By V. E. Schwab
STEP right into a UNIVERSE OF bold event, exciting energy, AND a number of LONDONS.
Kell is likely one of the final Travelers-magicians with a unprecedented, coveted skill to go back and forth among parallel universes, hooked up via 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 used to be 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 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 visitor, 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 dangerous enemy, and at last forces Kell to spirit her to a different global for a formal adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at each flip. to avoid wasting the entire worlds, they are going to first have to remain alive.
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Some months he tried, dragging the quill haphazardly across the parchment, and some months he insisted on having Kell transcribe, but most months he simply told Kell the message and Kell promised to remember. “You see, I didn’t have the time,” added the king, trying to salvage a vestige of his dignity. Kell let him have it. “I understand,” he said. ” Kell turned again to go, and again the old king called out to stop him. “Wait, wait,” he said. ” Kell paused. His eyes went to the clock. Late, and getting later.
Kell’s blood, when paired with the token, allowed him to move between the worlds. He needn’t specify a place because wherever he was, that’s where he’d be. But to make a door within a world, both sides had to be marked by the same exact symbol. Close wasn’t close enough. Kell had learned that the hard way. The symbol on the wall was still clear from his last visit, the edges only slightly smeared, but it didn’t matter. It had to be redone. He rolled up his sleeve and freed the knife he kept strapped to the inside of his forearm.
Time to go. He reached the brick wall of a shop that faced the water, and stopped in its shadow, pushing up his sleeve. His arm had started to ache from the first two cuts, but he drew out his knife and carved a third, touching his fingers first to the blood and then to the wall. One of the cords around his throat held a red lin, like the one King George had returned to him that afternoon, and he took hold of the coin and pressed it to the blood on the bricks. “Well, then,” he said. ” He often found himself speaking to the magic.
A Darker Shade of Magic: A Novel by V. E. Schwab