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.
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!