Shades of Hamilton

Written by V. E. Schwab

What story features a collection of young, scrappy, and hungry leads, an out-of-touch king, an unlikely ensemble of friends and adversaries, and a wealth of fabulous military coats?

In the midst of a revolution (and a revelation), the answer seems obvious: Hamilton!

But with iconic lines about taking risks, dreaming big, changing your stars and taking life into your hands, it’s impossible not to notice how well lines of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s marvelous play pair with characters from the Shades of Magic series.

And so, with A Conjuring of Light out soon, here you have it, Shades of Hamilton:

“There’s a million things I haven’t done, but just you wait.”
—Lila Bard, aspiring pirate and trouble-maker in not one but three Londons

“I am the one thing in life I can control.”
—Kell, Red London Antari and adopted Maresh prince, no chill whatsoever

“Dying is easy, living is harder.”
—Rhy Maresh, crown prince, energetic dreamer, spiced cinnamon roll

“I’d rather be divisive than indecisive.”
—Alucard Emery, ex-royal, current rogue, and captain of the Night Spire

“I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory.”
—Holland, the White London Antari enslaved to the Dane Twins

“History has its eyes on you.”
—Maxim Maresh, sovereign of the Empire and beloved of Arnes, a hardass father to Rhy and Kell

“No one has more resilience or matches my practical tactical brilliance.”
—Kisimyr Vasrin, former victor of the Essen Tasch, badass b*tch

“The fact that you’re alive is a miracle, just stay alive, that would be enough.”
—Emira Maresh, literal ice-queen, over-protective mother, and gardening enthusiast

“I never had a group of friends before, I promise that I’ll make y’all proud.”
—Ned, the non-magical patron of Stone’s Throw tavern who would really, really, really like to be Kell’s protégé

“Love doesn’t discriminate between the sinners and the saints.”
—Calla, night market merchant who wants Kell and Lila to bone

“How lucky we are to be alive right now!”
—Hastra, the young guard assigned to Kell, gifted with ability to make things grow

“I put myself back in the narrative…”
—Black London

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