Waiting on Wednesday – A Darker Shade of Magic

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – A Darker Shade of Magic
A Darker Shade of Magic
Shades of Magic #1

Written by: Victoria Schwab
Release date: February 24th 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Buy: Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

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—and 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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GUYS YOU SHOULD NOT BE WONDERING WHY I’M WAITING ON THIS BOOK.

Okay sorry for the capslock, but that’s really all my brain can think in, when I’m thinking about this book. Victoria Schwab is one of my favorite authors/humans of all time, and her books are seriously freaking AMAZING. I have no idea how she did it, but she basically picked all these awesome things straight off of my I-NEED-IT-IN-MY-LIFE list when she came up with this book because it has (according to her post on Goodreads):

  • Magic [Yes, please.]
  • Cross-dressing thieves [Girls masquerading as boys are one of my VERY FAVORITE THINGS EVER so just shut up.]
  • (Aspiring) pirates [PIRATES!]
  • Londons (plural) [PLURAL! I MEAN WHAT. HOW DO YOU GET MORE AWESOME THAN THAT.]
  • Sadistic kings (and queens)
  • A royal who is equal parts Prince Harry and Jack Harkness [Let’s be real, who DOESN’T need this character in their life.]
  • More magic (blood magic, elemental magic, bad magic, etc. etc.)
  • Epic magicky fights scenes [YES PLEASE.]
  • Angst! [I am so there.]
  • And coats with more than two sides [I don’t know what this entails but I’LL TAKE IT.]

Just make your way down that list, and every. single. thing. is something I need in my life RIGHT NOW. Combine all of them, and I guarantee you this is a book you do not want to miss.

Add it to your Goodreads shelves, tell Siri to remind you when it’s coming out (Feb 24!! SO FAR AWAY OMG), tell your friends about it, request it from your library (okay it actually is probably too early for that but whatever), PREORDER IT NEARLY NINE MONTHS IN ADVANCE — just make sure you have a way to get your hands on this book when it comes out. I’m telling you. Seriously.

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

Link me to your WoW post and I’ll be sure to stop by! :)

18 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday – A Darker Shade of Magic

  1. UGHHHHH. I NEEEEEDDDD THIS BOOK IN MY LIFE.

    THAT COVER, THE SYNOPSIS, YEEESSS PLEASEEEEEE. THE BULLETPOINTS ARE EVERYTHING I LOVE. LIKE THIS BOOK IS PERFFFEECCTTTT.

    I will do anything for a copy. Anything.

  2. Now I think I should finally read something by her (I know, I really should have by now) I don’t usually read that much Adult, but I haven’t even read her YA two yet (so I don’t really have an excuse). Going to ASAP! :)

  3. OMGEE I am so excited for this book!!!! Vicious is one of my favorite books of all time and I love Victoria Schwab so much. This book looks amazing, and you totally summed it up – the magic, the cross-dressing! And that cover is gorgeous, I totally want a print for my wall. Great choice! And I’m a new follower on Bloglovin! I love your site design. :)

  4. Haha, love your list. And love the book, definitive a need-to-read-badly!! I’m usually not so much a fan of time- and world-travelling, but I think I might enjoy the chaos this one entails. Pirates… HARR!!!!

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