Guess which London I'm in? Yup.
It's Grey London.
I had a chance to ask Victoria a question, which was: What's the weirdest thing you have done while trying to get ideas for your writing?
Victoria answered: As strange as my ideas are, my process is fairly ordinary. The only thing is, my mind is too cluttered when my body is still, so I have this habit of walking. I walk when I need to parse ideas, I walk when I need to sort out plot, I walk when I need to write and can’t get out of my head enough to do so. I’ve thought through stories in half a dozen countries, trodding up soggy hills in the Lake District, wandering through a small church in Prague, one day I clocked 14 miles just wandering NYC. While trying to sort through ADSOM with my beta reader, I paced my front yard in the middle of January for two hours. I would say that very few of my ideas sort themselves when I’m sitting still.
A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC
V. E. Schwab
Step into a universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and multiple Londons.
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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 seeing firsthand.
Kell is now 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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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.
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Thanks to our amazing friends over at Tor, I'm giving away a limited edition signed by the author, double sided poster which features BOTH the US and the UK covers. I'm also giving away a FINISHED COPY of A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC. If you've been checking my Instagram, I posted the prettiness of the finished copy there as well, if you wanna check it out!
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Good luck! My review will be posted this weekend and I hope you'll read it as well!