Author: V.E. Schwab
Published by: Tor Books on 24th February 2015
Series: A Darker Shade of Magic #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
My Copy Source: Pinoy Book Tours
Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.
Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once 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 royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby 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 another world for her '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—trickier than they hoped.
Grey London: London without magicWhite London: Magic hungry LondonRed London: vibrant and full of magicBlack London: the fallen London
I love the world built and it made me happy that the fantasy books I've read lately gave me a fantastic and vivid world to step in for a moment. Plus, the characters are easy to love, despite their flaws and imperfection, the dialogue just seems to make you want to fall in love with the characters. We all want that in a book right? To fall in love with one or two of the characters at some point, and somewhere at the beginning, I just fell magically (pun intended) in love with Kell and his aura and somewhere out there, I fell in love with Lila and Kell and I can't wait for their love story to begin! Next book, where are you???
I can't think of anymore to say, I already blabbed too much about the characters and now I am out of words. I can't thank Dianne enough for sending a wrong book to me, because if she got it right, I wouldn't have met Kell and Lila ♡
On to you guys, I expect you to read this and let's discuss if you like it or not. But I'm sure you'll love it! =) Here' the cover of A Gathering of Shadows:
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