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Series: Shades of Magic #3
Published by Tor Books on February 21st 2017
Witness the fate of beloved heroes - and enemies.
THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED...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.
WHO WILL CRUMBLE?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?
WHO WILL RISE?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.
WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.
I have enjoyed the Shades of Magic series to a degree that very few words in any language would be enough to convey it properly. I’ve tried to do a non-spoiler review here, but if you havent read this yet don’t read past the next paragraph.
A Conjuring of Light hits the ground running. The first and last third of this book moves swiftly and intensely, the middle drags on a bit and almost feels like a story inside a story. This was a fantastic end to one arc of a very complicated story. Schwab is an excellent writer and world builder. I never once felt out of place in this series her characters are well rounded (Lila, who I did not like in the first book, is alright) and fully formed. There are so many reasons behind my 4.5 star review, but I true,y love fantasy done right on all levels and Schwab achieved that with the Shades of Magic series.
Now onto a spoiler filled review! I’ve tried to use a little spoiler block that UBB provides but if you haven’t read A Conjuring of Light yet don’t read any further!
View Spoiler »Holland. One of my favorite characters in this series, I loved getting to know ,ore about his backstory. Holland is without a doubt the most developed and multilayered character in this series. A Conjuring of Light felt like Holland’s story versus Kell’s. His depth is really what pushed for a 5-star rating from me.
Villains. I was disappointed with the villain for this book. Osaron is a one dimensional character at best, whose grandiose plan is simple and really quite easily foiled in the end. After the sadistic Astrid and Athos Danes, Osaron would have had to be more in order to really cause some damage. I was also sad that Ojka’s potential was quickly dispelled in the beginning. She was a great character and one I felt could have really been a great addition to the story.
Romance. The relationships were a bit of a bore for me. But that’s not what I was looking for out of this series. I think Lila, Kell, Rhy and Alucard made a great dynamic as a group but I wouldn’t have missed the more romantic scenes had they not been in the book.
Plot. The story here was a bit all over the place but I do think Schwab did a good job of wrapping up the arc of the story. She left plenty to still be told about this world and the other Londons, that I hope in time she’ll come back to. Like I said above this felt more like a series about Holland towards the end and it came full circle for his character.
Death. There was no major threat of a main character dying and that also took some steam out of the villains. Rhy couldn’t die unless Kell did and even then scare in the beginning wasn’t enough to convince me that it could happen. The King and Queens death would have been more profound if we saw more of them in the first two books. Even Alucard’s moment on the boat was quickly dispelled, when the Vesk fleets left. The whole Col and Cora bit could have been executed better, but it also felt like small side story rather than a main plot point. « Hide Spoiler
And those are my thoughts on this final installment of A Conjuring of Light. I whole heartedly recommend this series to fantasy lovers on the lookout for a well developed world, characters and plot. There is lots to love about this series so if you’ve been on the fence about picking up this book hopefully you do.