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Review: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Review: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. SchwabA Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
Series: Shades of Magic #3
Published by Titan Books on February 21st 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 666
Format: Paperback
Source: Amazon
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Witness the fate of beloved heroes - and enemies.

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.

 
A Conjuring of Light? More like A Conjuring of Pain. This book was an absolute delight and probably one of the best conclusions to a series I have ever read (besides Deathly Hallows).
 
ACOL was fast-paced, heart-wrenching and absolutely stressful. Schwab had me in tears over characters I had never even been particularly fond of, and if that isn’t a sign of a truly brilliant writer then I don’t know what is. But what I really, really, really would like to know is what was in those letters [#spoiler] wrote for [#spoilers]. Let’s stab another hole in my heart so I can read them, I don’t mind. I just want to know everyone’s reactions. I’ll beg, Schwab. I will beg!
 
But do you know what my absolute favourite thing about this book (and its predecessors) were? Delilah Bard and her penchant for knives. I live for female characters that can slay anyone and anything with a combination of badass moves and swords/knives, and Lila had that all in the bag.
 

“My name is Lila Bard,” she answered, drawing her favourite knife, “and I don’t give a damn.”

 
ACOL had much stabbing and much sass, and I was much happy. My feels are happy squeeing at the thought. Every fight scene was on point.
 
Let us discuss Holland, that precious little mung bean. I honestly did not care much for this man before this book but he became so precious held in captivity and hating life. I lived for all the little snippets into his backstory and the sarcastic “oh, you don’t know how to perform this kind of magic” moments.
 
The dynamic between Kell, Alucard and Rhy was actual perfection. The snide bickering, the eye rolls, the sexual tension, the devotion between two brothers… I can’t get enough. How many times can I repeat that I absolutely loved this book, the characters, the relationships?
 
This is not a book or a series that you will ever regret reading. Trust me.
 
Now after all that emotional trauma, I need a Shades of Magic spin-off in my life.
 

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