A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

“I'd rather die on an adventure than live standing still.”


Mariah Rose

8/16/2021 1 min read

So.... is my GR card revoked now? Cause I was kinda bored through this whole thing.
I like the world building, but isn’t it terrible that my favorite character is Kell’s coat? And it’s not even like semi sentient like Doctor Strange’s cape.

Listen. It’s not that I didn’t like it.

It’s “A Knight’s Tale” mashed with “Avatar” - think more Legend of Korra and less The Last Air Bender...
Which is why I love the concept so much and when the story just wasn’t there (for me) I can’t help but feeling disappointed.

I’m also having a really hard time connecting with the characters - Rhy and Lila are too reckless (and not in the fun way, where they’re smart and charming about it, ya know?). Alucard peaked my interest, but I didn’t get enough of him to truly create a connection.

I sympathized with Kell a lot and got really angry for him, but that was the biggest emotion this book evoked and that’s not enough.

Diving into Book 3 cause I hate giving up on a series without seeing it through the end but I’m :’( that I couldn’t enjoy this as much as other people.