Review: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Review: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. SchwabA Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
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Pages: 624
Series: Shades of Magic #3
Published by Tor Books on February 21st 2017

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.
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!


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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.

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