DROP WHATEVER YOU ARE READING AND READ THIS SERIES IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY
Like, for the love of everything good in the world, this book is perfection. There is no other word for it. It is PURE PERFECTION.
So let me give you a little background.
There are four Londons
01. Grey London (non-magical London)
02. Red London (magical and balanced London)
03. White London (corrupted, magical London)
04. Black London (over-come-by-magic London)
There are two people capable of going between the Londons (Antari): Kell Maresh and Holland. Kell works for the Red-London’s family, including the ever beloved like-a-brother Rhy Maresh and their parents Maxim Maresh and Emira Maresh. Holland works for the cruel brother and sister co-ruling White London Astrid Dane and Athos Dane.
So imagine that the worlds are a book. In order to get to page 04, you have to go through page 01, 02, and 03. So when Kell comes across something that shouldn’t even exist and he has to try and put it back where it came from, he has to go through different worlds to get to the one he needs.
You would think if you aren’t wanted in one, hunted in another, trying to save one, and dreading the other. No to mention the people that have their own agendas trying to use Kell in the process.
Which brings us to our starring lady Delilah Bard, a petty theft who is looking for adventure and comfort. She just wants to be a pirate, just like everyone else in the world (don’t even deny it). And she is so unbelievably witty and smarter than she is given credit for.
When she runs into Kell (quite literally), her life is ever changed from the moment she challenged him. Their adventure that goes down is literally so intense that you don’t even realize it happens in like… a day? Like seriously, they mentioned it towards the end how much time has passed and I was like YOU have to be joking.
Narrator: Steven Crossley
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This guy, right here, will literally take you into the world and make you forget everything else that is going on. The tone of his voice just draws you in and keeps you there. He isn’t afraid of doing different voices for different characters, which is super nice, and his voice is kind of magical in itself so it just fits? I’m just saying.
Bottom line, you get a lot of different types of magic, different worlds, traveling, death, pirates, cross-dressing, princes and princesses, and treachery. It’s literally anything you’d ever want. And the best part is that V.E. Schwab, pseudonym for Victoria Schwab, writes as if she is aiming for adults which is super refreshing from some of the corny young-adult reading I have read lately.
In conclusion… just read this book and then tell me what you think because I want to nerd out about this so badly with anyone and everyone.