A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

This is one of my all-time favorite books. In fact, it may be my favorite series of all time. The worldbuilding is engaging, dramatically different, and creative. The characters are playful and fully fleshed out. The wordplay is energetic.

The story is entirely new.

Fantasy can be very hard. I have started and abandoned more world than I can count in my own writing because they seem derivative, generic, or uninspired. But from the very first line, you fall into a world where nothing is expected.

“Kell wore a very peculiar coat.”

There is something about that simple line. The word “peculiar” is unusual. It draws the attention to the subject of the sentence itself being peculiar. How is it peculiar? A coat?

The entire story continues to draw you in with unexpected twists and surprising turns. I fell in love with the protagonists, and then as the series continues even the villains have their moments to shine.

I re-read this book more often than any other. I recommend it to absolutely everyone who asks, and many who don’t.

Read it, and let me know what you think.

Have a lovely day,


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