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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.


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!


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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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?