Fantasy (YA) | Magic (YA) | Young Adult fiction

Book Review: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (#3 Shades of Magic)

19. March 2018


Fantasy/Young Adult/Magic

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.




A Conjuring of Light has been one of those books where I’ve kind of looked at it, not sure if I want to read it or not. Mostly because I’ve fallen in love with the Shades of Magic series and I don’t want it to end. I was also intimidated by the size of this book, 624 pages! That’s like the size of two of the regular books I read.

A Conjuring of Light is just a masterpiece. I seriously did not know how this was going to end in a way where I was pleased with it, but that ending just made the whole thing bittersweet, but in a good way. I loved it. I’m angry and happy. This book is so detailed, and I hate detailed books, but I could NOT stop reading this. It was just this whole new experience to me. I normally hate several POV’s because they often make me so confused, but I loved this.

So as you probably understand I was just amazed after finishing this. It’s such a good series, and I actually feel like visiting the world again soon. Like I don’t want it to end. It was so bittersweet. And it’s so hard to put in words what I loved about it. But I’m going to try and get more serious here, so bear with me.

What I like about A Conjuring of Light is that it brings this trilogy to new heights. The writing is what really catches me though, because it’s so brilliantly written. Every word and sentence so perfectly crafted. It’s unique and lovely in a way I have never experienced a book to be. The characters are amazing. I think what makes me love the characters so much is that they’re just so MUCH. They’re brilliant, loving, flawed, lovely, funny, evil, cunning, fragile, strong. I can’t find the words for how much I love these characters.

Even Holland, in this book, made me want to cry several times. Lila is just as bad ass as ever, and she has gone into my book of favorite characters of all time. Kell is lovely, and I want his story to continue. Rhy is everything in this book, and his relationship with Alucard is amazing.

And the Shadow King was such a cool villain. One of those villains that just don’t have a meaning to what they do, other than the fact that they can. He’s so evil.

In some ways I love the length of the book, on the other hand it’s also SO long. But I don’t feel like it’s something that did anything bad for the book at all. So other than the length of the book feeling a bit intimidating, it’s still the right amount of pages to win me over!

This is the perfect ending to a perfect series, and it makes me so excited for more of Schwab’s work!

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