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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E.Schwab was the 83rd official Sword and Laser Book Club selection.

Reading period: Apr 1, 2016 - Apr 30, 2016

How/Why was this book chosen: It tied with "The Fifth Season" in a March Madness style knockout poll and was picked by Veronica as the Official book because we hadn't read V.E.Schwab."The Fifth Season" was selected as the alternate pick.

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Round 1 Match 1

106 votes 51.5% The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin 

100 votes 48.5% Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Round 1 Match 2

100 votes 53.8% Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence 

86 votes 46.2% Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

Round 1 Match 3

113 votes 58.5% Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan

80 votes 41.5% Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson

Round 1 Match 4

104 votes 54.2% Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey

88 votes 45.8% Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner

Round 1 Match 5

99 votes 51.0% The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

95 votes 49.0% The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher

Round 1 Match 6

110 votes 60.4% The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley 

72 votes 39.6% Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier

Round 1 Match 7

110 votes 55.0% The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett 

90 votes 45.0% A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle 

Round 1 Match 8

114 votes 60.6% A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab 

74 votes 39.4% Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone 

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Round 2 Match 1

158 votes 67.8% The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

75 votes 32.2% Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence

Round 2 Match 2

129 votes 57.6% Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan

 95 votes 42.4% Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Round 2 Match 3

116 votes 53.5% The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

101 votes 46.5% The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

Round 2 Match 4

139 votes 62.9% A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

82 votes 37.1% The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett

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Semi-Final 1

152 votes 60.8% The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

98 votes 39.2% Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan

Semi-Final 2

152 votes 60.3% A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

100 votes 39.7% The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

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Final

138 votes 50.0% The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

138 votes 50.0% A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Sword & Laser Goodreads Group Discussion of A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E.Schwab Edit

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit. 

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her 'proper adventure'.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped.

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