'm pretty sure he'll love it! 4mo
jillrhudy @bookandbedandtea No sooner do I get through a print series than everyone is raving about the audio! Then I feel as though maybe I missed the boat! 4mo
bookandbedandtea @jillrhudy I've only started listening to audiobooks in the last year as I now have a long drive to work. I still prefer to read than listen but this helps me on my commute. I'm not sure I loved the narration on this one but I enjoyed the story which is definitely the biggest thing! 4mo
25 likes6 comments
blurb
MommyOfTwo
post image

blurb
cjk
post image

15 likes1 stack add
blurb
bookandbedandtea
post image

1- The Bride Test, The Key To Happily Ever After, and, on audio, A Darker Shade of Magic👰💝💫
2- The One and Only Ivan 🦍
3- Meeting up with my bestie for a girl's weekend in Palm Springs! 😁🔥

blurb
book_princessBritt
post image

1) always here to rec VE Schwab 2) Spider-Man: Far from home 3) smoothies 4) 9 cousins I think (not counting second cousins) #friyayintro

blurb
wideeyedreader
post image

1. I‘m pretty sure I‘ve told all my friends so read the tagged at least once!
2. Tolkien, the biopic about the author‘s life. I went to see it with my dad and fellow Tolkien nerd
3. Fruit salad! I don‘t know why, but it screams summer to me
4. Four, all much younger than me
5. @AmyK1 #friyayintro

emz711 I just audioread this recently, really good 4mo
wideeyedreader @emz711 It‘s one of my favorites! 4mo
16 likes2 comments
review
alegx
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is the first book I‘ve read all year 😅
Nothing seemed to capture my attention until Kell and his strange coat and Lila and her knives came along, and now my eyes hurt a little bit, but it was worth it.

blurb
sidherinn
blurb
bookandbedandtea
post image

I know I'm only about a third of the way into this, so much more info to come, but so far I don't like Lila or Holland much. Or maybe at all.
📷: pinterest

julesG 😼I get it. Read on. You might think differently soon. Or the same and keep disliking them. I wish I could read this series for the first time again. 4mo
bookandbedandtea @julesG I can see how they both might grow on me a little- Holland especially since he doesn't appear to have a choice right now- but currently I like Kell so much that his dealings with Lila, Holland, and of course the rock!, are giving me a bad impression of them. 🙃 4mo
julesG That's okay. Kell is great. I didn't like Lila at first, too. And Holland, well, he never really made it onto my faves list, but there'll be a few other badass characters to look forward to. 4mo
bookandbedandtea @julesG More BA characters sounds great to me! I'm eager to return to this world but probably won't get a chance till Monday. 😕 4mo
19 likes4 comments
blurb
bookandbedandtea
post image

🎧 Started this one on the ride home. I've heard good things about it.

TheSpineView I loved it! Hope you do too!😊 4mo
bookandbedandtea @TheSpineView I'm still in the first few chapters but I'm enjoying the world building. 👍 4mo
24 likes2 comments
review
mattthebookworm
Pickpick

I hated how the beginning was a tad bit slow. The book did get better because of how action packed the rest of the book is.

blurb
BooknerdsLife
post image

“I'd rather die on an adventure than live standing still”
#ColorMePretty #RedAndBlack
Reminded me of this #Fantasy series & first book I‘ve read by VE Schwab. About parallel Londons including Red, Grey & Black London. I was hooked by her writing & magical world building but most of all the characters she created! You might get hooked by the adventure but stay for the villains you‘d end up rooting for!
#booknerd #bibliophile #readinglife #bookworm

Sweetkokoro I have to say I like these covers so much more then the usual ones I see floating around at my B&N. I have yet to read it, but I feel I would be more enticed if I had seen these versions on the shelf. 4mo
julesG Loved this series! We do have a lot of books in common, it seems. 4mo
BooknerdsLife @Sweetkokoro Haha I normally prefer the US editions but in this case I do love the UK ones better too 😆❤️🖤 Oh I hope you‘ll get to read this soon! I‘ve now read most of her books & love them all! You can order this edition from bookdepository which offers free delivery internationally 👍🏼 4mo
BooknerdsLife @julesG Awww that‘s awesome!! 🤗How lovely we have similar taste in books! 😱💖 I love her YA duology too, which I think is a little under appreciated 😐 Still need to read the new one Vengeful tho🤗 4mo
41 likes2 stack adds4 comments
review
manoushka
post image
Pickpick

this was my second read of the summer, and so far my favourite ! It‘s been a really long time since i read a fantasy book that does it as well as this one. Can‘t wait to get my hands on the second book

blurb
book_princessBritt
post image

Just a shelf dedicated to the queen herself!