Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.
Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once 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 royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘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—trickier than they hoped.
“Some thought magic came from the mind, others the soul, or the heart, or the will. But Kell knew it came from the blood. Blood was magic made manifest. There it thrived. And there it poisoned. Kell had seen what happened when power warred with the body, watched it darken in the veins of corrupted men, turning their blood from crimson to black. If red was the color of magic in balance—of harmony between power and humanity—then black was the color of magic without balance, without order, without restraint. As an Antari, Kell was made of both, balance and chaos; the blood in his veins, like the Isle of Red London, ran a shimmering, healthy crimson, while his right eye was the color of spilled ink, a glistening black.”
A Darker Shade of Magic is one of my most anticipated release of 2015. The summary sounds AMAZING. I mean, magic? Alternate Universe London? Princes? Smugglers? Thieves? Sign me up! But unfortunately my local bookstores don’t sell this book, which is why it took me so long to read this.
My only problem with this book is Lila. She thinks and acts like she’s the toughest, the baddest, and the most clever person, but really, she’s just too brave and sometimes her behavior brings trouble for both of them. Well yeah, she took care of Kell, but I think she’s too arrogant.
The final chapters are amazing! I devoured them so fast to find out what happen next, that I have to re-read those final chapters because I feel I hadn’t pay enough attention to the details 😀
My only advice: pay attention to everything happens to everything that happens in this book. Everything is important and it will make sense! And prepare some tissues, because so many deaths are coming! *winks*
I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH! *hyperventilates* I love the writing, the world, Kell, Rhy, Holland, magic, and other characters! If you haven’t read it, you should read it soon! It’s absolutely awesome! Highly recommended!