A Darker Shade of Magic

What does it say about our world that the fantasy genre is so much in the ascendant? Fiction, television and film are full of it. Has technology acted as a booster to the human imagination? Are everyday conditions so mundane that escapes into weird, wonderful and colourful worlds become irresistable? Whatever the answers to these questions Victoria Schwab (https://veschwab.wordpress.com/) has created one such world into which you may plunge. Like Alice through the Looking Glass you may never return to ‘reality’, whatever that is.

Kell is one of the last Travelers – magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes – as such, he can choose where he lands. There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne–a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, 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 the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see–a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a 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, and that is proving trickier than they hoped.

Enquire at your local library or available at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Darker-Shade-Magic-V-Schwab/dp/1783295406/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1426258229&sr=8-1&keywords=darker+shade+of+magic


400 pages in Titan Books paperback edition

First published 27 February 2015

ISBN 978-1783295401


V.E. Schwab

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