Tuesday, February 23, 2016
A Darker Shade of Magic
Tor books, 2015
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Older Teens, Adults
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.
I just finished this book and it was amazing! It took a bit for me to get into the story, but when I did, I couldn’t put it down. When Lila’s character showed up, I became completely absorbed. Had she not been in this book, I might have quit reading it. One of my favorite parts of the story was Kell’s coat, and how it magically could turn inside out, and each time it would be a different coat. Additionally, the descriptions for each of the worlds were perfect. I felt like I was there with the characters. Overall, I think this is a great adult book for teen readers, and I cannot wait for book two to come out!