Beware: You’ve Just Entered White London! Blog Tour: A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab

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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:

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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:

A Darker Shade final for IreneKell 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.

Here’s what people are saying about A Darker Shade of Magic:

Find the book: MacMillan | IndieBound | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books A Million | Powell’s | eBooks | Google Play | Kobo

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 author photoV.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.

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Fun places to visit: – 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!

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Posted March 2, 2015 by Tammy in Blog Tours, Giveaways / 42 Comments


42 responses to “Beware: You’ve Just Entered White London! Blog Tour: A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab

  1. Valentina

    I would like to be Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy, because I would like to be strong like her. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Renee Burton

    I would like to be Penelope Aislin Murray aka Poppet from Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. I would love to be a part of the Night Circus in any way, shape, or form! 😀

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  3. Good question! I love that she’d pick Victor! I still have hope that someday he’ll get a sequel. I got Black London on the test… Which since they were kind of super evil I’m not sure what that says lol. I don’t know which character I’d be, because they all get in such life or death situations, but definitely someone with magic or super powers.
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  4. Adriana M.

    i would like to be Calaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glaas series. She’s so badass, stong, and beautiful! And… Chaol and Dorian!*—*

  5. Maraia

    If I couldn’t be Harry Potter himself, I’d at least want to be Ginny Weasley. 🙂

  6. Anita Yancey

    I’m not sure what character I would like to be, but I think that I would want to make myself invisible. That way I could see danger, but it couldn’t see me.

  7. Mithila

    there are so many characters that i’d love to be. maybe mara, from the unbecoming of mara dyer trilogy, because of her messed up powers, but also kell, because of his awesome powers.

  8. Dinky

    I would like to be Cinder from Lunar Chronicles series. She is amazing character with great personality (although her whole step family betrayed her) who will save the world and kyborg with fab improvements . Plus, she´s in love with one amazing prince like a bonus 😀 🙂

  9. Ashley

    I don’t think I would want to be Hermione, because that is a lot of pressure. I think I would like to be a Weasley. Ginny would be a good choice, as long as it was book!Ginny and not the horrible disservice that was movie!Ginny. I enjoy her attitude quite a bit.

  10. Lauren Harvey

    The whole time I read the Blue Bloods series by Melissa De La Cruz I wanted to be Schuyler so bad haha!

  11. Mikee

    Mmm. This is tough. I want to be the character on every book I’m reading(mostly, that is). I’m currently re-reding KA’s fantasyland series and it would be so cool if I get be Finnie..

  12. Mary G Loki

    I would be Eragon! 😀 Well a female version of Eragon. I would get a ride to around on, flirt with elves and do sword fights!! XD

  13. Chelsea Hatfield

    If I could be any character I would be Cath from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I feel like I am already very similar to her, but it would be cool to be a twin and have a really adorable boyfriend too… (:

  14. Cassie H

    If I had to be a book character, I’d want to be Anne from Anne of Green Gables because I wouldn’t survive a fantasy novel, and she gets Gilbert (which I should have mentioned first!).

  15. Jacklin Updegraft

    Oh man I have thought about this so many times!! There’s a few characters I would love to be… 1. Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone 2. Blue of The Raven Boys 3. Remy of This Lullaby! Such great characters I would love to play!

  16. Kayla Arnold

    I’d like to be Claire from Outlander, I mean, she gets Jamie, what more could one want?

  17. Christine

    Hmm. I would want to be Izzy Lightwood or Tessa Gray from the Mortal Instruments/ Infernal Devices. Also maybe Cath from Fangirl. <3