A darker shade of magic / V. E. Schwab.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: "From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic. Kell is one of the last Travelers--magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes--as such, he can choose where he lands. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there's Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne--a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, 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 the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they'll never see--a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a 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--and that is proving trickier than they hoped. "-- Provided by publisher.
    • Notes:
      "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
    • ISBN:
      9780765376459 (hbk.)
      0765376458 (hbk.)
    • Accession Number:
      2015004143
    • Accession Number:
      ocn902986970
      902986970
    • Accession Number:
      fay.445239

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2015 February #1

Meet Kell, a young man with an extraordinary gift: unlike almost everyone else, he can travel from one version of London to another, moving between parallel worlds the way ordinary people walk from one room to another. His job: carrying correspondence between the rulers of Red London (a city rich in magic), White London (where the relentless fight to control magic is destroying the city), and Grey London (where magic no longer exists—the London of our own past). Kell also has a secret sideline: he smuggles artifacts from one London to another, getting top prices from collectors. When he gets caught up in a bad deal in Grey London, he goes on the run, at his side a clever thief named Delilah, who helps Kell elude his pursuers, desperately trying to find a way not only to save Kell's life, but also to protect the parallel worlds themselves. An ingeniously clever tale. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2014 December #1

The doors connecting the worlds have been closed for years, with only rare magic users such as Kell able to travel between. A member of the royal household of Red London, Kell journeys to other Londons (including Grey London, our nonmagical world from the age of mad King George III) with correspondence for the monarchs of the realms, forbidden from taking anything else between the worlds. Then he inadvertently comes into possession of an artifact from interdicted Black London, quarantined since its magic grew out of control. A young thief named Lila from Grey London helps him when a fellow magician from White London turns on Kell, seeking a path to power. VERDICT The three Londons we see (and rumors of the one we do not) will captivate fantasy readers. They are pleasantly grounded by the grimy Georgian version that is Lila's home. While scrappy, pragmatic wannabe pirate Lila is a big draw, Kell and White London magician Holland round out a great cast. There is much more to explore in this amazing world from the acclaimed author of Vicious.

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LJ Reviews 2015 May #2

Kell, a rare Traveler, serves as messenger and de facto prince of Red London, carrying correspondence between three parallel Londons and, in his own time, smuggling tourists between cities. When this side business casts Kell out of favor, he must work with Delilah Bard, an ambitious cutpurse from magicless Grey London to save all of the worlds. VERDICT With more depth and substance than a gimmicky concept, this inventive adventure and its colorful eccentric characters provide the perfect summer escape. (LJ 12/15/14)

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LJ Reviews Newsletter

Kell, a rare Traveler, serves as messenger and de facto prince of Red London, carrying corre-spondence between three parallel Londons and, in his own time, smuggling tourists between cities. When this side business casts Kell out of favor, he must work with Delilah Bard, an ambitious cutpurse from magicless Grey London to save all of the worlds. VERDICT With more depth and substance than a gimmicky concept, this inventive adventure and its colorful eccentric characters provide the perfect summer escape. (LJ 12/15/14) (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

LJ Reviews 2017 June #1

Schwab begins a tale of four vastly different yet parallel Londons, separated by magic. The Travellers are the only people able to journey among the Londons, but when a clever thief meets one of these voyagers, they team up to fight a threat that may destroy all four worlds. VERDICT This series launch is filled with wonder, action, and marvelous characters. The final book, A Conjuring of Light, came out in February. New readers can devour the entire trilogy this summer. (LJ 12/14)

Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2015 January #1

Schwab (Vicious) creates an ingenious set of nesting alternate Londons in this imaginative, well-crafted fantasy. There's Grey London, set in our mundane world's Regency era; Red London, where magic flourishes along with the populace; and White London, where a desperate struggle to control magic has bled the city and its people. No one speaks of Black London, consumed by magic and presumed destroyed. Kell, adopted brother of Red London's prince and one of the few Antari, who can travel between worlds, is a royal emissary and collector of forbidden artifacts from other Londons. When Kell is tricked into taking a dangerous artifact of Black London into Red, he falls in with the cross-dressing Grey thief Lila Bard, a cutpurse with a quick tongue and her own sense of honor. Confident prose and marvelous touches—a chameleon coat, a scarlet river of magic, a piratical antiheroine—bring exuberant life to an exhilarating adventure among the worlds. Agent: Holly Root, Waxman Leavell Literary. (Feb.)

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