Ok, so this review has been a LONG time coming for me. I finished this a while back, and have read a few other books since but I have not had the time to write any of my reviews, so without further ado….
This book was so captivating that I simply COULD NOT put it down, and after finishing it, it moved up in to my top 10, quite possibly top 5 favorite books. V.E. Schwab has a way with weaving magic through words. I really enjoyed the idea of layering the world into parallels of the same place. Schwab writes about 4 different Londons; Grey London which has no magic, White London which has a dark chaotic magic about it, Red London which is powerful and has magic in balance, and Black London which has been consumed by magic. Only the Antari, a powerful type of magician, can travel between these Londons, though there are only 2 Antari left in the world at this time. As you can see, the idea is intricate and above all fascinating.
To keep in fashion of not giving away spoilers in my reviews, I will not say much more other than the fact that EVERYONE needs to read this book. I immediately purchased book 2, A Gathering of Shadows, which I have also read. I now am in dire need of the final book to come out, but have read that it is not being released until February. So do yourself a favor and pick up a Darker Shade of Magic today and thank me later.
Over the next few days I will be working on catching up on all the books I have read through the past couple of months as well as posting my Lit Cube and Stars Hollow unboxing. I hope everyone had an AMAZING 4th of July!!!