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Summary

Witness the fate of beloved heroes and notorious foes in the heart-stopping conclusion to V.E. Schwab's New York Times best-selling Shades of Magic trilogy.  

The precarious equilibrium among the 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 begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. Meanwhile, an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown and a fallen hero is desperate to save a decaying world.

©2017 V E Schwab (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

Critic reviews

“A Darker Shade of Magic is smart, funny and sexy...and Schwab keeps the excitement coming with roller-coaster plot twists that establish her as, perhaps, the natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones's contemporary fantasy crown.” (The Independent

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Wonderful story

A wonderful trilogy that I’ll listen to again and again... as long as I can focus on the story and not the truly dreadful narration. There’s a red London, a grey London and a white London but no American London,so why use American narrators? To make matters worse, the two narrators make each of the characters sound completely different, which is ridiculous! Despite this, the story is absorbing and I will definitely listen to more from this author.

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Fascinating

I loved this book when I read it but listening to the audio book means you hear every skilfully crafted word. It was a revelation. The real magic in this book is Schwab’s. Conjuring worlds conjuring people conjuring life.

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My least favourite of the three

The performances were good, but I finished this book only because I felt like I had to, as I enjoyed the first two. Although I like the character development, this one dragged on a little too long for me.

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It’s good.

I enjoyed it muchly. Quite a good series all in all. Would recommend it to people.

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Really enjoyable series

I very much enjoyed the series. All 3 books told a decent chunk of the story so no need to drag it out to 4 or 5 like some fantasy novelists. Author was new to me so I’ll try some more. The narrator wasn’t annoying to me so try the sample and see for yourself before letting that put you off.

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perfect ending to a great series

Amazing narration from the duo who did the stormlight archives and the rest of the cosmere books.

The writing is incredible and the story is heart racing and captures your attention from start to finish. Another serues I'm sad to finish.

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Couldn’t even get past the first chapter

What a horrible performance from the people reading the book . I’ve read the first two in the series and because I’ve been quite busy I decided to get e audiobook of the third to finish since I enjoyed the first two . I wish I wouldn’t have wasted a credit as I couldn’t even get past the first chapter , the terrible voice portrayals of 2 main characters in the first 10 minutes I just couldn’t carry on and let it be ruined . I turned it off and bought the kindle ebook instead . Truly
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love this series

I hope one day I will get to see this series turn into a show.
everything about is magical, the characters and the world building.

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Should have been two books not three

Too much padding which gets dull and quite repetitive. Cycling around different characters to get their views on a central event is a bit tedious after a while. The cringey sex scenes are, well, just cringey. Plus the two American narrators completely destroy the pivotal concept of the setting in three London's as well as the importance of the English language and the London accent to the narrative. Overall I'd say don't bother getting started with the rather gripping first book as it just goes downhill from there.

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My favourite

Definitely my favourite of the trilogy. Loved everything about it and how Schwab pulled all the arcs together seamlessly.