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From critically acclaimed author Victoria Schwab comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic.

Full Synopsis
Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes—as such, he can choose where he lands. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there's Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. There's White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. And once upon a time, 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 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—a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cutpurse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

"The story was very action packed and full of magic. I enjoyed listening to the story." ---Ramblings From This Chick

"Narrator Steven Crossley uses pace to good advantage in this swashbuckling tale." ---AudioFile

"There is much more to explore in this amazing world from the acclaimed author of Vicious." ---Library Journal Starred Review

"Confident prose and marvelous touches---a chameleon coat, a scarlet river of magic, a piratical antiheroine---bring exuberant life to an exhilarating adventure among the worlds." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Fantasy fans will love this fast-paced adventure, with its complex magic system, thoughtful hero and bold heroine." ---Kirkus

"An ingeniously clever tale." ---Booklist

"Steven Crossley does a splendid job reading." ---Library Journal Audio Review

"The narration sweeps the listener away,
enhancing Schwab's world and building up each London around the listener." ---Booklist Starred Audio Review
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Barnes & Noble Best Science-Fiction & Fantasy of 2015

A Darker Shade of Magic

Author V. E. Schwab

Narrated by Steven Crossley

Publication date Apr 21, 2015

Running time 12 hrs

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