Continuing with our time traveling theme of the month, we’d like to introduce you to some of our favorite books that feature parallel universes and different dimensions…
A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwab
Schwab’s Shades of Magic introduces us to Kell who is one of the last people alive who has the ability to travel between parallel universes. In this case it’s Red London, Gray London, and Black London. Things get crazy when he starts bringing things and people back and forth.
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.
The Magicians, Lev Grossman
At first I thought the magical land of Fillory was a bit cheesy but the craziness of it has grown on me. Plus, the TV rendition of the book is out now and it’s helping me see it in a different light. Much cooler than I imagined when I read the first book.
Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn’t real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey.
Nil, Lynne Matson
I flew through this book and wanted to find out more. The story is pretty simple but that made for a quick read and I enjoyed it.
On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days–to escape, or you die. Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field.
Have you chosen your book for this months Time Travel Monthly Motif theme?