A Darker Shade of Magic (Darker Shade of Magic, Book 1) by V. E. Schwab

By V. E. Schwab

From V.E. Schwab, the severely acclaimed writer of Vicious, comes a brand new universe of bold event, exciting energy, and parallel Londons, starting with A Darker coloration of Magic.

Kell is without doubt one of the final Travelers—magicians with a unprecedented, coveted skill to shuttle among parallel universes—as such, he can opt for the place he lands.

There's gray London, soiled and uninteresting, with none magic, governed through a mad King George. Then there's crimson London, the place existence and magic are respected, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, governed by way of whoever has murdered their approach to the throne—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 pink traveller, own ambassador and followed Prince of pink London, sporting 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'll by no means see—a harmful pastime, and one who has set him up for unintended treason. Fleeing into gray London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, first robs him, then saves him from a perilous enemy, after which forces him to spirit her to a different global for a formal adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at each flip. to save lots of all the worlds, Kell and Lila will first have to remain alive—and that's proving trickier than they was hoping.

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Who—what—” Almadis was snapped out of her boredom, of that weariness which overshadowed her days and nights. As the girl came to the gate, there was a sudden change. The Way Wind died, there was an odd kind of silence as if they all waited for something; they did not know what. So complete was that silence that the sound Osono uttered startled them all. ” Almadis turned upon the bard almost fiercely. He shook his head slowly. “Lady, I have seen many things in my time, and have heard of countless more.

So I, too, thought when first I saw them. But no, they are rather very cleverly dried so that they are preserved with all their color, and I think their scent. Surely I smelled roses when she held them out a little. That is an art worth the knowing. We have no gardens here—the rose walk gives but a handful of blooms, and those are quickly gone. To have a bouquet of such ever to hand”—her voice trailed off wistfully and then she added—“yes, such could even fight the grim aging of these walls. ” Meg did set up her stall on the following day.

Now and again his own hand arose to caress a certain dark-holed stone which hung from a dingy string about his throat, and once he muttered under his breath while he fingered that. He was the first to sight Almadis and her companions, and his frown became a sickly kind of smile, though there was no reason to believe the Castellan’s daughter would be interested in his withered roots of vegetables, the last remaining from the winter stores. Indeed she crossed the market as one with a definite mission in mind, heading straight to Meg’s stand.

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