Welcome to my re-read of A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. This is the 14th 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 XIV The Final Door.
SPOILER WARNING FOR PART I – XII
This is the end, the last part of our re-read. Which also means we’re now closer than ever to the release of A Gathering of Shadows. o/
So let’s start!
In last week’s post, the Part ended with Kell trying to dispel the Vitari, although the Vitari told him that it’s what kept Rhy alive.
This week, Kell finally woke up and immediately searched the seal on his body. Fortunately, it’s still intact. The black stone, on the other hand, is now just a stone having been dispelled of its magic. Just to be safe, however, Kell decided to use Holland’s unconscious body to transport the stone into Dead London. Handy that, having an unconscious antari around.
But now we have a problem. There are two people, both need to get to Kell London. Only one of them is antari and there’s no magick stone to help Lila. Question: how do we get them both to Kell London? The answer, according to Delilah Bard, is … by being stubborn enough. Well, I’m sure she’s qualified for that. Kell kissed her for luck (seriously Schwab is the queen of slow-burrnn; it’s the final part and she refused to give us any concrete sign of romance) and they’re back in the red city only to be immediately arrested. Oh well, what you’re gonna do.
The pair were brought to the king and queen to face their judgement. But how can you punish someone who gambled his own life to save your son? Not to mention, he is now the only antari around. They freed him (and Lila) and soon we’re blessed by Rhy’s presence. And his sarcastic remarks. Which I will quote later. Lila went in to see the prince(s) and immediately she and Rhy clicked. I knew it! They would be an awesome couple or BFFs and together they will make Kell frown non-stop.
But we have to leave Rhy now as we follow Kell to say goodbye to Lila. Lila refused to go back to Dull London now that Barron is dead and she has no one she cared about. Kell gave her the element board for practice because Tieren said she has magic in her. Then they said goodbye and went their separate ways.
And that’s the end of A Darker Shade of Magic. It’s wrapped-up pretty nicely for a first book in a series. I’m thankful for the lack of major cliffhanger because the wait itself is already killing me, even without cliffhanger.
Questions to ponder while we await for AGoS:
- Will Lila find magic within her (and turns out to be antari)?
- Is the stone’s magic really gone? Or has Kell been affected by it permanently?
- Does a soul seal work both ways? For example, if Rhy dies will Kell die? (technically Rhy was dead, so I’m not sure how it works)
- Will there be a character ‘return’ from the death?
- WHO was Kell really?
- Was Lila really from Grey London or was she actually born in another London?
- What happened to Lila’s other eye? IS she an antari and the eye she replaced with glass was actually black?
- Do you think these two will actually get together?
- Add your question here
Thank you to everyone who read, commented, and liked these very long 14-parts recap. I will be reading AGoS the day it comes out so hit me up if you want to buddy read or any of the like. For now, I will go back re-reading bits of ADSOM while waiting for my pre-order to be delivered.
Reunited with Rhy <3
“I love you, Kell, but I had no interest in matching tattoos.” – Rhy Maresh
“I apologize for shooting you in the leg. I was myself entirely.” – Delilah Bard