We love the world V. E. Schwab created in her Shades of Magic series. Multiple magic Londons, a peculiar coat, and characters we desperately want to meet—even the dangerous ones. We’re not alone in that love. , , and have inspired fans around the world to paint, draw, and imagine the beloved characters in the series. What else could we do but create a special Collector’s Edition, including some of our favorite pieces of that art? Senior Editor Miriam Weinberg explains:
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!
Today, we’re sharing with you two of the pieces of art that will be included in this special edition of A Darker Shade of Magic. And be sure to for more art from the new edition!
From artist Lesya, here’s our favorite Antari, Kell:
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From artist Malesha Essner, Prince Rhy and Kell, “Brothers”:
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