Monday, March 9, 2015

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab Blog Tour + Giveaway


A Darker Shade 

of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic hardcover

Kell 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.


- A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC just got a brand new special website that is full of information and materials for readers to explore and learn about the real secrets inside of London....

**Praise for A Darker Shade of Magic**

"While scrappy, pragmatic wannabe pirate Lila is a big draw, Kell and White London magician Holland round out a great cast. There is much more to explore in this amazing world from the acclaimed author of Vicious."
–Library Journal, «starred review«

"Schwab (Vicious) creates an ingenious set of nesting alternate Londons in this imaginative, well-crafted fantasy. Confident prose and marvelous touches—a chameleon coat, a scarlet river of magic, a piratical antiheroine—bring exuberant life to an exhilarating adventure among the worlds."
—Publishers Weekly, «starred review«

"Fantasy fans will love this fast-paced adventure, with its complex magic system, thoughtful hero and bold heroine. "
—Kirkus Reviews

What is your hardest obstacle when writing a book and why?


Doubt. Doubt. Doubt. Seriously. I often say my favorite parts of writing are right before I start a book and after it goes to print, because everything between is doubt. Every moment, every day. The merciful times are when I forget what I’m doing long enough to question it.




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Kell wore a very peculiar coat. It had neither one side, which would be conventional, nor two, which would be unexpected, but several, which was, of course, impossible.

The first thing he did whenever he stepped out of one London and into another was take off the coat and turn it inside out once or twice (or even three times) until he found the side he needed. Not all of them were fashionable, but they each served a purpose. There were ones that blended in and ones that stood out, and one that served no purpose but of which he was just particularly fond.

So when Kell passed through the palace wall and into the anteroom, he took a moment to steady himself— it took its toll, moving between worlds— and then shrugged out of his red, high- collared coat and turned it inside out from right to left so that it became a simple black jacket. Well, a simple black jacket elegantly lined with silver thread and adorned with two gleaming columns of silver buttons. Just because he adopted a more modest palette when he was abroad (wishing neither to offend the local royalty nor to draw attention) didn’t mean he had to sacrifice style.

Oh, kings, thought Kell as he fastened the buttons on the coat. He was starting to think like Rhy.

On the wall behind him, he could just make out the ghosted symbol made by his passage. Like a footprint in sand, already fading.

He’d never bothered to mark the door from this side, simply because he never went back this way. Windsor’s distance from London was terribly inconvenient considering the fact that, when traveling between worlds, Kell could only move between a place in one and the same exact place in another. Which was a problem because there was no Windsor Castle a day’s journey from Red London. In fact, Kell had just come through the stone wall of a courtyard belonging to a wealthy gentleman in a town called Disan. Disan was, on the whole, a very pleasant place. 

Windsor was not. Impressive, to be sure. But not pleasant.

PRIZE: ONE Winner will receive A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC By: V.E. Schwab Finished Hardback and one double-sided SIGNED Poster that features the US and UK covers.

CONTEST RUNS: March 9th, 2014 to March 23rd, 2015 11:59pm

OPEN TO: International (Whoop ;)

HOW TO ENTER: Please enter using the Rafflecopter Giveaway below.

ONE winner will be randomly chosen through the Rafflecopter. The winner will be contacted by email, then they will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is picked. I reserve the right to disqualify anyone who does not follow the rafflecopter's instructions.

Victoria SchwabV. 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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  1. I am excited abotu the chance to see a strong female character like Lila as also experience the fantasy behind the Londons! Thank you for the giveaway!

  2. This is a unique plot. For me the combination of the Historical genre with Fantasy and the plot is wonderful. I am pretty sure that the whole story is going to be as good as the excerpt and it would be great to read how it all comes about. .

  3. I'm excited about the world building, the different Londons sound so amazing and I love parallel universes! Also I've heard nothing but great things about V. E. Schwab's writing, so I can't wait to finally read one of her books.

  4. Honestly everything! I loved the magic, the mystery and the characters~~ Kell and Lila make one hell of a great pair :D

  5. I'm excited to read this book because I have heard AMAZING things about Victoria Schwab and this book. I have an obsession with London as well so I think it would be really cool to read about London in the context of this book. I can't wait to dive in and fall in love (:

  6. It's good to know that even fantastic famous authors like Schwab still has doubt. I'll have to check out your playlist after I've read the book. Thanks!

  7. It's good to know that even fantastic famous authors like Schwab still has doubt. I'll have to check out your playlist after I've read the book. Thanks!

  8. I have heard countless praise on the author's writing so I def need to see if she lives up to the hype! :D
    Mary G Loki

  9. I can´t wait to read this book because I read a lot of excited reviews and I love the idea of parallel universe and travelling between them. Plus book takes place in London, which is my favorite city on the whole world. And thirdly, idea of Red, Grey and White magic Londons is fabolous! :)

  10. I accidentaly submitted one entry in the "Tweet about the giveaway" option wrong =/
    I thought I was logged into my regular account on twitter, but I didn't notice I had tweeted the message in my blog's account. I deleted it and retweeted in the right account, but I had already submitted the wrong link. I really really hope you don't consider it cheating since it was an accident, you can check the right tweet link here:

  11. Ummm, EVERYTHING!!! This book cannot get into my hands fast enough! All those London's! Plus, this author is pretty much perfect! Thank you for this amazing giveaway!

    Hi there! I know this has nothing to do with the giveaway at hand, but I had to tell you this. I just looked through every one of your reviews, and there is not a single one that I saw that I have not commented on! I enjoyed writing every single one of them, and I look forward to the next reviews and comments, comment convos!

  12. I've never read an adult fantasy book and this one sounds so intriguing.

  13. I keep hearing wonderful things about Victoria Schwab and I haven't read one of her books yet. This seems like a great one to start with - it encompasses things I LOVE reading about. I am a sucker for Victorian England, alternated dimensions, and magic! It sounds like it will be great.


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