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The Shades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab

Contributed by Erica Jung on Dec 1st, 2020. Artwork published in
February 2017
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    The Shades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab 1
    Source: https://us.macmillan.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    The Shades of Magic is a trilogy by New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab, published by Tor Books.

    The first book, A Darker Shade of Magic, hit shelves in February 2015, followed by A Gathering of Shadows in 2016 and A Conjuring of Light in 2017. In the same year it was announced that Sony won a bidding war over the movie rights to A Darker Shade of Magic.

    For the book covers, designer and illustrator Will Staehle chose the font Polyspring by PintassilgoPrints. He comments:

    Once we locked on this design we went back and forth on a few possible type solutions, but ended up with this narrow serif. Lettering that feels a bit turn-of-the-century, while also creating a nice contrast from the very strong graphic circles of the cover.

    Read more about the cover design process of the book A Darker Shade of Magic and see other cover approaches commented by Tor Books Art Director Irene Gallo on Tor’s website:

    It is both playful and smart, sugesting that there is a really fun and clever adventure to be had.

    The Shades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab 2
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    The Shades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab 3
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    The Shades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab 4
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    The Shades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab 5
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    The Shades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab 6
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    • Polyspring
    • Amati
    • IM Fell Great Primer
    • Sackers Roman

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    2 Comments on “The Shades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab”

    1. Here are the other typefaces used on the first image:

      “A CLASSIC WORK OF FANTASY”, “A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC”, “A GATHERING OF SHADOWS”, and “A CONJURING OF LIGHT” are Amati.
      fontsinuse.com/typefaces/13…
      www.myfonts.com/fonts/artyp…

      “Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author” is IM Fell Great Primer.
      iginomarini.com/fell/the-re…
      fontsinuse.com/typefaces/47…

      “SERIES” is Sackers Heavy Roman.
      www.myfonts.com/fonts/mti/s…

    2. Thanks a lot, Akira! Excellent work. The typeface credits are now added.

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