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

By: Schwab, Victoria.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Schwab, Victoria. Darker shade of magic: 1.Publisher: London, England : Titan Books, 2015Description: 387 pages ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781783295401; 1783295406; 9780765376459; 0765376458.Subject(s): Magic -- Fiction | Magicians -- Fiction | Space and time -- Fiction | Young adult fiction | London (England) -- FictionDDC classification: 813.6 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.
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<p>Most people only know one London; but what if there were several? Kell is one of the last Travelers - magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel Londons. There's Grey London, dirty and crowded and without magic, home to the mad king George III. There's Red London, where life and magic are revered. Then, White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. But once upon a time, there was Black London...</p>

"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.

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Library Journal Review

Schwab, who writes young adult fiction as Victoria Schwab (The Unbound), transitions to adult fantasy in this first of a projected series about parallel Londons. Once upon a time, four Londons existed, but now there are only three: Red, White, and Grey. Black London's use of malevolent magic destroyed its world, and the other Londons demolished the city's artifacts so that its evil didn't spread. However, a relic rumored to be from Black London and holding beguiling powers inadvertently falls into the hands of Kell, one of the last of the Travelers, magicians with the ability to travel among the parallel universes. He is a member of the Red London royal family, with a weakness for smuggling small objects. Various attempts to keep or regain the found relic spur a showdown between Red and White London and put Kell in the path of Delilah Bard, an opportunistic young thief who wants to leave Grey London. Steven Crossley does a splendid job reading. -Verdict This is an exciting start to a new series with a singular concept that should intrigue fantasy aficionados. ["The three Londons we see (and rumors of the one we do not) will captivate fantasy readers": LJ 12/14 starred review of the Tor hc.]-Deb West, Gannon Univ., Erie, PA © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.