A Darker Shade of Magic

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
April 2015
11 hours 37 minutes
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.
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Joshua Griffin

Very interesting, fast paced. The book is set in London, and the main character is a magic user who can travel between 'red' 'grey' and 'white' Londons, set in three similar yet different Londons with varying states of magic and 3 very different cultures, but near identical geography. The story is easy to follow and doesn't leave any boring chapters. The story is immersive and hints at some things that you have to pay a little bit of attention to in order to catch.

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Donna C.

Not sure at first but then the story picked up and I really enjoyed.

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To begin with, I’m not much for violent fables, egregiously vicious villains and magic spells overcome by even more magic spells and even more violence. At times it occurred to me that the author was imagining a film version. Well told if you are into this kind of story. I only stuck it out because I had to wait for my next credit.

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This is one of the few books I enjoy

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Jessie S.

Meh…. Boring

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Tammy Berrie

Loved it! Already into the 2nd book of the series - I'm missing this narrator, but that will go into that review. For this listen - what's not to enjoy?! A cross-dressing pirate wanna-be. Multiple Londons. Cheeky, insolent royals. Sadistic, fiendish royals. Angsty romantic tension. Blood magic. Elemental magic. Black magic. Magicky fighting. Will definitely be delving into this series and this author.

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Loved it! Interesting world building and great characters.

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Kathleen L.

I really enjoyed this book. Similar to Neil Gaiman. If you love his work you will love this book. I like it better than GOT. I agree with the reader who said it was slow in the beginning. That is true but when it takes off it really grips the reader.

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Ginde S.

This book was surprising to me. I absolutely love this. Everything from the world to the characters. I’m definitely reading the whole series.

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Kathryn Beck

THIS WAS SO GOOD!!! The worlds are well-built, the characters well-rounded, and the idea of love is focused on loyalty rather than romance itself. Just bought the following book!

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