A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab is the 1st novel in the Shades of Magic series of parallel universe historical fantasy adventure novels, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Tor Books.
This is their featured eBook Club of the Month selection for June and is apparently being offered to promote the author’s work, for which a new novel in her other fantasy series, Vengeful, will be released in September.
The series takes place in parallel universe versions of London during the reign of George III, some of which can be accessed by rare magicians with the special ability to travel between them. This installment stars one such universe-hopping magician who runs into a thief in our magicless version of London, as they wind up crossing over to another world on their adventures.
Offered through June 15th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time, available DRM-free to Canada & US only directly from the publisher.
Free for a limited time directly via @ the publisher’s dedicated promo page (DRM-free ePub & Mobi bundle officially available in Canada & US only due to geographic restrictions, requires newsletter signup with valid email address)
You can also follow their upcoming readalong discussions for this book via the dedicated blog tag @ Tor.com.
Kell is one of the last Antari―magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.
Kell was raised in Arnes―Red London―and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see. Grey London. Our London.
That’s where Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations.
She robs him.
Then she saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.