A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic Series, #1)
Author: V.E. Schwab
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Publication Date: February 24, 2015
Synopsis: 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.
OUR THOUGHTS: After LOVING Vicious by V.E. Schwab, we couldn't contain our excitement and giddyness upon hearing that she would be publishing a new book in 2015!! A book filled with rare magic, murder, danger, and treachery, we are SO there!! A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC sounds like it'll be just as a fantastic a read as Vicious was! We already wonder what the hecks happened to Black London and if maybe Kell or Delilah are somehow connected to Black London and if Black London will return?? We also REALLY love the fact that Delilah robs Prince Kell AND saves him from an enemy. We're always happy to stalk a strong female lead ;) Definitely looking forward to discovering what cray cray antics they get involved in. SO. CANNOT. WAIT. TO. READ!!