Title: A Conjuring of Light
Author: V.E. Schwab
Publication Date: 2017
Publishing House: Tor
A Conjuring of Light is the third and final book in Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy. A Darker Shade of Magic, book one, starts off fast and plunges you into a world of parallel Londons. Introducing characters that the readers loves and craves more of. If it needed to, book one could be stand alone. Book two, A Gathering of Shadows, opens several months later and at a slower pace. This book contains a lot of reflection and flashbacks. Schawab introduces some wonderful new characters and illustrates how the established characters have changed since the events in book one. This book is slower than book one but the buildup is worth it and the pages end on a cliff hanger instead of a resolved ending.
I waited far too long to finish this series but I didn’t have to worry about if I had forgotten anything at the end of A Gathering of Shadows because A Conjuring of Light picks up right where the last on left off. Lila and her since of urgency and the fear that the reader has for Kell and Rhy. This book is full of life lessons. Working with people that you don’t like, over coming differences, learning the value of sacrifice.
Schwab’s writing is fantastic in this book. There were moments when I had to stop reading because the emotions it was inspiring were more than I wanted to deal with at the time. My favorite character development is presented in the form of Rhy, the crown prince. He has to learn to lead in a time of crisis and despite his internal struggles he learns to do so spectacularly.
Over all, if you enjoy a good fantasy series I highly suggest pick Shades of Magic up. Shawab’s world building is unique, her characters are vibrant with flaws, and the magic is versatile but with reasonable limits.
If you have read this series I’d love to know what you though of it. I’m currently reading Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, look out for the review soon. Have a great week!