I’ve teamed up with some lovely ladies to celebrate the upcoming release of A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab with the Shades of Magic Blog Tour and Readalong! Participating blogs are listed below and follow us on Twitter #ShadesofMagicTour.
Today, I will be talking a little about Kell and how I see him.
Kell by Narcoleptic Banana (I love this different illustration of Kell!)
Kell the Outsider
I think that a key theme in the Shades of Magic books is that Kell’s character building revolves around him being an outsider in multiple ways. What I mean by that is Kell is an Antari, one of only two left and, you have to admit, you’d feel fairly lonely in a world where no one else is like you. Holland the other Antari, isn’t part of Red London so he only periodically sees him. I can’t imagine being Kell who, because of being an Antari, is constantly stared at, worshipped, hated, trusted, mistrusted and everywhere in between by the people of Red London. Being “unique” could make a person feel like an outsider and not part of the norm.
I think overall Kell doesn’t seem to care too much about being one of the only Antari around but as the books go on, I think he’s admitting more and more to himself the reality of his situation.
On the Fringe of the Family
Kell is the adopted son of the King and Queen of Red London and this creates a difficult dynamic for him. Kell’s main task is to travel back and forth delivering letters to the royalty of each London. He brings letters from his father to the King of Grey London and White London. Even though Kell and Rhy have a very close friendship, Kell’s never “truly part of the family.” He’s given the title of Prince but it’s been made clear he’s not on the same level as Rhy…at all. This is especially true in book two, A Gathering of Shadows.
Rhy and Kell from A Darker Shade of Magic by victoria-ying
When Kell Met Lila
Something magical happened for Kell once meeting Lila…I think he felt less alone. Here came a very strong willed, charismatic girl who was bigger than life who stumbled into Kell’s life at top speed. Something about Lila feels familiar and kindred even though she’s VERY different from him. Now, I have a guess on WHY that is, but I can’t wait to find out in A Conjuring of Light to see if my suspicions are correct. For Kell, meeting Lila was the start of living more freely because Rhy has always played it safe. Lila brings out this new adventuresome spirit that develops throughout the series and I can’t wait for MORE in book 3!
Kellxlila by victoria-ying
If you’d like an awesome post with more descriptions of Kell & Rhy, check out Kati from Zeit Zu Lesen Blog HERE! It’s a fantastic post and also focuses on Kell and Rhy’s brotherhood.
Check out all the blogs participating in the #ShadesofMagicTour:
- Kati from Zeit Zu Lesen
- Ivy from Effi reads
- Kim from Dreaming in Libraries
- Shanna Hughes from ShannaHughes.com
- Anna from Ink of Books
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