My dearest nocturnal readers!
Today, I present to you Red London, a rich and marvelous city where magic still exists in all its glory.
A place of strength and beauty, laughter and music and the steady hum of magic.
Power in balance, and balance in power.
The palace arcs over the glittering Isle, the river like a ribbon of red light beneath.
The regal House of Maresh sits on the throne.
And a magician stands behind it.
Released: February 24th 2015
Length: 400 pgs
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 please 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 cutpurse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.
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I've asked Victoria one question, and here's what she shared with us:
The Nocturnal Library: I find that blanket forts are the absolute best places for reading when I'm feeling down. Do you have a favorite place and comfort reads for such days?
V. E. Schwab: Yes. I pile all of my pillows and blankets onto my bed, and make a nest. And then I burrow down into it with a book, sometimes until I can’t actually see the world outside, and just let myself disappear into a story. So I’d say that’s a kind of blanket fort, too. As far as what I read, I'm notorious for not re-reading books, so I don't have a battered copy of something somewhere to drag out for a down day. In truth, I'm usually happier reading something new. That said, in the last year or so I'm fallen in love with the characters in one or two series--Lies of Locke Lamora and The Way of Kings--and I'd probably be just as happy re-reading either as picking up something untested from my shelf. But in the end, the act of disappearing matters as much as what I disappear into.
V. E. SCHWAB's first adult novel, Vicious, debuted to critical praise and reader accolades. Schwab is the author of YA novels The Near Witch, The Archived, and The Unbound, and the Everyday Angel series for middle grade readers. veschwab.wordpress.com. @VESchwab. Facebook. Goodreads.
And here's a quote that sums up my feelings about the book perfectly:
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