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A Darker Shade of Magic

author: V.E. Schwab (2015)
series: Shades of Magic #1
date read: 2020-07-18
pages: 400
lists: fantasy , parallel-worlds
rating: β˜… β˜… β˜† β˜† β˜†

A Darker Shade of Magic should be a book I like a whole lot: Decent writing, imperfect characters, parallel worlds – particularly parallel Londons – connected by magic, this book has it all.

And yet, it left me strangely cold. All the challenges the characters run into felt just a bit too contrived, as if they were the author’s whim. The female sassy-thief-finding-her-conscience (sorry, but true) just a bit too clever, the protagonist just a bit too bumbling, the evil antagonists just a bit too evil … The different worlds just a bit too stereotyped into their niches.

It’s not bad Fantasy by any means, but it didn’t work for me.

Further Reading

For parallel magical London: Un Lun Dun