Review: A Conjuring of Light

Title: A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)

Author: V.E. Schwab

Genre: Fantasy, Magic

Format: Hardcover, 624 pages

Publishing Information: February 21st 2017 by Tor Books

Source: Purchased


Book Summary:

Witness the fate of beloved heroes – and enemies.

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.


It’s no surprise that I am in love with Victoria Schwab. I absolutely adore everything that she writes but her Shades of Magic series is definitely my favorite. A Conjuring of Light is the third and final book in the series — I’ve been eagerly waiting for this book every since A Gathering of Shadows (review here) crushed me last year. A Gathering of Shadows ended on a massive cliffhanger so I was dying to know what happened next. A Conjuring of Light did not disappoint — it was so magically captivating and even though it’s a long book (over 600 pages), it felt entirely too short because I just didn’t want it to end!

A Gathering of Shadows picks up where A Conjuring of Light left off — Kell’s disappearance is quickly noticed and Lila must travel from Red London to White London to try to save him. Rhy’s life is also at risk because it is tied to Kell’s; the King, Queen, and Emery back are in Red London and in despair about the potential loss of Rhy. The book quickly moves from the troubles facing Kell and Rhy though to reveal that all of the Londons are at a great risk because an ancient dark power that claims to be a god is sweeping across the land. The majority of the book follows the Antaris’ attempts to save the world.

In my review of A Gathering of Shadows, I mentioned that the book was more of a character-driven on focused on Lila and Kell rather than a plot-driven one. Conjuring of Light has a completely different vibe in that it is super fast-paced and focuses more on the plot of a dark force of magic that ruins everything in its path. The chapters in the book are short and shift perspectives — we get to see a bit more of White and Grey London and learn about different characters’ backgrounds. The story constantly shifts and is full of adventures, action, and plot twists. We also get to see a bit of the world outside of the Londons, which I’m hoping V.E. Schwab decides to write about sometime in the future because they’re so incredibly magical. 

One of the biggest surprises of this book was how much I grew to feel and care for Holland. We get to see just how much of a tragic and dark past he had. I understood his intentions and actions better after I learned about the sacrifices and trouble he faced. By the end of the book, I saw him as a victim rather than a villain. I also fell more in love with Alucard Emery in this book. His love for Rhy runs deep and you learn a bit more about his family history and why he became a ship captain.

Overall, A Conjuring of Light was a wonderful conclusion to a brilliant series. The series concluded with some loose ends so I’m really hoping that V.E. Schwab decides to revisit this world. This series is one my all-time favorites and I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is beautifully written and absolutely captivating — a true masterpiece.




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