Shades of Magic · V.E Schwab · Young Adult

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

~Review~

OMG! This was a fantastic ending to one of my new favorite series! I enjoyed the plot immensely, the characters were all well-developed as were their relationships with each other. We learned even more about the world as we traveled away from London and the writing was just as great as all the others. The ending was just perfect with hints for maybe more to come! I was satisfied but left wanting even more!

Plot 

A Conjuring of Light continues the story of the previous novel. The three Antari must consider teaming up in order to destroy Osaron before he destroys them and the worlds they love.

“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.”

I think this was the most action-packed novel of the three and it was just filled with tension and suspense as I eagerly awaited the end and the resolution to the story. Every time I had to put the book down I was left with an empty feeling and a ton of anxiety because I couldn’t wait to get back to the story.

The pacing of this novel was just perfect. I loved everything about it. There was a perfect blend of action, character development, and relationship development as well.

I adored the ever-changing viewpoints, especially some of the new ones. Learning about Holland’s past was one of the best parts of the story.

“Anoshe was a word for strangers in the street, and lovers between meetings, for parents and children, friends and family. It softened the blow of leaving. Eased the strain of parting. A careful nod to the certainty of today, the mystery of tomorrow. When a friend left, with little chance of seeing home, they said anoshe. When a loved one was dying, they said anoshe. When corpses were burned, bodies given back to the earth and souls to the stream, those left grieving said anoshe.

Anoshe brought solace. And hope. And the strength to let go.”

This was the best book of the three, in my opinion, and had all the feels! I laughed, I cried, I gasped…every emotion one could express, I did throughout reading this novel.

The ending….oh…it was amazing! Everything wraps up nicely but I just can’t help wanting MORE! There were a few things that happened that were not resolved (though don’t necessarily need to be) so I feel as if there may be another book in the future. I need more Rhy..more Kell…more Lila. Everyone had a chapter or two for themselves at the end and they were all terrific.

World-Building 

A lot more of the world was discovered as Kell, Lila, Alucard, and Holland travel by ship throughout the land in order to find something that will destroy Osaron. Once they found Maris out in the middle of nowhere, they found what they were looking for and more though at a high price. Maris is rather interesting and I wish there would have been more of her.

Characters 

Kell and Lila are so great together and I loved how Schwab handled their relationship. They have moments together but it was slow to develop and you don’t even know if they are really together at the end but you can assume they are.

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

Kell and Rhy’s relationship is so amazing! I loved how close they were and how hard it was for them to be apart.

Rhy and Alucard’s relationship was so cute and unexpected! I loved it. How often do you get to read a book about a gay prince? Like never! and it was so refreshing and handled so well! They went through a lot together and I loved how their story ended.

Holland was a complex character from the beginning and it was awesome to have some flashbacks of his life and how he got to this point. It was entertaining, to say the least, and as you read you start to develop different feelings toward him. And his ending was just so, so sad. 😦

“And strategy is just a fancy word for a special kind of common sense, the ability to see options, to make them where there were none. It’s not about knowing the rules. It’s about knowing how to break them.”

Maris was a new character introduced in this book and she was quite an interesting one at that. She is super mysterious and I wish there would have been more of her.

 Writing 

Just as great as ever. So poetic, concise, and descriptive.

Cover 

The cover is gorgeous! It even has the book number on the spine. However, there are still blurbs on the front and no series name.

~Review Spotlight~

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