A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)
Author: V. E. Schwab
Publication Date: February 21st 2017
Format: Paperback (666 pages)
The battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star V. E. Schwab
London’s fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. 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 Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.
My Rating: ★★★★★
I award this book ALL the stars! What a fantastic end to the trilogy!
This book is absolutely incredible. I don’t know if there is even an adjective that is strong enough to describe how I feel about this book or the entire trilogy to be honest. V. E. Schwab is an absolute genius and my love for her work continues to grow and grow.
A Conjuring of Light picks up where we left off in A Gathering of Shadows, Osaron’s darkness is spreading swiftly across Red London but who or what will stop him?
I really don’t want to describe the plot more than that because I think it is so much better to just jump into this final book. What I will 100% say is that from the very beginning to the very end this book had me on the edge of my seat. There was SO much action and so much happening throughout the book that it was incredibly hard to put down.
My emotions ran INCREDIBLY high during my read of this. V. E. Schwab certainly knows how to toy with her readers’ emotions. One moment I was feeling fierce and channelling my inner Lila Bard, the next I was feeling all swoony and in love, then I was broken hearted and beside myself, mixed in with some anger and a good sprinkling of shock and laughter along the way. The perfect recipe for an emotional rollercoaster.
Schwab completely messed with my head in this book. On so many occasions I was absolutely distraught at what I was reading, only for her to slip in another twist and turn of her knife.
The romance in this book is PERFECTLY written. It does not overwhelm the story in any way whatsoever, but I have waited (not so) patiently for one of my ships to sail and I was fully on board with it in this book. Things certainly got rather saucy at times and I loved every single second of it.
Lila Bard is one of my favourite fictional characters to exist. She is such a flipping badass and I love, love, loved her in this book. She is the true winner of the Shades of Magic trilogy for me. I honestly could read ten thousand books about her and still love her. She terrifies me but also inspires me. I loved seeing her learn more about herself and what she is capable of and that she played such a key role in this whole book.
I also loved being back with Kell, Rhy and Holland – what fabulous beings they are. To be fair, I can’t think of any characters in this book that I don’t feel strongly about, I love every single POV and they are so well woven together.
On the whole I just really loved being back in this world and I’m extremely sad that the trilogy is over. I know for a fact that this trilogy will be a firm favourite of mine and that I will undoubtedly reread it multiple times in years to come. V. E. Schwab, I can only bow down to your brilliance.
Have you read A Conjuring of Light? What did you think?
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