By V. E. Schwab
STEP right into a UNIVERSE OF bold experience, exciting energy, AND a number of LONDONS.
Kell is likely one of the final Travelers-magicians with a unprecedented, coveted skill to shuttle among parallel universes, attached by way of one magical city.
There's gray London, soiled and uninteresting, with none magic, and with one mad king-George III. purple London, the place lifestyles and magic are revered-and the place Kell used to be raised along Rhys Maresh, the rougish inheritor to a flourishing empire. White London-a position the place humans struggle to manage magic, and the magic fights again, draining 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 crimson traveller, ambassador of the Maresh empire, wearing the per 30 days 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 are going to by no means see. it is a defiant pastime with harmful results, 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 save lots of all the worlds, they're going to first have to remain alive.
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Made of cherrywood, the doors were carved with the royal emblem of Arnes, the chalice and rising sun, the grooves filled with melted gold, and above the emblem, the threads of metallic light traced an R across the polished wood. The doors led to Prince Rhy’s private chambers, and Gen and Parrish, as part of Prince Rhy’s private guard, had been stationed outside of them. Parrish was fond of the prince. He was spoiled, of course, but so was every royal—or so Parrish assumed, having served only the one—but he was also good-natured and exceedingly lenient when it came to his guard (hell, he’d given Parrish the deck of cards himself, beautiful, gilded-edge things) and sometimes, after a night of drinking, would shed his Royal and its pretentions and converse with them in the common tongue (his Arnesian was flawless).
Besides, it was time to go home. He left the Collector at the counter, tinkering with the child’s game—marveling at the way that neither the melted ice nor the sand spilled out of their grooves, no matter how he shook the box—and stepped out into the night. Kell made his way toward the Thames, listening to the sounds of the city around him, the nearby carriages and faraway cries, some in pleasure, some in pain (though they were still nothing compared to the screams that carried through White London).
Doors to different places in Red London. His eyes went to the one in the middle. It was made up of two crossed lines.