By V. E. Schwab
STEP right into a UNIVERSE OF bold event, exciting strength, AND a number of LONDONS.
Kell is likely one of the final Travelers-magicians with an extraordinary, coveted skill to trip among parallel universes, attached via one magical city.
There's gray London, soiled and dull, with none magic, and with one mad king-George III. purple London, the place existence and magic are revered-and the place Kell used to be 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 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 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're going to by no means see. it is a defiant pastime with harmful outcomes, 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 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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Besides, it was time to go home. He left the Collector at the counter, tinkering with the child’s game—marveling at the way that neither the melted ice nor the sand spilled out of their grooves, no matter how he shook the box—and stepped out into the night. Kell made his way toward the Thames, listening to the sounds of the city around him, the nearby carriages and faraway cries, some in pleasure, some in pain (though they were still nothing compared to the screams that carried through White London).
They’d taken away his rings, to keep him from hurting himself, and his nails were cut to nothing. “My letter,” he said, and for an instant Kell saw a glimmer of George as he once was. Regal. Kell patted the pockets of his coat and realized he’d forgotten to take the notes out before changing. He shrugged out of the jacket and returned it for a moment to its red self, digging through its folds until he found the envelope. When he pressed it into the king’s hand, the latter fondled it and caressed the wax seal—the red throne’s emblem, a chalice with a rising sun—then brought the paper to his nose and inhaled.
And pounds? He’d have better luck burning them than trying to buy anything with them in the White alleys. He supposed he could spend the money here, but what ever would he spend it on? No, Kell was playing a different game. “I don’t want your money,” he said. “I want something that matters. ” Ned nodded hastily. “Fine. Stay here and I’ll—” “Not tonight,” said Kell. ” Kell shrugged. ” “I don’t expect you to do anything,” said Kell with a shrug. It was cruel, he knew, but he wanted to see how far the Enthusiast was willing to go.
A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel by V. E. Schwab