A Darker Shade of Magic | Red Velvet Cake Truffles
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
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.
My Thoughts: A Darker Shade of Magic is one of the most interesting fantasy novels that I have picked up in a while! Every character introduced into the story had so much depth and made you connect with them and root for them throughout their adventures they went on. The world building is phenomenal; normally I get muddled when reading about fantasy novels’ worlds, but this book was so intriguing and kept me hooked the entire time I was reading this story. It’s full of action, mystery, and such whimsical elements that made me fall in love with the story. If you have not picked up a book by the talented, V.E. Schwab, I highly recommend you pick this one up immediately.
Red Velvet Cake Truffles
This recipe is SO delicious and simple to make! It is one of the quickest recipes that I’ve found for a Food and Fiction feature, and I think it really goes well with A Darker Shade of Magic‘s cover! I did change this recipe around a bit in order for it to match the book’s cover, though, but the changes are super simple. Instead of using the chocolate drizzle that’s used to coat the truffles in the recipe that I followed; I used white chocolate and food colored it red so it would match the color scheme of the novel. So, if you want to recreate the truffles I made, substitute the milk chocolate in the recipe and use white chocolate that you’ll color red. (It does come out a bit lighter than red because of the white chocolate, so be sure to add lots of red food coloring to get the color you want!)
*Small tip* These truffles taste amazing when they’re cooled down. So pop them into the fridge for a bit before eating them, and the chocolate coating on the outside won’t melt on your fingers if it’s cooled down.
CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE (Found on Julie’s Eats and Treats blog)