Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Waiting on Wedsneday (53) A Darker Shade of Magic

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 12:05 AM with 17 comments
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. Click the link to see the original post plus a whole slew of links to other blogs. After you read this one, of course.

20764555 A Darker Shade of Magic 

Author: V.E. Schwab
Publisher: Tor
Release Date: February 24, 2015

Link to Goodreads:

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.

Why I'm Excited:

This sounds so freaking amazing. I just. OMG. Seriously...

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(Um, totally read Vicious if you haven't already. It is amazing. Believe me, you'll feel the same way.)

EDIT: Ok, so after reading my first few comments I can see how the above statement was completely misleading. This isn't a sequel to Vicious--which is a stand-alone. It's just an awesome book that everybody should read. This book is actually the first book in a series. I just meant that based on Vicious, Victoria Schwab writing as V.E. is, um, awesome...I seriously need to find a new adjective. That is all.

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  1. OMG, I need to know about the perilous magic and the treachery!!! And apparently I need to read Vicious already. Such a cool choice, Natalie. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I haven't read Vicious yet (I probably should) but I checked this one out the other day and added it to my list, it seriously sounds like it will be so good. Excited!
    My wow.

  3. Wow! A Darker Shade of Magic sounds freakin awesome. Thanks for the heads up :)
    My WoW

  4. I have to check out these books, I hear so many amazing things about Vicious. LOL, that cover makes me think of The Little Prince. :)

  5. I still haven't read Vicious, but I've heard awesome things about it, and this one sounds equally awesome :)
    I will definitely read Vicious before this one comes out.
    Thanks for sharing and have a good day :)

  6. Wow, this sounds like a book will be adding to my wishlist. Great pick.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever's WoW

  7. Great pick, I just heard about this one yesterday and am dying to get my hands on a copy as it sounds fantastic! February seems like such a long way away :(

  8. I haven't read anything by this author before. I hope you enjoy reading it.
    My WoW

  9. Oh yes. Vicious is out of this world. I did enjoy that quite immensely, heck yeah. I want this. :) Great pick!

  10. So I'm the biggest V.E. Schwab fan, and I'm so glad you did this for your WoW! I plan on doing it sometime in the future. This cover is beyond gorgeous, and I'm so excited for this book! New follower on Bloglovin!

  11. I have Vicious to read and definitely need to hurry up and get to it, have heard a lot of great things. This is the first time I am seeing this book though and it does sound really great. Thanks for sharing :)

  12. It looks awesome. I love the cover. I have to read Vicious soon. I hear nothing but good things! :) Thanks for sharing. Adding it to my To Read list now.

  13. It sounds really interesting. I don't usually read young adult (I'm assuming it is since you said you read mostly YA), but it could be worth a try.
    Good pick :)

  14. This is the year I will finally read some of Schwab's books, I MUST! Because I hear such good things.

    Love this cover, too!

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

  15. I can't wait to read this one either. I love Victoria Schwab, loved Vicious and The Archived and The Unbound…so I'm definitely reading this. And parallel worlds…yes!!! ~Pam

  16. I will seriously read anything Schwab writes. I've read three of hers already and have one more on my shelf to be read, and I haven't been disappointed yet. I imagine this might be my favorite yet, though, based on that summary and everything she's been hinting at on Twitter. LOVE HER SO HARD. I'm right there with you on the incoherent wanting. =)


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