Welcome to the Darker Shades of Magic Tour! In less than a month the third and final book of VE Schwabs’s great series will be published: A Conjuring of Light.
Since finishing the second book – A Gathering of Shadows – nearly one year ago and being left with a MEAN CLIFFHANGER I have been EAGERLY waiting for the grand finale … Now, so close to “the end” let us relish the adorable characters that VE Schwab created for her series.
Today, I would like to introduce you to 2 main characters, two young gentlemen, two brothers by heart – but not by blood..
Kell the Antari
Kell was adopted as a young boy by the royal family of Arnes and is marked as an Antari, a blood magician through his eyes. His left EYE is of a crisp blue color while his right one is solid BLACK – through and through. There is nothing human about this eye – it clearly states his heritage as an Antari.
As an Antari, Kell has the rare ability to travel between worlds – in his case – between cities. And there are 4 in total: Red London (vibrant, healthy empire), Grey London (magic-less), White London (starving world) and merely whispered about: Black London (corrupted magic)
His ability is being used by the Royals to carry messages between Grey, White and Red London. However, it is highly forbidden to carry other objects than those letters between the worlds – in fear of importing darker magic by accident. Transference is considered as treason! Unfortunately this does not keep Kell from SMUGGLING little token between the different cities. It’s like a special spleen, an addiction, that he cannot let go off, no matter how often his brother Rhy is begging him to do so. He has even rented a tiny room at a scrawny Inn in Grey London, where he collects all his trinkets.
The other peculiarity about Kell is his COAT which has neither one side, not even two or three .. but SEVERAL or let’s put it that way: as many as necessary and whenever needed!
Though Kell seems to have everything, the fact that his origin, where he came from and who his real parents are, remains a mystery is demoralising for him … and possibly one of the reasons why he disregards the law of smuggling token … which leads to the DISASTROUS path that we are walking together with him in the Shades of Magic series!
Prince Rhy of Arnes, heir to the throne of Red London, is celebrating his 20th birthday at the beginning of “A Darker Shade of Magic”. Handsome and CHARISMATIC as he is, he clearly likes to play the role of a bon vivant. Going out for a drink? Charming a beautiful young lady? You can count on Rhy! More often than not he is dragging Kell along with him, drowning his self-consciousness in ale and wine. But behind his charming and FLIRTATIOUS gestures you will find a sharp mind and a good heart. His deepest desire is to make those surrounding him happy, to please everyone’s wishes and to one day be the just and regal king that his people deserve.
The fact that he has hardly any gift for magic wears on him, which is one of the reasons why he is looking up to Kell. Rhy considers Kell as a brother, as his dearest friend.
“There is nothing I would not give you.” Kell’s chest ached. “I know.” (p. 50)
Though Rhy and his parents treat Kell like family, he doesn’t always feel the same way, as he has no roots and doesn’t know where he actually came from!
“I’m not truly a Maresh, for all that the king and queen have offered me that name. I feel more like a possession than a prince.” (p. 49)
Nonetheless, the bond between Rhy and Kell is strong, destined to survive whatever fate there is to come. They might not be brothers by birth but in their hearts, in their minds, they are one with the others best interest always on their minds.
I think with Kell and Rhy VE Schwab has created a brotherly pair that is congenial, authentic, genuine and absolutely adorable. They are indeed “Two of a kind”.
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