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A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel

3/5. There are four Londons in four worlds, and only a few can travel between. One of those who can takes the opportunity to smuggle, and gets caught up in a complicated magical scheme.

Overhyped. This was entertaining enough, but you know I'm kind of bored when one of the main characters is a cross-dressing lady pickpocket who dreams of being a ship captain, and I find it overbaked and kind of tiresome. Points for later establishing that she likes menswear just for the sake of wearing a good suit, though, rather than the usual fantasy bait-and-switch where the lady cross-dresses but in the end just wants to be "herself" again or whatever.

Lots of people thought the hype was called for, so maybe I'm just cranky. Or maybe this is, at its heart, just bland.

Date: 2016-02-07 01:49 am (UTC)
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I couldn't point to anything I didn't like about this book, but I found myself prioritizing all of my other reading ahead of it. When the hoopla audiobook auto-returned to the library when I'd only read about a quarter of it, I shrugged and checked out the next thing in my queue instead of getting it out again. Because I was just never caught up in it at all.

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