Review | The Fragile Threads of Power – V.E. Schwab

One of my most anticipated releases this year was The Fragile Threads of Power. And I was luckily enough to get an eARC. About two weeks ago this book was released and today I wanted to share my thoughts with you all. Let’s jump in!

Review | The Fragile Threads of Power – V.E. Schwab

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, and set in the world of A Darker Shade of Magic, V. E. Schwab opens a new door into perilous adventure and tangled schemes with The Fragile Threads of Power.
Once, there were four worlds, nestled like pages in a book, each pulsing with fantastical power, and connected by a single city: London. Until the magic grew too fast, and forced the worlds to seal the doors between them in a desperate gamble to protect their own. The few magicians who could still open the doors grew more rare as time passed and now, only three Antari are known in recent memory―Kell Maresh of Red London, Delilah Bard of Grey London, and Holland Vosijk, of White London.
But barely a glimpse of them have been seen in the last seven years―and a new Antari named Kosika has appeared in White London, taking the throne in Holland's absence. The young queen is willing to feed her city with blood, including her own―but her growing religious fervor has the potential to drown them instead.
And back in Red London, King Rhy Maresh is threatened by a rising rebellion, one determined to correct the balance of power by razing the throne entirely.
Amidst this tapestry of old friends and new enemies, a girl with an unusual magical ability comes into possession of a device that could change the fate of all four worlds.
Her name is Tes, and she's the only one who can bring them together―or unravel it all.

The Fragile Threads of Power (Threads of Power, #1) by V.E. Schwab
on 26/09/2023
Pages: 648

“A head gets lost, but a heart knows home.”

The Fragile Threads of Power is set in the same universe as the Darker Shades of Magic series and mostly follows the same characters. We pick the story back up 7 years after the end of A Conjuring of Light. As I was reading A Conjuring of Light, I was hoping for a spin off series and I was so so happy when The Fragile Threads of Power was announced.

“Is it possible to have a death wish when you know you cannot die?”

One of my favorite things in A Conjuring of Light (and the reason I was expecting a spin off) was the ship they went to to get some magical artifacts and I was so happy to see that again in this book. I overall really enjoy this world and loved that I got to spend time here again. There was still new stuff to learn so even after reading the original trilogy the worldbuilding doesn’t get annoying (or at least not to me).

“And that was the madness, the cruelty, that life was fragile, and he had so much to love, and spent all his time mourning the loss before he suffered it.”
The main cast from the original trilogy is present for this new series and I was so happy to see them again. I know a lot readers can’t stand Lila, and I understand that even though I don’t feel the same, I think your opinion probably won’t change if that is the case for you haha. But we also get some new characters and I loved them a lot! Most of them I wanted to read more about and I was really excited for their chapters.
“A thing taken by force would always be a pale shadow of something given freely.”
Tes is my new favorite, she can see the actual threads of magical power and was just a lovely character to read about. I like her a lot as a person and wished she got even more page time to be honest. There are other interesting new characters, I will say Kosika was my least favorite. I changed my mind on her a couple of times though so I’m curious to see how that will develop in the next book.
Also, the ending has me very excited for the next book. There isn’t any hint about a release date yet so I’m scared and think it might not come out until 2025…. That would be quite the wait so I might do a reread of everything before then haha. Overall I would really recommend this series, whether you’ve read the original trilogy or not (although you totally should!). I would love to hear if you plan on picking this up or what you thought of it if you already did! Let me know in the comments!

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