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

Synopsis: 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.

Genre: Fantasy


My thoughts: A Conjuring of Light was one of my most anticipated releases of this year. I adore this series. So, obviously, I was really looking forward to its conclusion. And it, mostly, kept all its promises.

The world created by Schwab remains one of my favorite aspects of this series. The idea of four parallel Londons -Grey, Red, White and Black- is just brilliant. The world building is so rich, vivid and thrilling, that it pulls you right in. So much so that I’d love to get more books in this world. Perhaps one from a time before Black London fell.

I also truly loved how action packed this book was. I feel like, out of the three books, A Conjuring of Light is the best in that regard. Some of the action scenes were really epic and had me holding my breath. The stakes in this last book were also higher than ever, as they should. And although some scenes slowed the pace it was altogether an exciting and gripping read.

On top of that, the characters created by the author are fascinating, touching and relatable. In A Conjuring of Light, we get to know them even more. We go more in depth and I loved that. I particularly enjoyed Alucard’s story. What I love the most about these characters is that they aren’t black or white. They are not perfect, they make mistake and have a dark side. On that aspect, Holland has a great arc in this third book and  I was really pleased with how Schwab concluded his story.

Which leads me to my one problem with this book: the conclusion. As the third and final book in the Shades of Magic series, I wanted A Conjuring of Light to bring me closure. However, on several aspects, it did not. It did conclude brilliantly the main arc and gave us an overall epic finale. But, it still left many questions unanswered and felt like something was missing. I won’t go into details, because of potential spoilers, but I will say I finished the book being a bit frustrated.

Nonetheless, the Shades of Magic series is a must-read for all the fantasy lovers. And I know it will stay with me for a long time.

My rating: 4.25/5


Enjoy your reads,

Gaëlle

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