Waiting on Wednesday: A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. This meme spotlights upcoming releases that I'm eagerly anticipating.
A Darker Shade of Magic
A Darker Shade of Magic #1
Victoria Schwab
Expected Publication: February 24, 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy
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.
The cover reminds me of those covers from the 60s or 70s. There's a mod feel to it.

This book sounds like it's going to be epic - a heavy book that's really meaty in content not unlike that of A Discovery of Witches.
Ayanami Faerudo


  1. This sounds so amazing!
    I have had Vicious on my TBR forever.
    Great pick!
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  2. This is a popular pick! I'm waiting as well. Sounds exciting!

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  3. I'm so excited for this one, too! I agree with the Mod look to the cover, very cool!

  4. Ahhh, aren't we all waiting on this one. I definitively am! Great pick! =)
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  5. Victoria Schwab always has so many amazing books in her arsenal. I hope this one is just as good as her others. Great choice.


  6. I've heard many great things about Schwab as a writer, unfortunately I have yet to pick up one of her books (what's wrong with me)! This one sounds like another amazing story, great pick this week! Happy Wednesday!

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  7. This sounds really great! Magicians and parallel universes...count me in. I'm following you via Bloglovin, please follow back when you get a chance. Also check out our WOW book...also has a magician in it....http://www.readinginthetardis.com/waiting-on-wednesday-the-magicians-lie/

  8. I wasn't crazy about Schwab's book Vicious, but I do like the premise of A Darker Shade of Magic, so I might have to check this one out. In particular, the worldbuilding sounds really cool!

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