A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Genre: Fiction, fantasy, magic, parallel dimensions, how do I get a coat of many colors?
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary: Kell is a blood magician and ambassador with the power to travel between Londons. There’s the magic-less Grey London, the flourishing Red London, war torn White London and the long lost Black London. The doors between the Londons were sealed off centuries ago to protect the worlds from a magic plague, but Kell may be forced to return to forbidden Black London when he gets pulled into a nefarious plot (are there any other kinds?) involving a dangerous artifact from the lost city. With the help of a cross-dressing ally and thief named Lila, Kell must travel through the Londons to return the artifact, or risk destroying all the worlds.
Victoria Schwab (also known as V.E. Schwab when she’s not writing young adult or middle grade books) has done it again with A Darker Shade of Magic, her novel about multiple Londons, magic, dimension hopping magicians with multiple-sided coats and cross-dressing wannabe pirates.
Protagonist Kell is a blood magician and one of only two people in the universes who can now travel between doors, acting as an ambassador between the three Londons: Red, Grey and White. There was once a fourth London, known as Black London, but more on that later.
Kell serves Red London, and for traveling throughout these parallel dimensions, he is armed with a coat of many sides to blend in or stand out from the crowds of the various Londons depending on his needs.