A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade final for Irene

Hitting shelves February 24th, 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.


19 thoughts on “A Darker Shade of Magic

  1. Caroline Pereira says:

    The concept of travelling through parallel universe is just so intriguing to me… Just imagine the possibility of having an Utopian and Dystopian version of the earth that we live in… so exciting… I cant wait to get my hands on this book…

  2. Peter says:

    Hello, is this coming out in hardcover too? Amazon currently only have paperback available for pre-order. Thanks, Peter

  3. ayomxmuzix says:

    Will there be an audiobook for this book?

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  5. Jamie says:

    Thank you for writing this book! I’m just over half way through and absolutely in love! Kell and his coats are awesome!

  6. Hannah Gowney-Hedges says:

    Brilliant book. Will there be a sequel?

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  9. Steven Newport says:

    I just finished the 2nd book and am left hanging. I hope your not going to wait to long for the 3rd book. I’m an old man and would love to finish this series. Please let me know so I can plan accordingly. LOL

  10. Steven Newport says:

    oh one more thing. I do hope you keep the same narrators Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, they are my favorite narrators. Thanks

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  15. pima says:

    Hi!!! I love the darker shade of magic series and have read and reread my copies of the books but when going on tumblr i found out that there are short stories for the series in the collectors edition, do you know where I can read said short stories about Kells past and Rhy and Alucards courting?

  16. Sara says:

    Hey! I really love this book series!

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