55 pages 1 hour read

V. E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic

Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2015

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Essay Topics


How does Schwab use narrative techniques like perspective, scene shifts, and foreshadowing to develop her characters and build suspense?


Compare and contrast Kell Maresh and Lila Bard’s backgrounds and family situations. Why do they feel isolated? Where do they find love and belonging? How do their experiences develop the theme of The Nature of Family?


Is Holland Vosijk an antagonist, a sympathetic figure, or both? Why? How does he contribute to the protagonist’s character development, the plot’s suspense, and the theme of corruption?