Posted by: JulieAloha | January 31, 2018

The Great Admissions Reading Challenge 2: Book 43: A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic is the first in a series of fantasy novels by V.E. Schwab about elemental magic and the Antari, who can cross the barriers between parallel worlds. It’s sometimes difficult to get into fantasy stories when they have to introduce a different reality and establish the rules of existence for those of us reading from the mundane world, but this author does a splendid job of dropping you into this world as if you already know all about it – she doesn’t hold your hand, but expects you to keep up. I also appreciate that not all of the story or backstory has been explained in this first of three, but there are hints and snippets to keep you intrigued. I’ve since learned the author plans to write another trilogy based in the same world – looking forward to that!

Completed 1/31/18, current balance 745.5 points

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