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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit. 

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once 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 royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her '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 — trickier than they hoped.

Goodreads Summary

V. E. SCHWAB's first adult novel, Vicious, debuted to critical praise and reader accolades. Schwab is the author of YA novels The Near Witch, The Archived, and The Unbound, and the Everyday Angel series for middle grade readers. @VESchwab. Facebook. Goodreads.

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V. E. Schwab
A Tor Hardcover
978-0-7653-7645-9 / 0-7653-7645-8
$25.99 | 400p.
Ebook: 978-1-4668-5137-5 / 1-4668-5137-6 | $12.99
On Sale February 24, 2015

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Praise for A Darker Shade of Magic

"While scrappy, pragmatic wannabe pirate Lila is a big draw, Kell and White London magician Holland round out a great cast. There is much more to explore
in this amazing world from the acclaimed author of Vicious."
–Library Journal, «starred review«

"Schwab (Vicious) creates an ingenious set of nesting alternate Londons in this imaginative, well-crafted fantasy. Confident prose and marvelous touches—a chameleon coat, a scarlet river of magic, a piratical antiheroine—bring exuberant
life to an exhilarating adventure among the worlds."
—Publishers Weekly, «starred review«

"A Darker Shade of Magic has all the hallmarks of a classic work of fantasy.
Its plot is gripping. Its characters are memorable. Its setting in four parallel,
powerful Londons is otherworldly yet believable. Schwab has given us a gem
of a tale that is original in its premise and compelling in its execution.
This is a book to treasure."
—Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of The All Souls trilogy

 "A Darker Shade of Magic is as twisty-turny, dark, and gorgeous as the (multiple) Londons it winds through—I loved it!"
—Steven Brust, author of the New York Times bestselling Vlad series

"V. E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic is a sharp, elegant fantasy thriller—a breathless journey in the company of charactersw you can only trust to charm you. "
—Delia Sherman, author of Young Woman in a Garden

"Magic carries a variety of prices, and Schwab explores them all in this compelling tale of enchantment and adventure. I can’t wait to explore this world further!”
—Marie Brenna, author of A Natural History of Dragons

"A multiversal roller-coaster ride through Regency slups and bloodthirsty bone palaces. I need another copy—I tore this one’s pages turning them too fast. "
—Max Gladstone, author of Three Part’s Dead

"Fantasy fans will love this fast-paced adventure, with its complex
magic system, thoughtful hero and bold heroine. "

—Kirkus Reviews

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