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3.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 53.67 out of 5 3.67 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: V. E. Schwab Narrator: Steven Crossley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Darker Shade of Magic Series Release Date: April 2015 ISBN: 9781494580759
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Kell is one of the last Travelers-magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes-as such, he can choose where he lands. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there's Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. There's White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. And once upon a time, there was Black London . . . but no one speaks of that now. Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, 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-a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cutpurse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • A Darker Shade of Magic is smart, funny and sexy…Schwab keeps the excitement coming with roller-coaster plot twists.”

    Independent (London)

  • There is much more to explore in this amazing world from the acclaimed author of Vicious. Library Journal Starred Review
  • A Darker Shade of Magic feels like a priceless object, brought from another, better world of fantasy books.”


  • “Compulsively readable…her characters make the book.”


  • “Schwab creates an ingenious set of nesting alternate Londons in this imaginative, well-crafted fantasy. Confident prose and marvelous touches—a chameleon coat, a scarlet river of magic, a piratical antiheroine—bring exuberant life to an exhilarating adventure among the worlds. “

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “With more depth and substance than a gimmicky concept, this inventive adventure and its colorful eccentric characters provide the perfect summer escape.”

    Library Journal

  • “Fantasy fans will love this fast-paced adventure, with its complex magic system, thoughtful hero, and bold heroine.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Narrator Steven Crossley uses pace to good advantage in this swashbuckling tale…As narrator, Crossley is presented with a cast of interesting characters, and he rises to the challenge. He seems to have fun with the interplay between Kell and Lila, a pickpocket from Gray London who causes Kell trouble and then saves his life, sparking an intriguing relationship.”


  • A February 2015 LibraryReads Pick
  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2015 in Science Fiction and Fantasy

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  • 3.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 53.666666 out of 5 Jay | 2/10/2017

    " This story starts out very slow. As pages go by, you start to understand the story. It picks up speed and ends with an ending you dont expect. "

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About the Author

V. E. Schwab is the author of several fiction series, including Archived, Vicious, Everyday Angel, Darker Shade of Magic and Monsters of Verity. Her books A Conjuring of Light and A Gathering of Shadows made the New York Times bestsellers list.

About the Narrator

Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world’s largest publisher of children’s books, magazines, and apps, with over 700 million products sold each year. DPW consists of an extensive worldwide books and magazines licensing structure as well as vertically integrated publishing imprints, including Disney-Hyperion and Disney Press in the US and Disney Libri in Italy. DPW’s digital products include bestselling e-book titles and award-winning original apps. Disney English is DPW’s English language learning business, which includes learning centers in China and a worldwide retail-licensing program. Headquartered in Glendale, California, DPW publishes books, magazines, and digital products in 85 countries in 75 languages. For more information visit www.disneypublishing.com.