A Darker Shade of Magic Review

Paperback, 384 Pages
Adult/ Fantasy
By: V.E. Schwab

โ€œSome people steal to stay alive, and some steal to feel alive. Simple as that.โ€

๐ŸŒŸ I have read many of Victoria’s books but I always believe in my mind that I haven’t for some reason. I guess that reason is that I haven’t finished this series yet, this has been on my TBR for more than 2 years and I finally read it and can say that I joined the fandom now.

๐ŸŒŸ I knew this was going to be a good book as soon as I read the opening line, and that’s something that Victoria is good at. I always easily get into her books and I am a fanboy for short chapters/ fast pacing, 2 things which are usually found in this author’s books. I was intrigued by the first couple of chapters and this was hard to put down which explains why I finished it quickly.

๐ŸŒŸ The writing is as great as ever and after reading 6 books by Schwab, I no longer question her writing abilities, I go into her books while being sure I will like them.

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๐ŸŒŸ The world building and magical system is the strongest aspect in this story so if you are a fan of those, then this book is perfect for you. I was simply fascinated by the rules and wanted more and more. The idea is simple yet very interesting!

๐ŸŒŸ The characters were so fleshed out and my favorite till this point is Holland. Kell is great and Lila has the Inej/ Kaz vibe, if they had a daughter then she would be Lila! The twins were so cunning and evil and I am excited for the next books’ characters.

๐ŸŒŸ The plot was good but not as good as Schwab’s other books, If you like plot-driven books then this may not be the best. Vicious and Vengeful were better at that.

๐ŸŒŸ Summary: The story has a powerful world building and 3D characters but is a bit lacking in the plot aspect. I enjoyed it very much and I believe that it will get even better and that’s why I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

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๐ŸŒŸ Prescription: For fans of stories with good world building/ characters. For Schwab’s fans who hasn’t read it yet.

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  1. Agreed, I love this series, although I’m behind and still need to read the last book. And I plan to read Vengeful before the end of the year๐Ÿ˜

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  2. Great review!! A Darker Shade of Magic is the first Schwab book I read and I absolutely devoured the series ๐Ÿ˜€ I just started Vicious yesterday and I see what you mean by Schwab having great opening lines and sucking you in right away!

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  3. So glad you liked this one! Holland truly just gets better by the books. Iโ€™m really hoping you like the rest of the books in the trilogy! I found the second one to be a bit slow (still enjoyed it tremendously), but really adored the last book. Happy reading!

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  4. I also gave ADSOM 4 stars. I haven’t read the following two yet because I feel like it works as a standalone fantasy just fine. BUT I also want to know what happens next.

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