By V. E. Schwab
STEP right into a UNIVERSE OF bold experience, exciting energy, AND a number of LONDONS.
Kell is among the final Travelers-magicians with an extraordinary, coveted skill to shuttle among parallel universes, hooked up through one magical city.
There's gray London, soiled and uninteresting, with none magic, and with one mad king-George III. pink London, the place lifestyles and magic are revered-and the place Kell was once raised along Rhys Maresh, the rougish inheritor to a flourishing empire. White London-a position the place humans struggle to regulate magic, and the magic fights again, draining the town to its very bones. And as soon as upon a time, there has been Black London. yet not anyone speaks of that now.
Officially, Kell is the pink visitor, ambassador of the Maresh empire, sporting the per 30 days correspondences among the royals of every London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing humans prepared to pay for even the smallest glimpses of an international they will by no means see. it is a defiant pastime with risky effects, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.
Fleeing into gray London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and eventually forces Kell to spirit her to a different international for a formal adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at each flip. to avoid wasting all the worlds, they're going to first have to remain alive.
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Sometimes, thought Kell, it made things too simple. There had been nights back home when he felt like he went to bed in one place and woke up in another. But here, Westminster Abbey always stood, waiting to greet him. He made his way past the towering stone structure, through the streets, crowded with carriages, and down a narrow road that hugged the dean’s yard, walled by mossy stone. The narrow road grew narrower still before it finally stopped in front of a tavern. And here Kell stopped, too, and shrugged out of his coat.
It was known as the Soner Rast. The “Beating Heart” of the city. Its curved spires glittered like beads of light. People flocked to the river palace day and night, some to bring cases to the king or queen, but many simply to be near the Isle that ran beneath. Scholars came to the river’s edge to study the source, and magicians came hoping to tap into its strength, while visitors from the Arnesian countryside only wanted to gaze upon the palace and river alike, and to lay flowers—from lilies to shooting stars, azaleas to moondrops—all along the bank.
There was nothing human about that eye. It was pure magic. The mark of a blood magician. Of an Antari. Kell relished what he saw in the Prince Regent’s eyes when they tried to hold Kell’s gaze. Caution, discomfort … and fear. ” He didn’t wait for the prince to answer. “It is to keep yours safe. You see, there was a time, ages ago, when they were not so separate. When doors ran between your world and mine, and others, and anyone with a bit of power could pass through. Magic itself could pass through.
A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel by V. E. Schwab