Welcome to my re-read of A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. This is the 6th part of my weekly re-read posts. If you have read ADSOM, come re-read and discuss it with me. If you never read it, I highly recommend it especially if you like fantasy books, sarcastic protagonists, kick-ass heroine, and fabulous coat. Even though it’s a re-read, I will do my best to avoid spoiling future chapters in the post itself, which is quite easy because most of the time, I didn’t remember what happened. So even though this is the first time you read ADSOM, you could follow along. However, please note that although the post itself is spoiler-free from future chapters, the comments section are spoiler zone, where you can talk about anything including the plot twist and the book conclusion. Without further ado, let’s sail through A Darker Shade of Magic. All aboard!
This week, we’re going to cover Part VI Thieves Met.
Without further ado, let’s dive in!.
SPOILER WARNING FOR PART I – V
It’s starting! The black magic Kell released from the black stone is now out in the wild. The first victim was the man with the royal sword who attacked Kell near Ruby Fields. When we left him, he was frozen by the magic. Now, the shell has melted, not away from him but going inside of the man. The man, now with two black eyes, walked away. For now.
Well, there’ll certainly be repercussion to that.
Back to Grey London. Lila, fresh from pick-pocketing Kell, was back in the Stone’s Throw. But when she returned to her room, a man walked in, not from the door but from the wall. It’s Kell. These two haven’t been acting nice to each other. Kell asked Lila to return the stone. Lila asked Kell how did he get in. They both lunged for the stone, or at least Lila did. Kell decided to lay down on the floor. Dude, you cannot just pass out in a room of a badass thief. It might lead to bondage trouble. Lila considered dumping Kell’s body, but when she realized he was still alive, she settled for hitting his head with a book. How romantic resourceful.
Chapter III began with this sentence: “When Kell came to, he was tied to a bed.”
Okay, Schwab, we see what you did there. Kell continued his streak of having doomed conversations with Lila by using this opening line: “One of your eyes is lighter than the other.” Not quite there, but it definitely show attentiveness on his part. Also, it might be important. See, Kell is an antari with one black eye and one blue eye, so it totally make sense that he’ll pay attention to other people’s eye color. After yet another poor attempt on conversation, Kell told Lila the facts, namely he came from other London and entered her room using magic. At this point, one would start yelling and call him a liar. But Delilah Bard believe him, perhaps because Kell put on a magic show for her or maybe because she has touched and felt the magic from the stone.
Speaking of the stone, Lila—upon realizing that the stone contains magic—tried and succeeded in creating a black sword from thin air using the stone. And then she proceeded to create Kell doppelganger… and made him (it) to do a striptease (of course she would). Before he (it) finished taking off his clothes, Kell noticed that the doppelganger face starting to shift—or maybe he was just saying that to try protecting his dignity. Kell told Lila to dispel it. Lila, as expected, didn’t know how (it’s not like she studied magic for years), but before the doppelganger could hurt her (more), the real Kell dispel it. After dispeling the fake Kell, the real Kell trapped Lila’s hands in the wall (show off) and left her there.
Whoa that was intense.
After managed to pried herself free from the wall, Lila found the black sword in her room. Then, considering what happened before, she decided to get rid of it no matter how beautiful it was. I told you she’s a smart girl. Lila hurled it down from the window in her room. Unfortunately, the sword (was) found (by) a man named Booth. The black sword decided it like Booth and refused to let him go, even went as far as killing him and possessing his body. *shudders* Similar to the frozen man we encountered before, both of his eyes turned black and he walked away, away from the Stone’s Throw.
Lila: What are you?
Kell: Tied to your bed.
Kell: And in trouble.
Kell and Lila in her bedroom attempting to (not) rip each other’s head off.
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