Welcome to the A Darker Shade of Magic readalong! I’ve been meaning to read this book for so long! I’ve also owned it for almost just as long, but just never got around to reading it because of review books and the density of my reading schedule. I really need to leave some room in my schedule for TBR books like this, and I guess I have been doing that, since I’ve been reading My Lady Jane and hosting a readalong for that one as well (throughout August)! And I’m doing it again in September. But enough rambles.
Myself and some of the ladies in a bookworm Twitter chat have been talking about buddy reading this book for some months, and found that September works best for most of us! When I suggested that I host a readalong (because it helps everyone read at the same pace, helps participants discuss the book in one place together, and because I’ve been having so much fun with hosting the My Lady Jane readalong)! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments below, or contact me directly through social media, or my Contact page (which will send your question directly to my inbox)!
– The Book –
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Title: A Darker Shade of Magic
Author: V.E. Schwab
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: TOR Books
Date published: February 24, 2015 (hardcover)
January 19, 2016 (paperback)
Page Count: 400
Synopsis: 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.
– Sign-Up –
I know that I’m putting this post up a bit early, but I found that some people needed more time to get their hands on a copy of the book! So I’ll just put it up now and give everyone who doesn’t own the book but wants to participate, time to buy it or borrow it from their library! For convenience sake, here are some purchase links: Amazon.ca | Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com.au | Indigo| The Book Depository
Also, those who have read the book are welcome to join! Just please be sure to discuss things in the appropriate discussion posts (to avoid spoiling future chapters for those reading the book for the first time), and of course, please no spoilers in general!
For those of you interested in participating in this readalong, I would please ask that you sign up using the form below! This is mainly for me to keep track of participants, and whose name to connect to which blog, Twitter, etc. Please do not share any personal information like your full name or physical address in the form! (And this is just to protect you!)
And for any of you signing up after August 30th, who would like to receive newsletter updates, please sign up for the newsletter here!
– Schedule –
|Date||Chapter Discussions||Discussion Location|
|September 1, 2017||Start reading!||N/A|
|September 6, 2017||Parts 1 – 4||Flavia the Bibliophile|
|September 13, 2017||Parts 5 – 8||Flavia the Bibliophile|
|September 20, 2017||Parts 9 – 11||Flavia the Bibliophile|
|September 30, 2017||Parts 12 – 14||Flavia the Bibliophile|
And that’s it! Please stay tuned for the first discussion post!
THANK YOU FOR READING THIS POST AND I HOPE THAT YOU WILL BE JOINING THE READALONG! IF YOU WILL NOT BE JOINING, IS IT BECAUSE YOU HAVE READ THE BOOK ALREADY? ANOTHER REASON? ALSO PLEASE GIVE ME ANY FEEDBACK REGARDING READALONGS YOU’VE HOSTED OR PARTICIPATED IN THE PAST (AND YOUR PREFERENCES), IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING ALL OF YOUR THOUGHTS, AND HAPPY READING!