The first book in a trilogy, A Darker Shade of Magic introduces you to a world of three parallel Londons. Two of them have magic, while the third--Grey--does not. We follow Kell, a man connected to the royal family in Red London, as he tries to save his adopted brother from a fearsome magical evil. Along the way, Kell meets Lila, a young woman from Grey London with a questionable past. Lila has been thieving from unsuspecting bar guests for most of her life, and dreams of becoming a pirate; she sees in Kell an opportunity to change her fate and escape the mundane life that awaits her in Grey London. The world Schwab has created is sure to entrance, delight--and keep you reading for another two books just to stay up to date with Kell and Lila, among others.
A Darker Shade of Magic, by V.E. Schwab