A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
A fast-paced, fun story with magic that creates, bends wills, and destroys
 
A Darker Shade of Magic is the story of a magician named Kell who can jump between 4 different versions of London. He travels between Red, White, and Grey London freely under the guise of delivering correspondences between the different rulers. But in addition to his official business, Kell has also taken up the habit of smuggling items between the worlds, which is strictly forbidden.
 
Delilah Bard, a thief and pickpocket in Grey London has a harsh tongue and a habit of getting out of trouble. She also has a nagging feeling that she doesn't belong. Fom her and Kell's initial meeting to the final page of the story, the two butt heads, challenge each other, and are forced into an unlikely companionship.
 
It became clear to me that the author, V. E. Schwab, never quite departed from her young adult style of writing. There is a tension between the light-hearted banter and a magical system that is used to create involuntary servants and great suffering in White London.
 
While I really wanted to love this book and story, it fell flat in the end. I'd suggest checking out Brandon Sanderson or Patrick Rothfuss first if you're looking for a fantasy story with depth. But if you're looking for a light-hearted read for a night by the fire, this book is a great pick. 

2.5 pawprints out of 5
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