A Darker Shade of Magic Re-read: Part X

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Welcome to my re-read of A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. This is the 10th 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 X One White Rook.


Part X is a long, but action-packed one. In this part, Schwab took us back to check on the two vessels of the black stone, one in Grey London left by Lila’s sword and another in Red London left frozen by Kell. The Grey London vessel, having been taken forcefully, has now withered. He was drawn to Stone’s Throw before getting hit by a cart and crumbled into soot. And guess who was there? The enthusiast from earlier. Yep, there’s definitely something with this Edward Tuttle guy. We just don’t know what yet. The second vessel has spread itself like a plague in Red London. A voluntary vessel, it lasted longer than the Grey London’s. It even managed to “kill” Gen and Parrish, Rhy’s personal guards when they were off duty. I am not sure they will stay dead, pretty sure they’ll get possessed and then the black smoke could sneak into the castle and… OH NO, RHYYY.

Speaking of Rhy, his birthday celebration was in full swing. A full-day festival followed by a masquerade ball was taking place. However, his brother was not there and the crown, now fully realized that Kell is indeed missing, has placed a magical notification ad throughout the city with the message to “press here if found.” Fortunately, Kell and Lila were smart enough to cloak themselves going to Fletcher’s pawn shop. Once they got there, Kell and Lila roamed the shop searching for the white rook, the White London’s token, but couldn’t find it. Fletcher, a bone magician, found out that Master Kell was in his shop and stalled them long enough after he notified the royal guards that their wanted person is here. Lila cloaked herself with the stone’s magic so the guards had no idea she was there, and the royal guards took Kell back to the castle. Everything seems well and good, that is until Kell was rendered unconscious and a strange guard possesed by magic came back to get rid of Fletcher. Good riddance! But what about Kell? Was he kidnapped? And what will happen to Lila? Well, if you know her, you will know for sure she is not going to sit around and wait for Kell to come back. Instead, she took the black stone and the white rook that fell from Fletcher’s pocket) and went to rescue Kell.

Next week gonna be fun!

Favorite Quote

Some people steal to stay alive, and some steal to feel alive.

Favorite Scene

Lila telling Kell about her past and Kell telling Lila about what he did to some guys who kidnapped his brother.


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