A Conjuring of Light: Shades of Magic (Book 3)
by V.E. Schwab
“The precarious equilibrium among the 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. 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 and the Night Spire crew are attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible, as an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown and a fallen hero is desperate to save a decaying world…”
After reading A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows, I knew I wanted to know how the trilogy ended, so I preordered A Conjuring of Light. I do think you need to have read the previous two books, otherwise you will not understand what is happening.
Following straight on from the end of A Gathering of Shadows, Lila is trying to save Kell, while Holland is battling against Oscaron. Oscaron wants to take Red London and Rhy is dying due to Kell’s magic having been stripped.
Wow, I finished A Conjuring of Light three days ago, but I still cannot get it out of my mind, and I am struggling to write this review as I do not want the story to be over. I was hooked from the first page, I wanted to race through it, but I also wanted to take my time to savour the story as it is the final book.
My favourite characters are Lila, Kell, Rhy and Alucard. I liked finding out more about Holland, it made me feel sorry for him and I understand him a lot better now. Also we find out more about Queen Emira and King Maxim, which I enjoyed. We do follow a lot of different characters with each chapter following a different person.
My favourite part is all of it, A Conjuring of Light is incredible. There are so many different parts to it. I did not want to put it down, I was gripped the whole way through. I went through so many emotions, I laughed quite a bit, was scared for the characters, tense and sad as well. I did not cry until I finished, I closed the book and broke into tears which I could help or stop.
A Conjuring of Light is wrapped up at the end, as it is the final book in the Shades of Magic trilogy. However it does leave you wondering what happened next.
While reading this book, I described it as a fight of good versus evil, of a city fighting for survival, of the coming together of different people to try to win. I would recommend to older teenagers and adults. 5 out of 5.