A Darker Shade of Magic

An author that reminds me of Anne Rice with her in-depth and profound writing style, well-knitted web of intrigue, and characters whose evolution and discoveries beg for more.

A Darker Shade of Magic
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab, reviewed by Fae Reviews

🎥 In a Snapshot



A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)

🔗Author: V.E. Schwab

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A Darker Shade of Magic - Audio Review

This is the first book in a Fantasy trilogy.


Schwab has a peculiar way of writing difficult to explain. It isn’t as light as many contemporary writers’, but that’s not a criticism. Instead, she adds depth to her story. Her books need to be digested, processed. All of that allows her to create a web of intricate characters, fantasy and suspense; Add on top, the emotions and values we get to navigate with them and their evolution throughout. It’s a combination of factors she is really good at mastering.

What to Expect

  • A lot of intrigue
  • A brief but promising spark
  • No dull moments
  • Interesting clues and enough to explore further
  • Well-built characters with a lot to offer
  • Power plays
  • Elemental magic
  • Multidimensional world
Here is my review of the rest of the trilogy.

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