Book Review: A Conjuring of Light

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Author: V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic Series, Book #3

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.

Review: I read this book awhile ago, with moving my blogging (and reading) went on the back burner. Anyway, this book was the perfect ending to a series that captured my heart from the first page. While reading this story, all I could think was how there wasn’t one character that I didn’t like in their own way. There is usually at least one character in a book that I’m iffy on but this story had me wishing they were all my friends.

Kell – my god, I don’t think Kell could be anymore perfect. He has his flaws but he means the best. His loyalty and relationship with Lila and Rhy are fabulous. He’s a complicated character, he wants to do what’s right but at the same time it might hold him back. He’s smart and lovable and I’m so happy I got to read about him.

Lila — Lila is what I wished Daughter of a Pirate King and Siren Queen had been. She kicks butt but she isn’t that cocky about it. She just wants to live in the only way she knows how to.

Rhy — while he wasn’t my favorite in the story, his character development in the last book is amazing. I love that he struggles with who he wants to be and who he is.

Holland — I know I shouldn’t like Holland but I could totally understand where he was coming from in this last installment. Schwab left his character reveal really until the end, and I love that I was rooting for him throughout.

Alucard — What I loved the most about Alucard was the comedic relief he brought to the story. He’s just an entertaining character.

This story had everything — adventure, love, friendship, loyalty and what everyone wants in the world — a better one. One that doesn’t take what isn’t theirs. I love these characters, to the point where I bought a tote with a quote from the story. I know I’ll be re-reading this one and I understand why so many people enjoyed this series. I’m just sad it took me as long as it did to read it!

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

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