By V. E. Schwab
STEP right into a UNIVERSE OF bold event, exciting strength, AND a number of LONDONS.
Kell is without doubt one of the final Travelers-magicians with an extraordinary, coveted skill to commute among parallel universes, hooked up by way of one magical city.
There's gray London, soiled and dull, with none magic, and with one mad king-George III. crimson 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 manage 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 nobody speaks of that now.
Officially, Kell is the purple tourist, ambassador of the Maresh empire, wearing the per month correspondences among the royals of every London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing humans prepared to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a global 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 perilous enemy, and at last 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 save lots of the entire worlds, they are going to first have to remain alive.
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What Kell didn’t say was that Black London had a wealth of magic in its veins, and Grey London hardly any; he wanted to make a point. And by the looks of it, he had. This time, when he held out his hand for the letter, the prince didn’t refuse, or even resist. Kell tucked the parchment into his pocket along with the stolen quill. “Thank you, as ever, for your hospitality,” he said, offering an exaggerated bow. The Prince Regent summoned a guard with a single snap of his fingers. ” And then, without another word, he turned and strode away.
With fair skin and reddish hair, Kell felt perpetually out of place. The queen brushed a handful of copper strands off his forehead. She always went looking for the truth in his right eye, as if it were a scrying board, something to be gazed into, seen past. But what she saw, she never shared. Kell took her hand and kissed it. ” She gave him a weary look, and he corrected himself. ” A servant appeared bearing tea, sweet and laced with mint, and Kell took a long drink and let his family talk, his mind wandering in the comfort of their noise.
Red London and White kept in much closer contact than Red and Grey, but their communication still held a kind of routine. Holland was off schedule by nearly a week. ” asked Rhy. “A headache,” said Kell, rubbing his eyes. “You know what I mean,” countered the prince. ” Kell spread his arms wide. “Search me if you like,” he added with a smirk. Rhy had never been able to figure out Kell’s coat and its many sides, and Kell was already turning back down the hall, considering the matter done, when Rhy surprised him by reaching not for his pockets but for his shoulders, and pushing him back against the wall.
A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel by V. E. Schwab