By V. E. Schwab
STEP right into a UNIVERSE OF bold experience, exciting strength, AND a number of LONDONS.
Kell is likely one of the final Travelers-magicians with an extraordinary, coveted skill to go back and forth among parallel universes, attached by way of 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 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 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 pink vacationer, ambassador of the Maresh empire, wearing the per month correspondences among the royals of every London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing humans keen to pay for even the smallest glimpses of an international they are going to by no means see. it is a defiant pastime with harmful outcomes, 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 international for a formal adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at each flip. to avoid wasting the entire worlds, they're going to first have to remain alive.
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In the third, in place of air, sat a thimble of loose sand. In the fourth, a drop of oil, highly flammable. And in the fifth, final groove, a bit of bone. Back in Kell’s world, the box and its contents served not only as a toy, but as a test, a way for children to discover which elements they were drawn to, and which were drawn to them. Most quickly outgrew the game, moving on to either spellwork or larger, more complicated versions as they honed their skills. Because of both its prevalence and its limitations, the element set could be found in almost every household in Red London, and most likely in the villages beyond, (though Kell could not be certain).
He called out without turning. “Robbers? ” “I don’t believe ghosts would answer, Your Majesty,” said Kell, announcing himself. The ailing king broke into a rotting grin. “Master Kell,” he said. ” “No more than a month,” he said, stepping forward. King George squinted his blind eyes. ” “Maybe not for you,” said the king. ” Kell smiled. The king was in good form today. It wasn’t always so. He was never sure what state he’d find his majesty in. Perhaps it had seemed like more than a month because the last time Kell visited, the king had been in one of his moods, and Kell had barely been able to calm his fraying nerves long enough to deliver his message.
He had done this dance a hundred times. Out of the corner of his blue eye he watched the man’s lips choreograph his next move. If he’d been a Collector, Kell might have cut him some slack, but men who waded into waters claiming they could swim should not need a raft. “That you bring things,” said the Enthusiast, eyes darting around the tavern. ” Kell took a sip of his drink, and the Enthusiast took his silence for assent. “I suppose I should introduce myself,” the man went on. “Edward Archibald Tuttle, the third.