By V. E. Schwab
From V.E. Schwab, the significantly acclaimed writer of Vicious, comes a brand new universe of bold experience, exciting strength, and parallel Londons, starting with A Darker coloration of Magic.
Kell is among the final Travelers—magicians with an extraordinary, coveted skill to trip among parallel universes—as such, he can opt for the place he lands.
There's gray London, soiled and uninteresting, with none magic, governed by means of a mad King George. Then there's purple London, the place existence and magic are respected, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, governed by means of whoever has murdered their approach to the throne—a position the place humans struggle to regulate 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 nobody speaks of that now.
Officially, Kell is the purple visitor, own ambassador and followed Prince of pink London, sporting the per thirty days correspondences among the royals of every London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing humans prepared to pay for even the smallest glimpses of an international they'll by no means see—a risky pastime, and one who has set him up for unintended treason. Fleeing into gray London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, after which forces him to spirit her to a different global for a formal adventure.
But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at each flip. to save lots of the entire worlds, Kell and Lila will first have to remain alive—and that's proving trickier than they was hoping.
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Additional info for A Darker Shade of Magic (Darker Shade of Magic, Book 1)
It is Beren the outlawed mortal who succeeds (with the help of Lúthien, a mere maiden even if an elf of royalty) where all the armies and warriors have failed: he penetrates the stronghold of the Enemy and wrests one of the Silmarilli from the Iron Crown. Thus he wins the hand of Lúthien and the first marriage of mortal and immortal is achieved. As such the story is (I think a beautiful and powerful) heroic-fairy-romance, receivable in itself with only a very general vague knowledge of the background.
But Sauron dominates all the multiplying hordes of Men that have had no contact with the Elves and so indirectly with the true and unfallen Valar and gods. He rules a growing empire from the great dark tower of Barad-dûr in Mordor, near to the Mountain of Fire, wielding the One Ring. But to achieve this he had been obliged to let a great part of his own inherent power (a frequent and very significant motive in myth and fairy-story) pass into the One Ring. While he wore it, his power on earth was actually enhanced.
Yet some things there are that they cannot see, neither alone nor taking counsel together; for to none but himself has Ilúvatar revealed all that he has in store, and in every age there come forth things that are new and have no foretelling, for they do not proceed from the past. And so it was that as this vision of the World was played before them, the Ainur saw that it contained things which they had not thought. And they saw with amazement the coming of the Children of Ilúvatar, and the habitation that was prepared for them; and they perceived that they themselves in the labour of their music had been busy with the preparation of this dwelling, and yet knew not that it had any purpose beyond its own beauty.
A Darker Shade of Magic (Darker Shade of Magic, Book 1) by V. E. Schwab