Hello and welcome to White London and the A Darker Shade of Magic Blog Tour! I don’t know about you, but I am super excited for this book. Parallel universes, tricky magic, smuggler-y pirate types? I’m in.
One of my favorite things about Victoria Schwab’s books are the worlds she writes and the heaping truckloads of atmosphere she brings to them. As part of the tour, I got to ask Victoria how she sets about figuring them out and she replied:
For me, setting is a character, and I go about exploring it as such. The way a writer gets to know their protagonist and their villain, that’s how I go about getting to know my worlds. I explore. I wander the twists and turns, and try to discover the secrets.
I can’t tell you how much I love this way of thinking about your wold. I’m very much a character-driven reader so it makes sense to me that settings approached like a character in their own right would be the ones I respond to.
If you take a peek at Victoria’s ADSOM pinterest board, you get a really good sense of the vibe she was going for. White London is the brutal, murderous London (I am quite pleased with our assignment) and, judging from her pins (compiled below), super eerie.
I highly recommend checking out her Pinterest, if for no other reason, her versions of Kell, Rhys and Lila are very attractive. WHAT?
Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.
Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once 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 royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.
But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.
Make sure you check out the other stops on the tour:
February 17 — Vampire Book Club — Red London
February 18 — The Eater of Books — White London
February 19 — Icey Books — Grey London
February 20 — Effortlessly Reading — Red London
February 21 – Cuddlebuggery – White London
February 22 — JessBella Reads — Grey London
February 23 — Istyria Book Blog — Red London
February 24 — Stories and Sweeties — White London
February 25 — Please Feed the Bookworm — Grey London
February 26 — The Nerd Herd Reads — Red London
February 27 — Novel Heartbeat — White London
February 28 — The Flyleaf Review — Grey London
March 1 — Addicted 2 Novels — Red London
March 2 — Books, Bones, and Buffy — White London
March 3 — My Friends are Fiction — Grey London
March 4 — Super Space Chick — Red London
March 5 — The Midnight Garden — White London
March 6 — Amaterasu Reads — Grey London
March 7 — Fiction Freak — Red London
March 8 — The Escapist — White London
March 9 — Addicted Readers — Grey London
March 10 — Bookish Antics — Red London
March 11 — The Social Potato — White London
March 12 — Young Adult Hollywood — White London
March 13 — The Modge Podge Bookshelf — Red London
March 14 — A Dream Within A Dream — White London
March 15 — Fandom Monthly Magazine — Grey London
March 16 — The Nocturnal Library — Red London
March 17 – Reading with ABC – White London
March 18 – Moonlight Gleam Reviews – Grey London
March 19 – Book Munchies – Red London
March 20 – Poisoned Rationality – White London
March 21 – Blood Bookaholic – Grey London
March 22 – Live to Read – Red London
March 23 — There Were Books Involved — White London
March 24 — My Bookish Ways — Only time will tell…
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