By V. E. Schwab
STEP right into a UNIVERSE OF bold event, exciting energy, AND a number of LONDONS.
Kell is without doubt one of the final Travelers-magicians with an extraordinary, coveted skill to shuttle 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. purple London, the place existence 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 manage 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 visitor, ambassador of the Maresh empire, sporting the per 30 days correspondences among the royals of every London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing humans keen to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a global they will by no means see. it is a defiant pastime with harmful effects, 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 eventually forces Kell to spirit her to a different global for a formal adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at each flip. to save lots of all the worlds, they will first have to remain alive.
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Some said tulips. Others stargazers. Chrysanthemums. Peonies. To the king of England, it was always roses. Kell was glad to know it was a pleasant scent, even if he couldn’t smell it. He could smell Grey London (smoke) and White London (blood), but to him, Red London simply smelled like home. “Open it for me,” instructed the king. ” Kell did as he was told, and withdrew the contents. For once, he was grateful the king could no longer see, so he could not know how brief the letter was. Three short lines.
I can’t get enough of myself,” Kell would answer, even though he was never looking at himself—not all of himself anyway—only his eye. His right one. Even in Red London, where magic flourished, the eye set him apart. Marked him always as other. A tinkling laugh sounded off to Kell’s right, followed by a grunt, and a few other, less distinct noises, and the tension went out of his hand, the stream surging back into motion beneath him. He continued on until the park gave way to the streets of London, and then the looming form of Westminster.
Vendors in colored tents sold wares by the light of river and lantern and moon, some food and others trinkets, the magic and mundane alike, to locals and to pilgrims. A young woman held a bushel of starflowers for visitors to set on the palace steps. An old man displayed dozens of necklaces on a raised arm, each adorned with a burnished pebble, tokens said to amplify control over an element. The subtle scent of flowers was lost beneath the aroma of cooking meat and freshly cut fruit, heavy spices and mulled wine.