Sunday, March 8, 2015

Blog Tour (Feature + Giveaway): A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab

Welcome, oh welcome, to my stop for A Darker Shade of Magic tour! I'm excited about this one because it's quite different from the tours I've been on. I am assigned on White London! Things you must check on this post: a one question answered by the author, the fantastic giveaway courtesy of Tor Books *wink, wink*, the book itself--and all the reasons why you should read this book!

Before anything else, I know you're curious.

What is White London? Why are there Red, White, and Grey Londons?

In A Darker Shade of Magic, Kell is one of the Travelers that flit through magical doors to visit three very different versions of London: Red London, White London, and Grey London. You can understand more about these three very different versions of London and the book itself below.

A Darker Shade of Magic
by V.E Scwab

Series: A Darker Shade of Magic #1
Genre: Adult, fantasy, paranormal
Published February 24th 2015 by Tor Books
Local purchase/order: Fullybooked * National Bookstore

Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes, connected by one magical city.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad king—George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered—and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London—a please where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. 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 Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cutpurse 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 afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

Praises for A Darker Shade of Magic
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My one question for V.E Schwab:
Describe A Darker Shade of Magic in one word that wasn't mentioned in the title or blurb.

About the Author
V. E. SCHWAB's first adult novel, Vicious, debuted to critical praise and readeraccolades. Schwab is the author of YA novels The Near Witch, The Archived, and The Unbound, and the Everyday Angel series for middle grade readers. @VESchwab. Facebook. Goodreads.


- a copy of A Darker Shade of Magic AND a double-sided signed poster that features the US and UK covers!
- open internationally
- giveaway ends March 20th EXTENDING UNTIL MARCH 28TH!
- Tor Books and I are not responsible for lost or damaged packages
- stay honest with your entries--especially with daily entries. Make sure to enter a different info/link every day
- winner will have 48 hours to respond on the email notification or else, I'll be forced to pick another winner


Don't forget to follow the entire tour--which includes Red and Grey Londons, and other White London stops. Each participating blog has one question answered by Victoria and a separate giveaway! Ain't it cool?!
Tour schedule here.

Thank you so much Tor Books for this fun opportunity!


  1. This is a great post! I've been wanting to read this book for a while! Thank you for the giveaway!

  2. love this giveaway !!
    thx u for the chance :)

  3. Good question! I'm so excited to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Good question! I'm so excited to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Thanks for the chance!
    I'm really looking forward to reading this book. The world building (with all those different Londons) sounds amazing and I've heard nothing but great things about it!

  6. This post makes me want to read A Darker Shade of Magic! :D Thank you for posting about it!
    Mary G Loki

  7. I like this post. I´m following whole tour and reading posts about ADSOM and can´t wait to read it. I like the idea of parralel travelling and Red, White and Grey Londons. It´s interesting that Mrs. Schwab chose "ominous" word to describe her book and i like it :) thank you for the post

  8. I've been trying to keep up with the whole tour because I'm so in love with this book. So glad many of the people enjoyed it!

  9. This is such an exciting book tour! I can't wait to read this book!

  10. Fun fact: When I first saw the cover I thought it was an upside-down gnome. It wasn’t until my friend told me otherwise that it was a girl jumping from one world to the next.
    But in all seriousness, it sounds like a phenomenal book with a detailed plot that I cannot wait to devour.

    1. I thought it was an upside down devil. XD
      It's a boy, though, not girl. The white thing was the hair.

  11. I really want to read A Darker Shade of Magic now!

  12. I'm super excited for this one. never read an adult fantasy and ADSOM seems like a good place to start.

  13. The only thought in my head is how much I really want to read this book, and the longer I have to wait, the rougher it is going to get! It sounds absolutely amazing, and I CANNOT Wait for it to be in my hands!

  14. Thank you for hosting this awesome giveaway and I'm excited to start A Darker Shade of Magic!

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  16. I love the cover because everyone sees a different thing in it! I thought it was a V and said to myself "Either the author is really pretentious, or it's the name of the MC!"


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