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Author V.E. Schwab Is Here To Talk To You About A Darker Shade Of Magic

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In April, the io9 book club read V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic. Today, from 11:00 - am - noon (Pacific time) she’ll be here to answer your questions about writing about magic, imagined cities, and anything else you want to know.

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Start asking Schwab your questions in the comments section right now and she’ll answer as many as she can while she’s here. Please be polite!

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Want to find out more about the io9 book club? You can check out our past meetings here. This month, we’ll be reading The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis.

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DISCUSSION

APartyofOne
APartyofOne

Hi Victoria.

One of the things that I look in good fantasy fiction is an engaging set of rules for the supernatural. They can be extremely rigid and well-defined (Harry Potter, The Magicians) or left rather vague (Game of Thrones, LOTR, etc), but the best of them all have a certain feel that allows magic to feel like something other than a move-the-plot-along button. You appear to have captured this in your novel, so: how did you evolve as system of magic that you felt comfortable with? How many iterations did it take before it felt right? Did you ever have a feeling that something you wrote into the story was too much of a deus ex machina?