A Darker Shade of Magic

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A Darker Shade of Magic Publisher's Summary

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. There's White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. 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 cutpurse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. 

©2015 Victoria Schwab (P)2015 Tantor
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  • Book 1

    • A Darker Shade of Magic

    • A Darker Shade of Magic, Book 1
    • By: V. E. Schwab
    • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
    • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 5,609
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,221
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5,212

    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. There's White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • social commentary magical high fantasy

    • By withherownwings on 08-31-15

    Regular price: $27.99

  • Book 2

    • A Gathering of Shadows

    • A Novel
    • By: V. E. Schwab
    • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,877
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,677
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,666

    Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell's possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland's dying body through the rift, and into Black London. In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Solid Second Installment

    • By Beth Anne on 02-28-16

    Regular price: $23.62

  • Book 3

    • A Conjuring of Light

    • Shades of Magic, Book 3
    • By: V. E. Schwab
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,325
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,182
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,179

    Londons fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes struggle. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees the newly minted New York Times best-selling author V. E. Schwab reach a thrilling conclusion concerning the fate of beloved protagonists - and old foes.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great ending to a wonderful adventure...

    • By Melinda E. Sabo on 02-26-17

    Regular price: $33.07