It’s been a while since my last Bookish Throwback Thursday post, hasn’t it?As I mentioned in my May 2018 Wrap-Up, I’m spending the month of June in the States with my family (check out the hashtag #VisitaImperyalismo on Instagram for my photos – a lil Filipino leftist/socialist humor for you there, lol) so I haven’t really been able to blog as much as I’d like. Although I’m definitely getting a ton of reading done. Of the twenty books I set out to read at the beginning of June, I’ve already read fourteen. And I’ve still got two weeks left!
However, I’ve been thinking of taking a leaf out of Shealea’s book and putting myself on a book-reading ban until I can finish writing all the book reviews I’ve got lined up. According to my Goodreads (and my own personal Excel file) I’ve still got twenty-three books to review. And while I know that’s small potatoes compared to some other bloggers (lookin’ at you, Shealea), I’m hoping to get rid of my backlog soon before it becomes totally overwhelming.
But before this becomes an update post, let me all fill you in on why V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic series is one of the best things ever to grace my fantasy bookshelf!
Title: A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Light, A Conjuring of Shadows
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult
A Darker Shade of Magic
Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.
Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand. After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.
A Gathering of Shadows
It has been four months since a mysterious obsidian stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Prince Rhy was wounded, and since the nefarious Dane twins of White London fell, and four months since the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift–back into Black London. Now, restless after having given up his smuggling habit, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks as she always meant to do.
As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games–an extravagant international competition of magic meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries–a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port. And while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night will reappear in the morning. But the balance of magic is ever perilous, and for one city to flourish, another London must fall.
A Conjuring of Light
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.
Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry.
Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.