Kell is one of the last Antari, a rare magician who can travel between parallel worlds: hopping from Grey London — dirty, boring, lacking magic, and ruled by mad King George — to Red London — where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire — to White London — ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne, where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back — and back, but never Black London, because traveling to Black London is forbidden and no one speaks of it now.
Officially, Kell is the personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see, and it is this dangerous hobby that sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to take her with him for her proper adventure.
But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save both his London and the others, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — a feat trickier than they hoped. Goodreads.
About the Book:
Author: V.E. Schwab
Book length: 400 pages
Published: February 25th 2015
Series: Shades of Magic #1
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Magic, Fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5 quills
Starting reading: July 29
Finished reading: August 1
“The owner of the Stone’s Throw was built like a brick wall – if a brick wall decided to grow a beard – tall and wide and impressively steady.”
What did I think of the book?
I liked this book. I read it in record time I must say. I think i finished it in about 5 hours total. It was spread over 3,5 days but Friday I read 14% of the book in like 45 minutes, Saturday I was busy watching The Legend of Tarzan ^^ and fell asleep after 15 minutes of reading. On Sunday I read most of the book and fell asleep with only two or so chapters left, which I read this afternoon after the weekly cleaning of the house. [written on August 1]
The plot was really amazing, I loved how the story turned out and can’t wait – but I have to =[ – to start the second novel. I loved how the tension build up was done. It was exceptionally good. At first I was like, “Okay what’s this book about?”, but during the read I got more into the story and found the tension build up.
I must say the character growth is amazing. I hope to see some more of Rhy in the second book. I love Lila her character, her stubbornness and her wits. Kell is a story himself. I love his dedication and his self-sacrifice. I think his special and forbidden hobby is fun and makes him more human than they see him. These characters grew on me.
Holland and the Dane Twins I despise. The Dane Twins won’t need any explanation if you’ve read the book. They’re evil bitches. So I’ve said it hahahaha… Holland is Antari like Kell. Only the two of them left. But where Kell is east, Holland is west. I think the story of Holland isn’t finished, I hope it isn’t…. I hope the second book will be even more exciting. I’ve rolled into the world of the four London’s.. I’m not ready to leave yet.
And I love London!!!
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