Summary From Goodreads:
Kell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city.
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 place 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 Kell is now seeing firsthand.
Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.
Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.
My Review: 🔴⚪⚫
4.8/5 ANTARI STARS!!!!!!!
I am in awe fellow readers.
I am SHOOK! I am mad at myself. I am dumb-founded and most of all my heart is dang happy I finally decided to get into this series and hop along the Schwablin train.
ADSOM is a book that I fell inlove with from the very first chapter, which seldom happens to me, it usually takes me longer. It DEFINATELY lived up to the hype and it was everything I had hope for and way, way more.
There was simply no way I could put this book down but I was so busy I had to read it in 2 days instead of one.
IT IS EVERYTHING YOU DANG NEED IN A FANTASY BOOK.
This was my first Schwab book and oh, dear friends, most definitely not my last. Thank goodness for my brain that told me to buy A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of light before starting ADSOM.
– WORLDBUILDING: Holy Fudge Balls can Schwab write an intense, intricate and carefully crafted magical world that sucked me write in to a point where I wanted to live in Red London and possibly rule next to Rhy… Shhh.. don’t tell him I said that. The four Londons still continue to facinate me and I think we dig deeper into them in books 2 and 3.
– KELL AND RHY: Uhrrrmm YES PLEASE! At first I was worried about not having an emotional attachment to Kell and Rhy and Lila but NOW THEY ARE MY SMOL CINNAMON ROLLS SO DON’T EVEN TOUCH THEM!!!!! I adore Kell and Rhy’s bromance. It’s so heartwarming and beautiful *sobs*. Also Kell fighting internal darkness and possibly losing to it!!! ugh.
– Lila: Oh Lila, sweet dear, mannerless Lila. How I adore you! Also HELLO QUEEN OF DEVELOPMENT/ CARING FOR KELL AND <b>FEELINGS</b> . When she starts to care about other characters other than herself… just… murder my heart why dont you! I can’t wait to see more of her in the following books. Because thats the thing with Schwablin characters, they feel so real and they have so many layers that have you just peeling and peeling and peeling for more!
– The Dane Twins: I seriously love, love, love Astrid and Athos. Like SERIOUSLY. They were such amazing villians and bless my heart for finding fanart with them and holland together because I have emotions, DUH. I hate what they did to Holland but I still can’t help but think about how awesome they were! I kinda pictures them as those Team Rocket siblings from Pokemon. It’s weird but GAAAH!!!
Needless to say, and I say again, never have I ever feel inlove so hard with a book as I have with this one. ADSOM has become an easy favourite book of mine and possibly series. I will not, ever, stop recommending this series to anyone!! Do yourself a favour, don’t be an idiot like me and jump on the train as late as can be and PICK UP THIS INCREDIBLE BOOK!!!
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