BOOK REVIEW: V.E. Schwab – A Conjuring Of Light (Shades of Magic #3)

 

Grandiose. Magical. Riveting.

Title: A Conjuring Of Light (Shades Of Magic #3)
Author: V. E. Schwab
Publisher: Tor Books
Publish Date: Feb 21, 2017

Goodreads: 4.5/5
Barnes and Noble: 4.9/5

SYNOPSIS:

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.

 

 

REVIEW

 

WHAT I LIKED:

EVERYTHING!

After reading the slow paced A Gathering Of Shadows, this definitely is more heart racing and the end does justice to all the characters. At first I thought Schwab would really kill her main characters for a more dramatic scene, instead, she gives a very justifiable ending – one that does not disappoint.

The character development is superb and definitely depicts the character on the front cover. So in book 1 it was obviously Kell and the plot did revolve around his character. In the second book it was Lila as she secretly rummaged through the Essen Tasche and discovered her powers along the way. In the third book, I always had my doubts who the character was on the cover. At first I thought it would have been Rhy since his character is the least developed despite having been kidnapped, possessed, killed and basically the victim of all things. Hence, I was surprised to know that it was actually Holland. It does make sense though, as the first two covers featured the Antaris and Holland being the most powerful of the three.

My dear sweet Holland. You were my favorite character since A Darker Shade Of Magic. From the start I pitied his character. You can tell that he is stronger than Kell. But despite his powers, he does not wish to become a ruler and only want peace in his London. From birth he has been a victim of his power, used and taken advantage of the people he trusted. Nevertheless, his virtues stayed pure and only killed when necessary (or forced).

I love how Alucard and Rhy’s relationship grows. I shipped them so hard, more so than Kell and Lila’s. I could not hold myself at the scene where Rhy saw in the mirror the truth of why Alucard did not come back to him that night.

 

 

WHAT I DID NOT LIKE:

It’s kind of hard to think of anything not to like. In this book, the plot kicks right off the first chapter and the pace does not slow down from there. Their ship travels was a bit slow yet it was still exciting as we get to see more of Holland’s background.

If anything, probably the only dislikeable fact is the lack of background to a few things. For example:

  1. Who are Kell’s parents? And what did KL really stand for?
  2. How did Lila acquire her powers?
  3. What is the history behind Lila’s fake eye?
  4. How did Holland come across Ojka and made her Antari? Or was she Antari to start with?
  5. How do Kell and/or Holland know the spells if there were no Antaris to train them or teach them?

However, the lack of answers to the above question did not diminish the book as a whole. It only makes it more exciting knowing the possibility of short stories or even a new book in the future.

 

OVERALL: 5 STARS

Stars 5.0

 

A spectacular ending to a spectacular series. V.E. Schwab could not have given a better resolution for each and every character.

 

BONUS QUOTES:

“Love and loss,” he said, “are like a ship and the sea. They rise together. The more we love, the more we have to lose. But the only way to avoid loss is to avoid love. And what a sad world that would be.”

“Scars are not shameful, not unless you let them be. If you do not wear them, they will wear you.”

“She was a thief, a runaway, a pirate, a magician.
She was fierce, and powerful, and terrifying.
She was still a mystery.
And he loved her.”

“Life isn’t made of choices, it’s made of trades. Some are good, some are bad, but they all have a cost.”

 

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