A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade final for Irene

A Darker Shade of Magic #1

Description⎮Reviewed Nov. 2015

Narrator: Steven Crossley
Length: 11h 34m
Publisher: Tantor Audio⎮2015

4 ★ Audiobook⎮Despite my hearty loathing the audiobook’s narration, this is still a four-star story. This was almost everything I’ve ever wanted from a parallel universe story (and what I was hoping A Trial by Fire would be more like). I just wish there had been more time devoted to the world-building aspect of the story. I still feel like I only know the bare bones about each London. There is so much potential for story expansion that the sheer idea of it is overwhelming. I want to know more about Kell’s backstory and see more of him in Lila’s London. Oh, and I want to know more about Lila’s backstory as well. It is for these reasons that I will be picking up the sequel pretty soon after its release.

Narration reviewWith all of that said, I don’t think I can recommend this narrator. He’s just okay for the most part, but his voice as “Lila” is like nails on a chalkboard to me. Actually, I can’t stand how he voices any of the women. If choosing between the physical book and the audiobook, go with the physical book. ♣︎

$ Available at The Book DepositoryAudiobooks.com and Audible

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