Why You Should Read the Shades of Magic Trilogy

Hi guys! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend! I am. IΒ don’t like the sudden cold snap that came to my area, especially after the warm weather we’ve had, but at least it gives me an excuse to stay inside and read. πŸ˜‰

On another note, in the past week I’ve read five books. This is entirely because I haven’t had much else to do. One of the five was A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, the final book in the Shades of Magic trilogy. I just finished ACOL a few hours ago, and as you’ll know if you’ve seen my Twitter or Goodreads, I have a lot of emotions because of it.So today, I decided I’d make a list of all the reasons the trilogy is so amazing, in case any of you aren’t sure whether or not to read it. πŸ™‚

This list will be spoiler-free!

– Four parallel versions of London. In my opinion, parallel universes are difficult to write creatively and manage well. There’s normally info dumps and complications. At least, that’s the experience I’ve had in the past. In ADSOM, it’s a little confusing at first, but once you figure out the different Londons and how traveling between them works, it’s really simple. I love the contrast between each one; Grey London is mundane, Red is vibrant, White is drained, and Black is no more. Each one has its own culture, government, and perception of magic.

– A unique magic system. In these books, magic doesn’t follow any rules except its own, and appears randomly in people. It isn’t genetic or related to any specific part of a person. People with magic can channel one or sometimes two (three, if they’re especially talented) of five elements: the normal four, and also bone. There’s also an incredibly rare kind of magician called an Antari. They can use all of the elements, as well a kind unique to them that requires a blood command. Also, each Antari is marked by the difference in their eyes: one is normal, and the other is entirely black. It’s really cool, and easily one of the most unique things in any magic books I’ve read. (Two of the main characters are Antari!)

– A cross-dressing thief/pirate. If you read these books for one reason, read them for Lila Bard. She’s one of my new favorite characters ever. She’s sly, witty, and just generally awesome. πŸ˜‰

– A cocky, charismatic privateer. If you want to read these books for a reason other than Lila Bard, read them for Alucard Emery. You can’t help but love him. He’s the snarkiest magician ever, which means he’s good for helping prevent evil and also for sarcastic quips. Granted, he doesn’t actually appear until the second book, A Gathering of Shadows, but hey, there’s some incentive to read the first one. XD

– Two wonderful and contrasting romances. One is a straight slow-burn, but completely worth it, especially in A Conjuring of Light. The other is a gay relationship with history prior to the story, and during the story they’re kind of super adorable. πŸ™‚

In this next section, I won’t be going into detail, to make sure there are no spoilers. It’s more of an idea of what you can expect, and also incentive to read if you want to know more!

– A terrifying set of twins.

– A black market on the water.

– Color lost and gained.

– An unusual kind of bond.

– A great, supportive, but also layered family.

– Plot twists you’ll never see coming in a million years.

– A stone garden.

– Something similar to an element in Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. (No, I won’t say what that element is!)

– POC, bisexual, and gender-fluid representation in protagonists. (And it isn’t a big deal. It’s just part of who they are, which is even better.)

– A fun sea shanty.

– The most intense ring ever.

And I’ll stop there, because a) I could go on forever and b) I don’t want to risk letting spoilers slip. Basically, if you haven’t picked up A Darker Shade of Magic, I would highly, highly recommend it! πŸ˜€

Trigger warning: self harm. The Antari do a lot of magic through blood commands, so they have to cut themselves. It’s minor, but important to know in case that sort of thing affects you.

Have you read A Darker Shade of Magic? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, have you read ACOL yet? Who’s your favorite character? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! πŸ™‚

I’m off to start reading Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley, an ARC I received from the lovely people at Penguin Teen. πŸ™‚ I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❀

Until next time…


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9 thoughts on “Why You Should Read the Shades of Magic Trilogy

  1. I’m currently reading A gathering of shadows and even though I haven’t finished the series, I can tell it’s going to be one of my favourite trilogies ever!!πŸ˜€

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