This book was an absolute delight to read. It's short, it's sweet, and it's got just the right amount of darkness mixed in with the sweetness to make is something more. The characters are all a little broken, all children that went on adventures in worlds that were perfectly suited to them and then came back to the normal, everyday, world changed. Now they yearn for worlds that they can't get back to, whether that's because they aren't welcome anymore, or because the door back simply refuses to open.Read More
A Darker Shade of Magic is a book of wonderful coats, dark magic, and desperate adventure. And I'm not kidding when I mention the coats first. Also pants. Lots of women who decide to wear pants and badass coats no matter what's expected of women in the various Londons that they hail from.Read More
As much as I really wanted to like this book, I don't think it was for me the way that the Binti books were. I read a fair amount of YA, so I don't think it was because this was written for a younger audience than the Binti books were, though that might have something to do with it.Read More
I enjoyed the other installments in Kendare Blake's *Three Dark Crowns* series enough to preorder this novella, and I can't say that I regret that I spent the money. This was an interesting little installment in the story of the three queens, and a nice amount of background that fleshed out and clarified a couple of things that the first two books revealed but didn't get into in great depth.