"Waiting On" Wednesday | A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E. Schwab

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.

My pick of the week is:

Tor Books
February 24, 2015

From Netgalley:
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, 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.

Since my Top 6 Most Anticipated Books for Jan - May, 2015 post, I've been lucky enough to read a preview of A Darker Shade of Magic thanks to Tor and Netgalley. From reading Vicious, I knew Victoria Schwab's writing is amazing, but this, this is something else entirely - it's beautiful and utterly magical and with it she's woven intricate and unique new worlds with intriguing, extremely different characters. I've already automatically fallen in love with Kell and Lila; the way they're both written and described is so mesmerising and I can't wait to read and find out more about them when the full A Darker Shade of Magic is finally released - no doubt they both have interesting pasts and backstories! From the preview alone and that great cliffhanger we're left with, this feels like it's going to be a fantastic beginning to a great new series and I'm so, so excited to continue on with the rest of the story when the release date comes around next month.

Are you planning on picking up ADSoM?
And what other releases are you excited for?


  1. I'm definitely planning to pick up ADSoM, everyone has been talking about this book and it sounds so good. Here's our WoW :)

  2. Oooh I'll definitely be picking this one up! It sounds so good. I love books with magic and the cover is so pretty.


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