Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine to spotlight upcoming book releases that we're excited about.

This week's pick
Release date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Tor Books
Format: Hardcover, 400 pages

Goodreads description
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.

Victoria Schwab doing a parallel universe story with different versions of London? Count me in! I can't wait to see the different versions of London and meet Kell and Delilah. I love reading about girl thieves with a taste for adventure. What do you think of the description?


  1. Awesome pick, you know I'm waiting on this one right along with you!! It sounds SO FREAKING AMAZING! I can't wait to visit the different versions of London too :D Gah! I can't wait! Here's hoping we both get our hands on this pretty soon! ♥

  2. Very nice choice! I'm looking forward to this very much myself. =)
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  3. This book sounds amazing! I'm definitely waiting impatiently for this! Great pick!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

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  4. This is the second time I am seeing this one on the WoW post! I have not read any of this authors books, but it sounds rather good! Thanks for sharing!

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    Kenzi @Shattered Hearts Reviews

  5. I struggle with parallel universe books, but I've heard nothing but good things about Victoria Schwab and this is definitely one book I want to try. It sounds too good to pass up.
    Lovely pick!

    Nick - My WoW

  6. Oooh YES, I need this book! I love the sound of it, and all the different London's. I can't WAIT!! Great pick :D

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