This was the Books Light the Way book club pick of the month for May 2016.
Rating: 4/5 stars (all will be explained :))
This book follows two main characters: Kell and Lila. Kell is one of the last magicals with the power to travel between worlds: Grey, Red and White. Lila is a thief who lives in Grey London (the parallel to Kell’s Red London).The doors between the Grey, Red and White are locked to all but those with the power of travel; this causes some resentment among the worlds which escalates in this book when the boundaries of these worlds are brought closer together…
[Yes my summary is vague but I think its best you go into the book with a clear head as there is a long explanation in the beginning]
- Setting – I feel as the different settings for the different London’s were very well developed thanks to the large amount of world building at the beginning of the book which held a large amount of desciptive language. This made imagining the various London’s very easy
- Pacing – This was intially a very slow read for me as the first 1/3 of the book was dedicated to world building which I personally felt compromised the plot a bit. However, once I got past the tremendous amount of world building it became an intriguing read which I got through reasonably quickly.
- Character Development – The characters were all built very solidly which I enjoyed. Lila in particular was a solid character who I felt complimented Kell very well and aided strongly in his character development.
- Plot – I felt this was a very good plot and unique in concept which I enjoyed immensly; due to the complexity of the plot I can forgive the large amount of initial world building which aids in the reader’s understanding of the plot.
- Writing – It was largely a very descriptive style which I didn’t mind as much because I didn’t feel it was extrememly overly descriptive; the descriptions used were necessary to the plot rather than being included just for the sake of it.
Overall… I think it was a solid start to the high fantasy series that I feel could almost be a stand alone. V E Schwab managed to tie up many loose ends and I’m excited to see where she takes the series in A Gathering of Shadows (BOOK 2).