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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.
©2015 Victoria Schwab (P)2015 Tantor
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"There is much more to explore in this amazing world from the acclaimed author of Vicious." (Library Journal)
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By Gypsycat on 08-31-15

social commentary magical high fantasy

I very much enjoyed this book, and not just because I got it free via the Ford Audiobook Club. It's very well written and well-paced, and was an interesting take on the old high fantasy trope. I loved the alternate dimension Londons and how they reflected different emphasis on aspects of humans and their interaction with magic. Kell's story and Lila's were both compelling and richly resonant with the themes of the books: entitlement, responsibility, the search for identity, self-reliance, social commentary, etc. I loved their banter and thought they worked very well as foils for each other. I appreciated that the romance is kept to a minimum, more a loyalty than a swooning uncertainty.

The "feel" of this book in pseudo-high fantasy historical setting, atmosphere , and writing style reminded me of Michael Sullivan's Riyria series, but Schwab put her own stamp on them. Very enjoyable.

The narration by Stephen Crossley was well done, particularly for Kell. I'd have liked a second narrator for Lila, but Crossley did fine for a single person narration.

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By Friday on 06-23-15

Not another lame female character

I thoroughly enjoyed the character of Lilah. She was driven by real world needs and not by some stupid infatuation. She is a badass in her own right and can take care of herself in most situations. I liked how the male lead and female lead worked together without wading through layers of sexual tension. A very enjoyable listen.

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