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The only ones who can travel from world to world are the blood magicians known as Travellers. The existence of other Londons, we learn, is a closely guarded secret that only the rulers know. We follow Kell’s travels from Grey London to his home, the magical Red London, to the sinister world of White London, ruled by a pair of despot siblings who make Vlad the Impaler look like a nice guy. At the same time, we meet a young thief of Grey London named Lila Bard, whose life becomes entwined with Kell’s accidentally as they are both plunged into a plot to reawaken magic and tear down the walls between the worlds.

Just describing the book makes it seem complicated, and it is an intricate world that V. Schwab has created, but it’s not as confusing as it seems. I highly recommend checking it out if you like fantasy. The idea of four separate Londons is fascinating, and like all the best fantasies, this novel makes its system of magic seem absolutely plausible. Me — I hope I never get stuck in White London. Having said that, I would definitely sign up for more adventures with Kell and Lila!

View all 31 comments. Feb 10, Victoria Schwab added it. I wrote this book, so I’m probably biased. Since it’s early, and the full jacket copy isn’t out, here’s a list of things in ADSOM: —Magic —Cross-dressing thieves — Aspiring pirates —Londons plural —Sadistic kings and queens —A royal who is equal parts Prince Harry and Jack Harkness —More magic blood magic, elemental magic, bad magic, etc. View all comments.

May 09, Jesse JesseTheReader rated it it was amazing. I’m so glad I decided to re-read this before carrying on with the trilogy! There were SO many things I had forgotten. Can’t wait to get to book two! Schwab does it again! It amazes me how she continues to get better and better with each book she puts out into the world. I need the sequel ASAP. View all 10 comments. Feb 26, Darth J rated it it was ok Shelves: disappointing , slow. Further, I felt like there was a lot of pandering going on here.

Currently, YA books are trying their darnedest to be inclusive, which I personally think is a great step in modern storytelling. This book took me longer to finish than I would have thought, simply because the writing is so dry and flat. On nearly every page I pendulated from interested to bored and back again like a metronome.

The story itself is captivating in parts, but the actual prose has no life. There’s no heart in it at all, and you don’t care about the characters so when they die it’s no big deal. It sits there listless and says, Our main character is Kell, and he is oh so original. Wait though, he has a completely black eye and does blood magic and there is only one other blood magician in the story so of course they have to face off.

The other half of this stone belongs to the villain! By the end, she has a pirate coat and is seen looking at a bunch of ships deciding which one to steal. Especially, trying to remember the differences between the 4 Londons.

Yes, there are 4. If you just want a mindless popcorn book made up of ideas seen elsewhere and are clueless enough to think that one-note tertiary characters are progressive, then you’ll probably love it. View all 8 comments. May 21, Miranda Reads rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobook. Being an Antari, he travels between worlds. He knows of four worlds and all four of them have one, conveniently overlapping city: London.

Grey London – Magicless, technology driven. Red London – Magic is considered a gift and is practiced with careful determination White London – Magic is cruel, often needs to be stolen and locked into bodies Black London – Magic is hungry and all-consuming, magic apocalypse happened here.

All magic, artifacts and people from Black London is banned from the other worlds. Kell frequently travels in and out of the Londons – passing along correspondence, adventuring and smuggling artifacts that last bit is hugely illegal. After a visit to the cruel king and queen of White London, Kell is given an innocuous black stone and told to bring it to Red London.

A bit buzzed and confused, he travels between worlds only to discover that the stone is actually a part of Black London. By smuggling the stone, Kell committed treason against the crown of Red London his adopted family but more importantly, the black stone contains remnants of that world’s magic – seduction and hunger.

Delilah “Lila” Bard lives in Grey London not that she knows it. It’s the only London without magic and she’s spent her entire life looking for a way out. And then Kell lands on her doorstop. I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still. Kell immediately struggles with the power of the stone.

And he soon realizes that although he may not want it, help will come to him in the form of one very, very stubborn Lila Bard. I really enjoyed the start to this series!

Schwab had such a unique idea – with the four Londons and their varying degrees of magic – and executed it extremely well. I loved all the details she included – it really made the story come alive. As for the characters Lila at times a bit over the top really balanced out the seriousness and coldness of Kell.

The two of them working together had a really natural feel – as evidenced by their free-flowing banter. I was not myself. Audiobook Comments Read by Steven Crossley – and he did a great job. This was a rather well-read audiobook. I do wish he would’ve had more emotion when it came to his characters but then again, Kell is supposed to be a little stand-offish. View all 28 comments. Alone the magic in this was everything and it was so dark and twisted that it was a delight to read about it.

In my opinion this was a really great concept and I lived and breathed for the execution of it. In short, the language did not matter, only the intention did.

The mere idea of four different parallel Londons that exist next to each other was more than just intriguing as well. Alone the villains of this book!!! Ohh and Holland! In the characters section, of course! Tread carefully, my dear friend! A black that ran edge to edge, filling white and iris both. There was nothing human about that eye. It was pure magic. The mark of a blood magician. Of an Antari. They are my kryptonite.

