Waiting on Wednesday #88: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature created by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This is where you showcase an upcoming release you're anxiously awaiting!

This week, I'm waiting on:
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.

Expected Publication: February 24, 2015.
by: Tor Books.

Goodreads Synopsis:
From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic.

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, who 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.

Why I'm excited:
I absolutely loved Vicious, her last adult book. I also adore The Archived and The Unbound. Schwab definitely has a way with words that makes her an excellent novelist. Before this one had a title she just referred to it as "Pirates, Thieves, and Sadist Kings." If that's not intriguing, I don't know what is.

What are you waiting on this week?


  1. I have her other books, but I still haven't read them...
    My WoW

  2. I haven't read any of hers yet, though do want to read her YA. :)

    Here's mine

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

  3. I can't wait for this one. I love the cover, I love the synopsis, and the writer is brilliant! :)

  4. I have not read any of her novels yet, but I like the synopsis of this one! Thanks for sharing :)

    My Waiting on Wednesday.
    Kenzi @Shattered Hearts Reviews


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