Overview (No Spoilers): Torn and indecisive. The aforementioned terms pretty much sum up my feelings regarding A Darker Shade of Magic when composing this review. I want to love it and I’m a huge fan of the concept/worlds, however I really did not develop a significant connection with the characters. The main characters (Kell, Rhys, Delilah, and Holland) were all shrouded in mystery and veils almost to a fault. While veils of mystery are crucial to the development of the story, however enough of those shrouds need to fall in order to make needed connections with the main characters. While the surface problems were sufficiently dealt with and lead to some pretty spectacular battles or sequences, very little of the underlying mystery were unveiled. Overall, the four worlds that comprise the Shades of Magic series are cleverly designed and I’m curious enough from the potential to keep me eagerly looking toward reading the sequel.
Additional Insight (May contain spoilers):
- Delilah obviously must be an Antari. She has a glass eye, she could travel between worlds and of course she contains magic that has yet to be revealed. Who are her parents? For that matter what is Kell’s history and why did he have his memories erased? My guess is that the dressmaker that Delilah ran into knows more of the story, as well as the King and Queen. A long stretch, but what if he and Delilah are siblings?
- How will Kell and Delilah fix the worlds to allow for the flow of magic again? That has to the ultimate plot line of the series.
- What happened in the Black City? When will Kell make his own trip to the Black City?