A Conjuring of Light | book review

A Conjuring of Light

Author: V.E. Schwab
Series: Shades of Magic, #3
Format: eBook
Page Count: 624
Publisher: Tor Books
Original Publication Date: 2017
Genre(s): New adult, Fantasy, Fiction

“In myths, the hero survives.
The evil is vanquished.
The world is set right.
Sometimes there are celebrations, and sometimes there are funerals.
The dead are buried. The living move on.
Nothing changes.
Everything changes.
This is a myth.
This is not a myth.”

Red London is falling, and it’s up to the three Antaris to save it.

Kell made a grave mistake following Ojka into White London, and he’s not sure he’ll survive to even try to save his home. Which means neither will Rhy…

Lila may be new to this whole magic thing, but she knows she must save Kell and save this London that’s slowly becoming her home…

Holland did what he had to do to save his home, but now he’s not quite sure he made the right decision. He’s done a lot of terrible things in his past, but maybe there’s still time to redeem himself…


The epic conclusion to this NA fantasy series is, well, pretty epic. As usual, the story is told in third-person POV, but this time around, we get a lot of perspectives. Each chapter is broken up into sub-chapters featuring a different character’s POV—Kell, Lila, Rhy, Holland, Alucard, King Maresh, Queen Emira, Osaron… So. Many. Characters. But it’s never busy or confusing. It’s actually quite nice, seeing the story from so many different points of view. It’s nice learning a little more about the characters besides Kell and Lila.

We especially get hella Holland backstory in this book. I won’t lie, I didn’t love Holland in book 1, but after reading the sequel I started to care for him. I mean, he really does have the worst life out of anyone in the books, and A Conjuring of Light only strengthens that opinion. I enjoyed learning more about this tragic hero, and I loved watching him interact with the other two Antari. Kell, of course, I love to death. He’s obviously the too-perfect hero, but I don’t care, he’s dreamy and sulking and that’s my weakness. Lila, on the other hand… *sigh* I never know how I feel about her, exactly. I went from hating her, to thinking she was okay…then back to kind of hating her again. I know, I know, I don’t want to hate her, but she’s just such a strange character. She makes the worst decisions 24/7 and somehow always gets out of bad situations. She’s literally only practiced magic for less than a year but somehow shows up the others sometimes. I don’t know. I guess I just can’t stand how cocky and rash she is. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good, strong heroine, but Lila is a bit ridiculous to me.

As far as finales go, this was a pretty good one. This book is full of action, adventure, magic, and death. It’s certainly a bloodbath in both the best and worst ways (RIP to my sweet you-know-you if you’ve read the book…). There’s so much going on, but it’s just the right pace. When starting this series, I definitely had no idea the direction it would take, but I love how it ended.

If you’re looking for a magical fantasy with a lot of gore and adventure, this series is right up your alley. Though I don’t think I love it as much as my good friend Heather (who recommended the series to me) or some of the other die-hard fans out there, I will admit that I really did like it, and am so glad I read it.

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