Welcome to an inside look at the collector’s edition of V. E. Schwab’s runaway success, A Darker Shade of Magic—the first book in the bestselling Shades of Magic series.
While brainstorming ideas about what to feature in the A Darker Shade of Magic Collector’s Edition, we thought about all those readers, dreaming of this world, and these characters, and how they made it their own, too. We kept coming back to one desire: shining a light on the readers who have loved the series as much as we have, and who have passed the magic along as the books grew.
We scoured the internet, looking at fan art of the beloved characters from the first book—Kell, Lila, Rhy, Holland, the Dane Twins—and dynamic renderings of the tiniest details from each of the books. The amount of talent within the Shades of Magic fandom is immense, and gloriously overwhelming in its scope and variety. So many options. So much passion.
Alas, there are only so many pages in a book, and we had to whittle down our options to just a handful of drawings. But we are beyond delighted to open another window into the Shades of Magic fandom!
(Have I mentioned how talented Schwab fans are? Yes? Honestly, I never tire of saying it, or seeing it. And we hope that this edition will be cherished, bringing more magic into your lives and homes.)
Check out illustrator Mona May’s striking take on Lila Bard and the vicious Dane twins below, then head over to the Tor/Forge blog for even more fan art from A Darker Shade of Magic Collector’s Edition.