Then there’s Schwab. I liked his last book, and I like this one so far. So simple, so smooth. His story moves like a fine brandy or rum, moving with a building heat as you read more and more.
“Kell wore a very peculiar coat,” he started (1).
Schwab starts A Darker Shade of Magic with this small fact, stating the coat is quite unusual, before developing more reasoning behind why its such a strange coat, and why it was so important for the character, Kell. Kell needed this coat for his traveling between realms, which not only gave some development to the character but also built the type of world it was for the reader.
This is a quick scene setting done well. All it required was simplicity.
And then he wraps up this section of the book in the same fashion:
“Kell stepped forward through the door and into darkness, shrugging off Grey London like a coat” (35).
Isn’t that superb? Opens and closes the same way.
Overall, Schwab’s style of writing is very simple, no foreshadowing, no hidden details, which I know is not for everyone, but the story itself is moved so smoothly that you find yourself devouring the book like Thanksgiving meal – quickly. Rather than savoring the meal you slaved all day cooking.
Schwab, VE. A Darker Shade of Magic. New York, NY: Tor, 2015. Print.
PS. Did you guys know VE is short for Victoria?