Waiting on Wednesday (47): A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My pick this week:

by V.E. Schwab
Release Date:  February 24, 2015
Published by Tor Books

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. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

The only book I’ve read so far by Victoria Schwab is Vicious, and I LOVED that book.  I own The Archived (thanks again, Jessie!) but have yet to read it.  But A Darker Shade of Magic has that same kind of Vicious vibe to it that I just CAN NOT WAIT for it.  I’ve pre-ordered it, and now I wish I had spent a bit more so that I could get it on the actual release date.  As it is, I probably won’t get it until early March.  But I think I may have to read it as soon as I get it in the mail!

What book are you waiting on?  Let me know, or leave a link to your WoW post in the comments, and I’ll try to stop by your blog! 


  1. Adriana Garcia

    February 4, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Oh I've see this on booktube! One reviewer I know loved it. I didn't know the same author who wrote Vicious wrote this book. Everyone has high praises of this author's work.

  2. Jade Walker

    February 4, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    I think I'm the only person in the world who hasn't read anything by this author, none of the books really appeal to me. This one sounds pretty interesting though so I may check it out! Great pick :)

    My WOW pick this week
    ALSO check out my giveaway of a book of your choice

  3. Ashley @ Bookaholics Anonymous

    February 5, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    I definitely want this one it sounds really good

  4. Micheline D

    February 11, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Ooh, sorry I'm so late stopping by, work has been kind of mental lately and I'm left with catching up on my days off…which are few and far between >.<Anyways, like you, the only book I've read by Schwab is Vicious but I adored it and I'm dying to get my hands on ADSoM! And again, like you, I own Archived but haven't gotten around to it yet…

    I've pre-ordered this one as well and I just know I'll dive in the moment it arrives in my mailbox! We'll have to compare notes when we get into it!! ♥

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