Wednesday, 18 February 2015

A Darker Shade of Magic Blog Tour: V. E. Schwab's Favourite Literary Villains


Hello everyone, and welcome to my stop on the A Darker Shade of Magic blog tour! Today I have V. E. Schwab (also known as Victoria Schwab) on the blog to talk about her favourite literary villains, so without further ado, here is her list!

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Victoria's Favourite Literary Villains

*Cracks knuckles* My favorite kind of list.

1. The Thin Man from The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly. Creepiest dude ever. Enough said.

2. Mr. Croup, Mr. Vandermar, and the Angel Islington from Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I honestly couldn’t decide between the three, but Croup and Vandermar gave me the chills in the best way.

3. The Darkling from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. Tall, dark, handsome, and evil. You really can’t fault me.

4. The Falconer from The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. I love everything about this series. In fact, it, along with Sanderson’s Way of Kings are among the rare times I enjoy the heroes as much as the villains, but Lynch’s Falconer is one of my favorite villains: damaged, complicated, and vengeful.

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There you have it! The only book I've read from that list is Shadow and Bone (I know, I'm terrible, but I have The Lies of Locke Lamora on my TBR pile) and I definitely agree with Victoria about The Darkling. 

I hope you've enjoyed my stop on the tour. Please see below for info about A Darker Shade of Magic and Victoria (seriously, if the synopsis and beautiful cover don't convince you to read this book, I can't help you). Also keep an eye out for my review which should be up fairly soon!

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic #1) by V. E. Schwab
Publisher: Titan Books
Released: February 27th 2015
Find it on Goodreads

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.
(from Goodreads)

From Titan Books: V.E. Schwab is the bestselling author of Vicious, which was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2013, an Amazon Best Book of the Year (as well as Best Book of the Month), a semi-finalist in the Goodreads Choice 2013 Book Awards, and the ALA top pick for Fantasy for their 2014 reading list. It was also noted in various author best-of lists, from Laini Taylor to Chuck Wendig. She is also the author of The Near Witch, The Archived, and The Unbound.

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Thank you for visiting my stop today. Don't forget to drop by So Many Books, So Little Time tomorrow for the next stop on the tour. Please see the blog tour banner on the sidebar for more details.

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