Book Review: A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic) by V.E. Schwab

Posted March 22, 2017 by @Angelized_1st in Books, Entertainment / 2 Comments

Book Review: A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic) by V.E. SchwabA Conjuring of Light Series: Shades of Magic #3
Published by Macmillan on February 21st 2017
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Historical
Pages: 402
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Buy on: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooks

Londons fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes struggle. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees the newly minted New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab reach a thrilling conclusion concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old foes.

Witness the fate of beloved heroes - and enemies.

The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

Kell - once assumed to be the last surviving Antari - begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

Lila Bard, once a commonplace - but never common - thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

“Life isn’t made of choices, it’s made of trades. Some are good, some are bad, but they all have a cost.”

After completing A Gathering of Shadows, I couldn’t resist picking up the final book in the trilogy, A Conjuring of Light. The book was very fast paced and had non-stop action. I enjoyed seeing the events from more eyes (Luc, Why, Lila, Holland, and Kell), as it made the characters that much easier to understand. A Conjuring of Light had loads of snarky banter, a little romance, and suspense, and ended in such a way that left me satisfied.

The book had several acts in it. There was the initial act of Kell and Rhy’s fate following the cliffhanger of the second novel. The return of an enemy that appears to be indestructible occurs in the second act. Of course, the final act is all about resolving the series, and each character’s individual loose threads. Each part of the novel was hard to put down, and I loved every second of it. What I loved the most was how the story resolved itself, and the various romances within it. Everything occurred in such a way that felt earned, and while I was happy with how the series ended, what made me the happiest was that there were great things that happened, and sad things that happened, which made the story feel all the more realistic, and the wins earned.

“Magic made everything feel so impermanent, it was easy to forget that some things, once changed, could never be undone. That not everything was either changeable or infinite. Some roads kept going, and others had an end.”

One aspect of this series I really enjoyed was how magic affected everyone in this world. Like the previous novels, our characters hop from one London to another, and it was easy to see how each London was affected by magic. Grey London was affected as its inhabitants didn’t have magic, but longed for it. You could easily see how the idea of magic could corrupt the people of this world if they obtained it, and it left me wondering if it could become another White London. White London was a great example of how magic corrupts, and I loved how Lila noted how easy magic was for the Red Londoners. These people had things so easy, because they used magic, even when they could do something without it. However, most used it to better their society, and not their own gain. Seeing more differences in these three Londons made the world of the Shades of Magic series come alive for me, and I found it as interesting as every other aspect of the story.

“One day you will be old and wrinkled, and I will still love you.”

As I’ve stated, I loved the romances in this series. Kell and Lila compliment each other nicely, and I couldn’t get enough of their scenes together. Even when they were arguing, they seemed perfect for one another. I enjoy them so much, that I hope we get a spin-off story about their seafaring adventures. While Kell and Lila were great to read, Luc and Why stole the show for me. These two have history, and I couldn’t stop wishing for them to find their way back to one another. It was obvious there was a lot of deep love there between them, and I can see them being really great for one another.

As for the Big Bad… He was alright. I actually prefer the gang going up against Holland or the Danes than Osaron, who reminded me of an annoying Sauron from Lord of the Rings. I think what bothered me about him was that he didn’t feel very dangerous. Yes, Osaron did a lot of bad things, but the fact he’s incorporeal made him less threatening than the Danes. I think there’s just something scarier about your fellow-man than some paranormal entity. However, though I feel Osaron was a weak point, he didn’t ruin the series or novel for me in any way. In fact, I think this is my favorite novel in the entire series.

About V.E. Schwab

Also publishes under Goodreads Author, Victoria Schwab

Victoria has stated that books published under V.E. Schwab are adult releases and those under Victoria Schwab are YA.

Victoria is the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, she has been known to say “tom-ah-toes,” “like,” and “y’all.”

She also tells stories.

She loves fairy tales, and folklore, and stories that make her wonder if the world is really as it seems.


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