5 Questions For the End of A Darker Shade of Magic

Reading VE Schwab's Shades of Magic

After blazing through to the end of V.E. Schwab’s first installment in the Shades of Magic series, there’s so much to think about. New twists are revealed, deaths and rebirths, and a number of surprising revelations. I came away with a few questions, as I’m betting most readers did upon completing the book.

How Does the Magic System Work When Elemental Magic is Only a Piece?

The magic in this universe is based in elements, and most magic users learn their power by finding which element they align most strongly with. But on the other hand, magic isn’t simply elemental—the magic that Kell wields can be commanded to do many things, most of them having nothing to do with elements. Is the point that Antari are the only people who can currently manipulate magic outside of an elemental state? Is there a reason for this focus on elements? There ...