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.
Now this was an interesting world. There are 4 worlds and people can travel between them...well they could, now only a few can.
All those worlds are different from each other but there is one fixed thing. 4 cities, all named London, all in the same place. Though the country they are in change; smaller, bigger, called other things. But London on the Thames is there and a capital.
The main character, Kell can travel between worlds because of what he is. He has named the worlds too. They all have their faults and their good points. I could not say which London I'd like the best. Maybe red, or ours (even if ours was the boring magicless one).
So yes the world was obviously great. I really liked it and I would love to explore it more, but then more books are coming so yay for that.
I liked Kell too, the girl he meets...eh, I mean yes she was nice to read about just, she was not nice ;)
I just checked on the next book, 2016, that is ages away! Sad panda.
I realised I have said nothing about the actual story..right, so he gets in trouble, he helps a girl, let the adventure begin.
Interesting world, interesting characters, a good adventure. I look forward to more of this world.
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: February 27th 2015 by Titan Books
A Darker Shade of Magic #1