I’m thrilled to be a part of V.E. Schwab’s blog tour for her latest fantasy for adults, A Darker Shade of Magic, presented by Tor Books! I devoured this book recently, and you can read my review here. The story centers around a magician named Kell who is one of the last of his kind, people who can travel among the three different Londons that exist in Schwab’s magical story. Red London is the seat of magic where the river runs red and everyday magic is the norm. This is Kell’s home where he spends most of his time with his family. Grey London has lost its magic, and is a harsh place full of desperate people. And White London is the scariest, a place where magic is wielded as power and those who rule took the throne by murder. By stopping here today, you’ve set foot in White London:
Scorched metal and settling ash.
A dying city, a desperate people, a defiant magic.
There is no future for the weak, and power bends only to those who take it.
The ruthless twins perch on marble thrones, their lips red with blood.
They give orders—
and a magician in chains obeys.
Victoria is doing a whirlwind tour through 36 different blogs, and each blogger got to ask her one question. Here’s what I asked:
BB&B: If you could be a character in any of the books you’ve published so far, which book and which character would you choose?
Victoria: It’s honestly a tie between Victor Vale in VICIOUS and Lila Bard in ADSOM, the reason being that Victor is my supervillain alter ego (he is the character most closely modeled on my own headspace, make of that what you will) and has my favorite superpower (I mean, come on, the ability to cause or cancel pain), but Lila is a truly aspirational character for me. She is who I WANT to be, fearless, reckless, willing to risk her life in order to feel like she’s truly living.
Here’s more about the book:
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.
Here’s what people are saying about A Darker Shade of Magic:
In this short video, Victoria takes us on a walk around some of the places in London that inspired her to write the book!
About the author:
V.E. SCHWAB‘s first adult novel, Vicious, debuted to critical praise and reader accolades. Schwab is the author of YA novels The Near Witch, The Archived, and The Unbound, and the Everyday Angel series for middle grade readers.
Fun places to visit:
Darker-Shade.com – A special website for A Darker Shade of Magic that is full of information and materials for readers!
A Buzzfeed Quiz that will sort you into one of the three Londons!
Click here to visit all the stops on the blog tour for A Darker Shade of Magic!