Waiting on Wednesday 07/02/14

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that lets us feature upcoming releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on!

Mogsy’s Pick:
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab: February 25, 2015 (Tor)
A Darker Shade of Magic is not a sequel to Vicious, I repeat, A Darker Shade of Magic is NOT a sequel to Vicious. But I sure hope it will be in a similar vein. Bottom line, I enjoy Victoria Schwab’s writing. In this book she promises dark magic and people with special powers, parallel worlds and pirates and cross-dressing thieves, sadistic royals and epic fight scenes and yeah she can stop there because I’m already sold.
“From V.E. SchA Darker Shade final for Irenewab, 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.”

11 Comments on “Waiting on Wednesday 07/02/14”

  1. Yes! Awesome pick. I am super excited to read this and I’m so glad it’s NOT a sequel. (I’m pretty burned out on sequels at the moment.) I think this cover is one of my favorites this year!


    • I LOVE the art style of the cover! And I agree, it’s always refreshing when I read something not in a series. I might be wrong, but I think this might be the start of a new one though.


  2. The thing that most interests me about this synopsis is “Of course, there was once a black London, but no one speaks of that now…” I think that one line might make the book worth reading.


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