“I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.”
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.
Hi peeps. Let me start out by apologizing for the lack of activity on Musings And Books. Aliza has been doing her best by reviewing and updating, but I obviously have completely omitted working on the blog since last month. Since school has started, I’ve been loaded with homework and schedules. I know that’s an everyday excuse, but it’s the truth. I clearly haven’t learned to deal with it as well as Liz has, but I’ll try harder. I’ve been feeling bad that I haven’t read much and I want to change that.
Let’s get on to the review, shall we?
When I first read the summary of this book, I had to pick it up. Cross-dressing theives? Elemental magic? Parallel Londons? Yes, please! I completely dropped everything and downloaded this book, because I needed something good to read at the moment. I’ll admit that when I started this book, I wasn’t feeling it as much as I wanted to, but let me tell you something, guys. This book went 0 to 100. Real quick.
The world-building is absolutely beautiful, intricate, and existant. Everything is perfectly explained in the right parts of the book, not diverting away from the actual story. The different dimenshions are clearly written, and I love how the magic is actually explained. So many stories nowadays explain something happens because “magic” and they actually never define the spells or whatever. Each London has their own tongue and it’s own traditions. It’s quite easy to imagine and differeentiate because the explanations were done so well.
The action scenes were crazy! It’s been such a long time since I’ve read a fighting scene that didn’t bore me, since most of them consist of description in long paragraphs. ADSOM did the same thing, but the scenes were written so well, it never felt like I was reading long paragraphs. The writing is wonderful as well, and I don’t know what it is about British authors, because their writing is so simplistic yet sophisticated at the same time. It’s a talent, really.