A Darker Shade of Magic (Darker Shade of Magic, Book 1) by V. E. Schwab

By V. E. Schwab

From V.E. Schwab, the seriously acclaimed writer of Vicious, comes a brand new universe of bold event, exciting strength, and parallel Londons, starting with A Darker colour of Magic.

Kell is among the final Travelers—magicians with an extraordinary, coveted skill to go back and forth among parallel universes—as such, he can select the place he lands.
There's gray London, soiled and dull, with none magic, governed by way 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 solution 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...but nobody speaks of that now.Officially, Kell is the pink vacationer, own ambassador and followed Prince of crimson London, wearing 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 harmful pastime, and person 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 perilous enemy, after which forces him to spirit her to a different international for a formal adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at each flip. to avoid wasting 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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See how warm and comfortable she is? When the wintertime is over she sheds her hair, and you may take it to make your own coats. " And the Fireheads muttered and calculated, for that is their way. And when Longtusk's back was turned, they attacked poor Rhino, and robbed her of her fine coat, and even took her magnificent horns. When he found out what had happened, Longtusk berated the Fireheads for their greed and impatience. " And the Fireheads said they were sorry. But in their hearts they were not.

1 The Bone Pit All around Longtusk, sleeping mastodonts lay like immense boulders. In the summer they preferred to sleep on their backs, exposing their bare feet and bellies to the cool air. From time to time one of them, startled by a noise, would rise smoothly and silently to his feet, like some hairy ghost, before settling back. But Longtusk could not sleep—even after the months he had been kept here in the Firehead settlement. He could hear small Firehead footsteps as they pattered across the hard ground, their thin Firehead voices as they came and went on their strange, incomprehensible business.

Longtusk," they said. Lemming was staring at him, his eyes round, as if he understood. Longtusk opened his mouth and took the food. More days passed. Gradually his strength returned. His ropes loosened. They had burned and cut him painfully. Lemming treated the wounds with salves of fat and butter, and with water heated in the hearths. He squeezed droplets of milk from an aurochs cow into Longtusk's eyes, soothing their itching. Five days after he had first accepted the food, more Fireheads came to see him: Bedrock the leader, the Shaman Smokehat with his grotesque headpiece of smoking bone, and the cub, Crocus.

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