By V. E. Schwab
STEP right into a UNIVERSE OF bold event, exciting strength, AND a number of LONDONS.
Kell is likely one of the final Travelers-magicians with a unprecedented, coveted skill to commute among parallel universes, attached 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 was once raised along Rhys Maresh, the rougish inheritor to a flourishing empire. White London-a position the place humans struggle to regulate 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 not anyone speaks of that now.
Officially, Kell is the purple tourist, ambassador of the Maresh empire, wearing the per thirty days correspondences among the royals of every London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing humans keen to pay for even the smallest glimpses of an international they are going to by no means see. it is a defiant pastime with risky 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 international for a formal adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at each flip. to avoid wasting all the worlds, they will first have to remain alive.
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A fairy tale. A warning. Of the city—and the world—that wasn’t, anymore. ” The Prince Regent’s eyes narrowed, but he didn’t interrupt. “Both lack temperance,” said Kell. “Both hunger for power. The only reason your London still exists is because it was cut off. It learned to forget. ” What Kell didn’t say was that Black London had a wealth of magic in its veins, and Grey London hardly any; he wanted to make a point. And by the looks of it, he had. This time, when he held out his hand for the letter, the prince didn’t refuse, or even resist.
Disan was, on the whole, a very pleasant place. Windsor was not. Impressive, to be sure. But not pleasant. A marble counter ran against the wall, and on it a basin of water waited for him, as it always did. He rinsed his bloody hand, as well as the silver crown he’d used for passage, then slipped the cord it hung on over his head, and tucked the coin back beneath his collar. In the hall beyond, he could hear the shuffle of feet, the low murmur of servants and guards. He’d chosen the anteroom specifically to avoid them.
Only the bone was left, hovering in the air between them. Kell considered it, all the while feeling the weight of the Enthusiast’s hungry gaze. ” he demanded. ” Ned shoved up from his stool and turned to go, but Kell wasn’t done with him yet. ” He watched the Enthusiast freeze in his steps. ” Kell didn’t smuggle trinkets between worlds for the money. Money changed. What would he do with shillings in Red London? And pounds? He’d have better luck burning them than trying to buy anything with them in the White alleys.