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

October 25, 2017 Review 12 ★★★★★

Review:  A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
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Publisher: Macmillan
Source: Publisher
Pages: 402
Release Date: February 21st 2017
Series: Shades of Magic #3
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Gaslamp, Historical
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.

“What are we drinking to?”
“The living,” said Rhy.
“The dead,” said Alucard and Lila at the same time.

The only adjective I can think of to describe A CONJURING OF LIGHT is beautiful. What a wonderful ending to an even more amazing story. It was everything I knew (and didn’t know) I wanted from the final book in this series. All. The. Emotions.

Picking up right where A GATHERING OF SHADOWS left off, this book doesn’t waste any time picking up speed and not stopping, the perfect solution to a reading slump. This pacing keeps for a good portion of the novel, none of it drags or becomes tedious despite its size.

“A myth without a voice is like a dandelion without a breath of wind.
No way to spread the seeds.”

We’ve spent two books getting to know Kell, Lila, Rhy and the gang but A CONJURING OF LIGHT continues to develop them, something I absolutely love to see. People change and grow and adapt, something this book really shows. We’re still seeing new sides of every character and it’s glorious. There’s a redemption arc that plays out perfectly. The feels.

The writing is gorgeous, perfectly describing everything that happens very vividly, without being tedious. There are some amazing quotes that are born from this, and only contribute to my overall fangirling.

For those worried about the end, I can’t spoil anything (of course) but it’s an ending I couldn’t be more pleased with. A CONJURING OF LIGHT, while the final installment, might just also be the strongest.

“On vis och,” he told himself.
Dawn to dusk.
A phrase that meant two things in his native tongue.
A fresh start. A good end.”

Rating Report
Overall: 4.7

12 Responses to “Review: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab”

    • Alise

      I know what you mean, I have plenty of books like that too haha. It’s a great series, I hope you get to check it out sometime :)

  1. Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    I have heard so many great things about this series, so it makes me so happy to hear you liked this so much! :) Seeing another glowing review from you just makes me even more anxious to give it a try. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3
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    • Alise

      Understandable! There were so many things that happened in this book it’s really hard not to. I’m glad you enjoyed this too :)

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