hey guys! i’m just got back from New York visiting my grandparents. i’m saw Phantom of the Opera this weekend, and it was so good!
i would just like to say that V.E. Schwab is now officially on my favorite authors of all time list. i mean, i was impressed by This Savage Song, but i have to say that i like the Shades of Magic Series just a little better. as you may or may not know, the third book in this series is coming out in TOMORROW. I AM SO NOT READY AHHHH. *anguished screaming* i just don’t want this series to end :((
i thought it would be a good idea to review the first in this series and explain my deep love for it. like, this definitely makes my favorite books of all time list. there’s no question about it. i just read the second in this series (A Gathering of Shadows), and it was so. darn. good. i don’t know if i’ll be reviewing it on this blog though because there would probably be some major spoilers from the first book… anyway, i’m just going to get into this review…
Kell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city. There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now. Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.