Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic By V.E Schwab


Most people only know one London; but what if there were several? Kell is one of the last Travelers magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel Londons. There is Grey London, dirty and crowded and without magic, home to the mad king George III. There is Red London, where life and magic are revered. Then, White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. But once upon a time, there was Black London..

My thoughts..

I DNF this book at 50%

Normally I wouldn’t review a book I hadn’t finished but then normally I don’t abandon a book halfway through. This book had SO MUCH promise, there was magic and alternate universes with different Londons and a whole lot of mystery. I wanted to know what Kell was forced to forget, I wanted to know what became of Black London, I wanted to know where the hell this story was going.

So why then was I unable to finish this book? Honestly it LITERALLY bored me to sleep. I fell asleep reading this book about three times. That is not usual for me. Every book I have ever read I attempt to read in one sitting, I’ve finished books at 2am knowing I needed to get up at 7am, I’ve read books for ten hours straight and never been bored. I’ve never in my entire life been put to sleep by a book.

Somehow this book took all the elements of a great fantasy and made them duller and blander. The way the story was written for me wasn’t entertaining and riveting. I didn’t care about the main characters let alone the side pieces. It just fell flat, I was curious but not interested enough to find out more.

I know I am mostly alone in this opinion. This book seems to be very popular so you may well enjoy this book immensely. I felt like this book does not live up to the hype at all and my TBR is far too long to force myself into finish reading this book.

Rating: 2/5 stars

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