V. E. Schwab Writing Styles in A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel

V. E. Schwab
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Point of View

The novel is related in third-person narration with the narrator’s focus primarily split between the perspectives of the two main protagonists, Lila and Kell, in alternating chapters. However, in particularly action-filled sequences, there are shifts in perspective within one chapter. These shifts help orient the reader to what each of these characters is thinking as well as what is happening to them, as sometimes they are separated from one another. The shifts also provide suspense when one character is in trouble and the other is mounting a rescue or trying to minimize the possibility of further trouble, as when Lila crashes through Rhy's bedroom window during the masquerade, or when she tries to kill Astrid Dane in the palace in White London while Kell fights Athos outside. When she fails at this, and Astrid shapeshifts into Lila's form, the reader is unsure if Kell...

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