Remember, how a few weeks ago I posted about three popular series I wanted to give a try this year? Guess what, (I mean, you’ve read the title, so you already know)? I finished the first book in VE Schwab’s Shades Of Magic trilogy: A Darker Shade Of Magic! So, let’s jump into this review!
When I first started reading A Darker Shade Of Magic, I was a bit confused when things would start happening, because the first 100 pages are used to introduce us to the characters and the world before the story starts developing further. I wasn’t used to these kinds of character introductions, but then I learned that it’s typical for Victoria Schwab and it makes sense, actually. I finished those 100 pages and was already too attached to some of the characters and really curious about others. One of my earliest notes to myself was ‘Am I supposed to be this attached to Rhy??’. That thought popped up over and over again for the entirety of the book.
I feel like the way we were introduced to Kell, Rhy, Lila, Holland and even the Dane Twins made sure that we would care about them (for the most part) and want to know what happens to them. I found myself rooting for people I probably shouldn’t be rooting for and worried for others.
What really drove the story in A Darker Shade Of Magic was the characters and their relationships with each other. Kell and Rhy were such a great dynamic to read about and then we have Lila and Kell who worked off each other so well. There wasn’t much of a romance, but I think we might be heading in that direction in the next two books. Which I won’t mind, I quite enjoy their back and forth (because Lila isn’t one to take shit and I love it) and I can’t wait to see where this goes!
Now that I’m thinking about characters and relationships, can we please have more females introduced soon? I feel like apart from the Queen, Astrid Dane and Lila there are no other females and it’s weird.
Also, talking about relationships, are we going to put actual words to the little hints that we’ve been given about one of our characters? Because I would really like that!
I was honestly a bit worried if I would enjoy the traveling between different worlds aspect because I don’t have much experience with it, but I ended up really liking it! Schwab did a really great job of explaining how the magic worked, so that definitely helped a lot too! The magic was really interesting and at times dark and dangerous and it made for such great character moments towards the last third of the book!
Living in a world where magic isn’t distributed equally, you start wondering and questioning and making all these notes to yourself about things and then you get to say ‘YES!’ for picking up on things (I tend to miss a lot of hints while reading) and the pay off is so great. I can’t wait to see how we’ll deal with all of that in the next book!
Victoria Schwab did a great job of answering my questions while at the same time giving me more things to wonder about for the next book! I really liked the balance of that! I don’t feel like I got out of A Darker Shade Of Magic with more questions than I had before.
One thing I didn’t expect was for the story to wrap up so nicely at the end? I kept wondering when Victoria would end the book and if it would be on this huge cliffhanger (which we had a good few of in chapters towards the end), but in the end it felt like the story could have been done at the end of A Darker Shade Of Magic, but it isn’t. And the synopsis for A Gathering Of Shadows sounds so exciting!
I ended up giving A Darker Shade Of Magic a 4-star rating on Goodreads (you can read my updates while reading here) and I would highly recommend you pick this book up! You’ll be able to marathon the entire trilogy too! A Conjuring Of Lights just came out!