Shades of Magic
And while I loved it and recommend it to people all the time, there was something special about A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab. The reason I refer to it as my favorite book of 2015 is because it felt like the author woke up one morning and decided to write a book just for ME ME ME.
A Darker Shade of Magic is the first book in a trilogy featuring the magician Kell and the thief Delilah. Kell has the rare ability to travel between parallel worlds. Each world has a different amount of magic and thus a treatment of such. The leaders of these worlds know about the other worlds, and Kell is a messenger between the rulers of each London.
When Kell smuggles a particular contraband between worlds, the balance of magic and power between the worlds starts to unravel, with fatal consequences.
ADSoM has a noir feel with characters you love despite their flaws. The second book—A Gathering of Shadows—goes deeper into the characters and world-building as the nefarious side effects from book one slowly work their way toward the third book.
A Conjuring of Light comes out next month, and I can't wait to see what happens to Lila and Kell.
On Tyen's world, magic is the province of academics and scientists. Magic is permissible, but is growing weaker. He stumbles into a mystery that gets him expelled and forces him to run across his world.
In Angel of Storms, both Rielle and Tyen learn about the other worlds out there and begin to travel between them. Rielle finds herself the victim of sorcerer politics as she learns who her Angel really is. Tyen is pulled into a rebellion against the returning Angel.
Compare and Contrast
The tone and writing style is completely different between these authors. Yet I am sucked into both worlds. I eagerly await the final books in these trilogies. I want to see how everything comes together. I'm pretty certain one of them will have a happy ending, but I'm not sure about the other. I like not knowing--for now.