Title: A Darker Shade of Magic
Author: V.E. Schwab
Year Published: 2015
Narrator: Steven Crossley
Audiobook Length: 11 hours 34 minutes
Synopsis: 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.
Review: Victoria Schwab is such an excellent writer. She has such fantastic ideas and creates imaginative worlds. In this book, there are multiple worlds connected in unique ways. Only certain types of people can travel between them. Magic is present in different amounts in each world. And one world was completely destroyed by magic.
The worldbuilding in this book is excellent. The imagery is all there. The magic system is wonderfully unique.
I highly recommend this book to fans of fantasy. London is at the core of this novel, but the Londons are so different. I give this book a 5/5.