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Author: V.E. Schwab
Shades of Magic #1
Goodreads Synopsis: “Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.
Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.
Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.”
Review: I have been wanting to read this series forever. I see it posted on instagram all the time but for some reason, I just never got around to reading it. I finally had an Amazon gift card and decided it was time to buy it. I am so happy I did. This was such a fun and awesome read (though I did find two typos), I finished it in 3 days, I devoured it and I can’t wait for next my gift card to go out and buy the next one! Here’s all the reasons why I loved this story.
I loved Kell and Lila. They were so fun and lovable characters. Both were intricate to the story but neither felt forced. I also loved how easily everything flowed together, I loved that even when I wasn’t reading about Kell and Lila for a chapter, I was bored. It was the opposite, the supporting story lines were just enough. There weren’t too many of them, and they were short and to the point so I never felt like it was for nothing.
I also loved the segments, like it was an Act with different sections on top of the chapters. I partly loved this because it helped me determine what I was going to read, instead of two chapters, I would just read to the next act. The story was also so fast paced that it was easy to get lost in the action.
Speaking of action, that’s another thing I loved. There was never a dull moment in this story, I never found chapters boring, or misused. Instead of found every word important, every detail was concise (I want to be an Antari, or at least meet Kell!) and it all moved so smoothly. I loved the magic world with some people that didn’t have magic, I loved the loyalty, strength shown by the characters. It somewhat reminded me of Harry Potter at times, which is probably why I liked it so much.
I can’t wait to read the next adventure in Kell and Lila’s story.
Overall Rating: 5/5 stars