Quick Review: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

a darker shade of magic I knew from the description of this book it would be one I would love.  I don’t know why I waited so long to pick it up.  Kell is an Antari, or a person who has special magic that allows him to go between different worlds.  He travels from Red London to Grey London to White London and back.  He is the official ambassador between the different Monarchs of the different but he also has a side business of fencing items  between back and forth which is strictly forbidden after what happened to Black London.  Black London was overrun by magic that it devoured itself.  Red London shut it’s doors to the other London’s leaving White London to deal with Black London and Grey London without magic at all.  Delilah (Lila) Bard is a thief in Grey London, stealing to get by.  She has big dreams of being a pirate and leaving London behind.  When one of Kell’s transactions goes bad he is forced to team up with Lila to save all the Londons.  It’s a fun read that is full of twists and turns and has some great characters.  Kell seemingly has nothing to be upset about being he is treated like a prince and is like family to the Royal family of Red London but he knows he is just one of their possessions.  He may live with them and treated as a soon but he wouldn’t be if he wasn’t useful to them.  Lila is a orphan who only has herself to rely on. Together they make one of a hell of team.  Lila is one smart cookie. On more than one occasion it’s her wits and fast thinking that gets them out of trouble.  Kell is not so bad himself.  When he figures out what is going on, he knows whatever he has to do and it means sacrificing himself to save others.  I can’t wait to read what happens next for Kell and Lila.

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