By V. E. Schwab
STEP right into a UNIVERSE OF bold event, exciting strength, AND a number of LONDONS.
Kell is likely one of the final Travelers-magicians with an extraordinary, coveted skill to commute among parallel universes, attached via one magical city.
There's gray London, soiled and dull, with none magic, and with one mad king-George III. crimson 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 regulate 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 pink vacationer, ambassador of the Maresh empire, sporting the per month 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 will 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 perilous enemy, and at last 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 avoid wasting all the worlds, they're going to first have to remain alive.
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And there was a time when they would have been right. A time when the doors stood open at the sources, and power flowed between the worlds, and anyone with a bit of magic in their veins and a token from another world could not only tap into that power, but could also move with it, step from one London to another. But that time was gone. The doors were gone. Destroyed centuries ago, after Black London fell and took the rest of its world with it, leaving nothing but stories in its wake. Now only the Antari possessed enough power to make new doors, and even then only they could pass through them.
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.
Kell raised a brow. ” Edward Archibald—Ned—twisted in his seat, and leaned in conspiratorially. ” Kell tipped his glass toward the door. ” The young man managed a low, uncomfortable laugh. Kell finished his drink. A bit of earth. It seemed like a small request. It wasn’t. Most Enthusiasts knew that their own world held little power, but many believed that possessing a piece of another world would allow them to tap into its magic. And there was a time when they would have been right. A time when the doors stood open at the sources, and power flowed between the worlds, and anyone with a bit of magic in their veins and a token from another world could not only tap into that power, but could also move with it, step from one London to another.