Waiting on Wednesday: A Darker Shade of Magic Collector’s Edition

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event which aims to shine a light on eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

A Darker Shade of Magic Collector’s Edition by V.E. Schwab
Release Date: October 31st 2017

A Darker Shade of Magic Collector's Edition

A Darker Shade of Magic, the first book in V.E. Schwab’s New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy, is now available in a special collector’s edition.

With a revamped, metallic ink detailed cover and reading ribbon, this edition will also feature the following bonus material:

  • End papers featuring fan art
  • A glossary of Arnesian and Antari terms
  • An interview between author and editor
  • Original (never before seen) tales from within the Shades of Magic world
  • Signed title page

Kell is one of the last Antari―magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.

Kell was raised in Arnes – Red London – and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, travelling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.

Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

Don’t worry, I haven’t suddenly lost all memory of the past two years and forgotten that A Darker Shade of Magic has already been released.

All I needed to see was that V.E. Schwab was releasing a Collector’s Edition of the first book, complete with exclusive and never-before-seen tales, and I rushed to pre-order it. The Shades of Magic series is one of my all-time favourites so V.E. Schwab could write anything, and I mean anything, set within that world and I would rush out immediately to get my own copy

What do you think of A Darker Shade of Magic Collector’s Edition? Is it a must on your to-read list, or are there any other books you can’t wait for the release date of? Let me know in the comments and let me know if you took part in this week’s Waiting on Wednesday as well.


44 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: A Darker Shade of Magic Collector’s Edition

  1. What a stunning cover! I loved the revamped color scheme! And I’ve never owned a collector’s edition but I think this one might be my first! It’s so cool that you’ve pre-ordered it. I’m sure it’ll look just as cool in person as it does digitally 😀

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    1. Oh it really is isn’t it? The US edition is my favourite anyway so I’m loving the new colour scheme but with the same design. I’d highly recommend buying a collectors edition. I LOVE the ones I have and this will be a book I love owning as well, once it’s been released that it. 🙂
      I think it will look even better in person than it does digitally! 😀 ❤️

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  2. I NEED this edition in my life! ❤ It's simply beautiful plus I really want to read the bonus content as well. I definitely need to put down the date when this is released, so that I have it in mind – I'm definitely buying it for myself! 😀

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    1. Oh it’s definitely a beyond gorgeous edition isn’t it? ❤️ I am pretty much counting down the days until it’s released and trying to guess what the bonus content is too! Also yes definitely buy it, and it may be hard to forget the date because I’m not going to stop going on about this edition in the run up to its release. 😀

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  3. I so NEED to get this collector’s edition. I don’t own any of the Shades of Magic books as physical copies, I have them as e-books so…I need to have that one ahah 😀

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  4. OH MY GOD I NEED THIS LIKE I NEED AIR. I didn’t even realise there’ll be a collector’s edition! I’m not normally for fan merchandise but I kind of want all the bonus material… that’s how much I love this series. 🙈

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    1. I am exactly the same about this book. The second I heard there was a collectors edition being released I just had to pre-order it from Amazon, and now I’m pretty much counting down the days until it’s released! 😀
      Oh see I am a fan of merchandise like this, and it’s a good thing because this will be the third copy of ADSOM I own! 😀


      1. I wonder if the translated editions have the same covers? I remember someone telling me about a bookstagrammer who has like 400 different copies of Alice in Wonderland… maybe we can be like that but for the Shades of Magic series. 😂

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    1. Oh see I’m all about special editions, especially for my favourite series and Shades of Magic is one of my all-time favourite series! 😀
      It sounds amazing, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it so I can see what all the original tales are about! 😀 ❤️


  5. Oh my gooooooodness!!!! I didn’t even know this was happening!!!! There goes even more money right out of my pocket and to the bookstore RIP But it’ll be gorgeous on my shelf!!!

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      1. Yeah I am definitely going to preorder it! Thanks so much for writing this post and letting me know about it!

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  6. OMG THIS COLLECTORS EDITION LOOKS STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want it I want it I want it! But I should really read the ones I have on my shelf first lol. Ugh I am obsessed with the color scheme and touch of gold. This is going to be beautiful to stare at on the shelf! I am happy that you already reserved your copy Beth, you deserve it ❤

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    1. It really really does, and you know the actual book is going to be even more gorgeous than the picture shows as well! 🙂
      This is an amazing series, so I’d highly recommend it if you haven’t read it already Gretchen, but yeah probably have to make it through some of the books already on your TBR list first! 🙂
      I can’t wait for it to be released. I can already tell it’s going to be one of the most gorgeous books I own.
      Thanks Gretchen! 😀 ❤️

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    1. It does look amazing, and I can’t wait until I have it on my shelves with the rest of my collection! I’d recommend waiting and buying the collectors edition, it’s an amazing book and an amazing series so the cost of the book will almost certainly be worth it! 😀
      Ha. Well if you’re waiting for the fourth book without having read the first then I think that’s the sign it’s a great series. I really hope you enjoy it Ellie, and the other three before it too! 🙂


  7. WHAT. NO. NONONONONONO. I bought ADSOM with my own money and now there’s a COLLECTOR’S edition that I could’ve gotten instead of the regular one IF I HAD WAITED??? *cries* At first I was like ew that cover but then I read the contents of it. I MUST HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVE. *cries*

    Someone will take pictures of it and send it to me right. Right. RIGHT. *cries again*

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    1. Oh that’s a shame May, although you could do what I’m doing and get the collectors edition as well. When this book arrives I’ll have three copies of ADSOM! 🙂 I may be a little obsessed!
      See I think the cover is really pretty, but even if it wasn’t the bonus content would be more than enough to have me paying for a copy.
      I’ll be taking pictures of it don’t worry. I’m going to have to use the release of this book as an excuse to re-read it and write another review! 😀

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      1. Ha, yeah I just have no self control when it comes to books. Well, hopefully one day you’ll be able to get your own copy. 🙂
        I reckon it’ll look better on the actual book, I don’t think the picture of the cover will fully do it justice you know?

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