Grey for the magic-less city.
Red, for the healthy empire.
White, for the starving world.
Walk in the streets of not just one, but three Londons, that you had never thought could exist.
Take a sip from the drink of a London where magic does not exist. Be curious of the peculiar trinkets of the market in another London where magic permeates the world. Shudder from fear in front of the tyrants of a city where the only rules are the ones of the strongest and most powerful.
And be aware, because magic is alive.
Fascinating, intriguing, creepy, intense.
Blood, anger, slavery, thirst for power.
Loyalty, courage, brotherhood.
I'm still amazed by all the facets of this story. A large, invisible web that links every single character, even they don't realize until the end. One of the two remaining Antari, bound inevitabily to a human girl (and thief).
"What are you really?"
"Tied to your bed."
"And in trouble."
If at the beginning the atmosphere was more "comical" thanks to Kell's irony, the more the book goes on the creepier, tense and tormenting it becomes, making me plunge completely into the book. Unforseenable ambushes, unpredictable dark plots, and a dangerous power that is sublty expanding its influence, controlling people like dolls. It's almost impossible to stop turning the pages one after the other, because there is the need to know how it will end.
Well, maybe the end is the part I enjoyed the least. I felt there was something amiss even though I couldn't understand precisely what. Probably I was expecting something more from my favourite ship, or maybe I was waiting for a final catch that didn't happen, but I am a bit disappointed.
However since the rest of the story is simply amazing, I don't have the right to grumble more than it is necessary.
The characters are really fascinating (in Kell and Rhy's case also physically, to my glee) even though just the main ones are described in detail. I'm referring to the fact that about some others, like Holland, the mysterious, dark, hunted Holland, it is known almost anything despite his great importance for the plot. I hope this little flaw will be solved in the sequel, and I'm quite hopeful since Schwab's writing style allows to get to know at the same time some aspects of the main characters's past while going on with narrating the events, and this is something not every author is able to do.
I loved how the story shows Kell's and Lila psychological development, their inner conflicts, old scars, fears and desires, but I wish the same thing had been done also for some other figures, as it really makes the story even more involving.
To sum up, even considering these specific elements that lower a bit the rating, the most important thing in my opinion is the plot, and the only thing I can say is brilliant....Continua