A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel (Shades of Magic #1) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 1 in the Shades of Magic series.

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"While the cover leaves a little to be desired, V. E. Schwab shows us the age old adage that you can not judge a book based on that alone. A Darker Shade of Magic is a beautifully plotted, well thought out, and deeply imaginative addition to the fantasy genre. Now available in a paperback edition, we are introduced to four unique versions of London, spread across different realities, and a Traveler, who has the ability to trek between each of them. World-builders, like Brandon Sanderson, should beware as Schwab gives them a run for their money. The magic in this book, which is a character in and of itself, is wonderfully fresh and dark, with tiny bits of additional details that really bring it to life. Overall, a very clever and wonderful twist to fantasy fiction, with a slight historical feel."

— Jodie

About the Author


VICTORIA “V. E.” SCHWAB is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including the acclaimed Shades universe, the Villains series, the City of Ghosts series, Gallant, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue and The Fragile Threads of Power. When not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, she lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781250344182
ISBN-10: 1250344182
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: May 14th, 2024
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: Shades of Magic