Ask Lucien. He is part of the royal family and might seem to have it all, but when push came to shove his true status among the royals was revealed and my heart ached for him. Despite this he still had his own moral code and acted according to it, even if it meant that he was at a disadvantage when he had to face Holland and the Dane twins.

Poor Kell! I had the feeling in some way or another he was figuratively and quite literally bleeding throughout the entire book. But what she saw, she never shared. Kell took her hand and kissed it.

But I am afraid of dying here. XD I mean I admire her resilience and stubbornness but I think sometimes she was way too sure of herself and that got her into a lot of trouble. Also I could relate to her when it came to her choice of clothes. Lila only shrugged.

Or perhaps it was the way he seemed to be made more of water and stone than flesh and blood and soul. It was so nice to watch him in action.

XD Especially an intriguing background story. I really wish we would have gotten more of it though. I mean we only got the necessary details to keep the story moving but there are so many things I would have loved to read about.

Hell, this has trouble written all over it! If you ask me Kell basically handed him the means to come back even stronger! Dark things swirled just beneath the smooth black depths. One word whispered through her mind. No, thought Kell as they set off. He suffered long enough. I hope that will change in the next one though. Also he seems to be unapologetically bi and I live and breathe for characters like that!!!

Still, judging by the little we saw and heard of him I can already tell that he loves Kell like a brother and would never do anything to harm him.

Also was it just me or did Holland and Rhy actually flirt with each other? Can anyone please tell me how exactly Holland suffered?!!! Apparently the Dane Twins had a reputation of torturing and forcing people to do their will.

What exactly happened before they ascended the White throne?! I really wish we would have gotten more details here, because this really sounded like an interesting story! Either way the Dane twins gave me the creeps. Astrid even more than her brother Athos. Magic and malice indeed. The first time it was even BDSM style! XD They were very different but for some reason they still worked. Plus they are both Antari.

I wonder how their relationship is going to continue. There is a lot of potential that only needs to be explored. And then Lila brought her free hand to his jaw and tugged his mouth towards hers.

The kiss was there and then gone, like one of her smiles. Which is more than can be said about his parents, but Kell already knew that. Is it all yours? This was only just the beginning and what a marvellous one it was! Typical me! Do I even have to say more??!! Just bring it on! I got this! View all 52 comments. I’m not afraid of dying. Should have done this long ago.

Kell is a magician named Antari. He has the ability to travel between Londons. Kell works for Red London royalty. Or should I say- was adopted by the royalties. But, he has always felt as a possession and not as a family member. Well, except for the relat “Death comes for everyone. Well, except for the relationship with Rhy- who he claims to be his brother. The setting, the world that Schwab built, is so brilliant and fascinating.

The different ways of which London lives, how Kell found names to each London, by the way they function. I especially love the story behind Black London- which is sealed because it was consumed by magic. Kell meets Lila, a pickpocket in grey London- strong and spunky- a girl who desires to be a pirate, and longs for adventure.

I loved both Kell and Lila, and I really loved how they worked together as a team. In fact, the reason they met was because Lila stole the dangerous artifact from Kell.

And then- how they found themselves willing to be in a dangerous position just to help each other. Which is amazing, because if you know me, you’ll know that I appreciate love that comes from acquaintance. And who said there would be romance between them? Even if that seems to happen. And that’s the kind of excitement I like- to wait and see what happens between these two.

Kell was likable from the very beginning. Then he realized how strong he really was, and so were we. I also liked Rhy, and I was sad that I didn’t get the chance to really know him as a character. Holland is another Antari, who belongs to the dangerous, magic-lusting White London.

But I was angry with him because he tried to kill Kell, and I fucking love Kell. I do hope Holland will be in the sequels because I want to know more about him. They were strong, smart, sadistic and ruthless. It made me excited about the way they behave, and I was curious how Kell would deal with them.

The beginning was mostly a back story, and it took me a while to get into the vibe of the plot. By the way- Kell has a mysterious coat that has a different look for every place he visits and there are so many- some coats he has never seen, or seen once, and then never again.

How amazing is that? I want this coat. T who arrives in London. This is my sixth month on Goodreads and throughout that period, there are three series that always appeared on my feeds and probably everyone else. E Schwab. Endless arrow pinned me to a wall. I actually liked this book for a while until the underwhelming climax happened. I love V. There is nothing remotely interesting about the plot. These days, there are a lot of stories and themes that have been overdone but somehow managed to deliver immersive and intriguing plot with great casts of characters and their developments.

There are no developments at all for the main characters except Lila. There, I talked about the main characters personality and their development progression throughout this whole book within one sentence. Seriously, out of everything I ever read, Kell is one of the most boring character of all time. The only thing intriguing about him is his coat and it’s always a bad sign when the clothes is more captivating than the person.

Finally, the last problem I have with the book is the underwhelming magic and climax. In the s, prices for genuinely rare near-mint comics rose steadily, doubling in some cases. Improved accountability has increased collector confidence, although some collectors have complained that the market has once again become more about speculation, instead of being focused on the art and stories.

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