“Waiting On” Wednesday (58): A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

This week’s spotlight is on:

A Darker Shade final for IreneA DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC

by V.E. Schwab

Release Date: February 24, 2015

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, who 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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Why am I waiting?

My imagination is running wild just reading that blurb. Parallel universes, a hero who’s both ambassador and smuggler, and a heroine (?) who, to me, looks like she’s running from something, and this big, dangerous adventure that they’re both in. How could I not want this book?

What are you “waiting on” this Wednesday? I would love to hear all about them.

 

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13 thoughts on ““Waiting On” Wednesday (58): A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab”

      1. You know what? Its labeled as “Sneak Peek” but I think its the uncorrected ARC. Its not 100 pages at all. Check yours. Im halfway through the book now.

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