Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.
Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London – but no one speaks of that now.
Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.
But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.
Description taken from Goodreads. I received an advance preview of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. These opinions are my own.
World building in this book, my gosh.
AND THE CHARACTERS.
I literally cannot even with this story. Everything is set up so perfectly and I can’t wait for more. In the beginning, I wasn’t expecting very much because, while I loved VICIOUS, I didn’t enjoy it as much as everyone else seemed to. BUT A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC.
I am so excited for the rest of this book to come out. In a few simple words, Schwab transports the reader into the world of Kell and his friends and his enemies and his powers and every single person in this story is multi-dimensional. It was so refreshing to read this story, and I loved every second of reading it.
One thing I loved the most was how the multiple Londons are set up in this story, and how each person is pitiful or enlightening or enraging all at once. I felt bad for Kell in the beginning, and as I grew to know more and more about him I only pitied him more. He was a character I truly came to love, in the most peculiar way, and while I didn’t necessarily love where this book was going when the preview ended, I was still curious to see what was going to happen.
Then there was the writing.
I need more of this book right now. RIGHT NOW.
I JUST WANT IT TO BE FEBRUARY 24TH NOW ;-;