Today, I have V. E. Schwab here to talk about A Darker Shade of Magic. I am hugely excited to read this one because as you may have picked up, I have a huge love for London. And fantasy. And this looks to be an epic mix of the two.
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.
A Darker Shade of Magic will be released 27 February 2015 by Titan Books.
V. E. Schwab has also been published as Victoria Schwab, and she has written many things. You can find Victoria at her website, on twitter, facebook, and blog.
5 Things You Don’t Know About A Darker Shade of Magic:
1. Kell has no last name. He actually has no first name, either. Nor does he have any memories before the age of 5, when he was brought to the palace. The only thing he has is a knife with the letters KL carved into the hilt. KL became KAY-EL became KELL.
2. Kell can not only move between worlds, but he can also make doors between two locations within the SAME world, if he’s already marked the two points with the same symbol.
3. Delilah Bard is a firm believer that you can never have too many knives.
4. It’s Red London’s fault that White London is wasting away magically. After the magical plague destroyed Black London, Red London closed the doors between the worlds, sealing White London between themselves and Black.
5. Just like our world, Grey London is not, in fact, entirely without magic ;)