A Darker Shade of Magic is an innovative novel by author of Vicious-Victoria Schwab. It tells the story of four parallel Londons, some with magic and some without, where the only people who can move throughout are Antari, or blood magicians. Kell is one of these magicians, sent from each London as a messenger, but he works secretly as a smuggler on the side. In Grey London-the only one without magic-Kell is pickpocketed by the thief Lila Bard, sparking an engrossing adventure spanning across worlds. The best parts of A Darker Shade of Magic are the concept and the characters. The parallel worlds are a new and fascinating idea, and the characters are flawed, unique, and riveting.
Gemma Turner (Queen's Square Library)