Publisher: Titan Books
Released: 21st February 2017
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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The battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star V. E. Schwab
London's fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies. (from Goodreads)
This was such a satisfying ending to this trilogy. And that is high praise indeed coming from me, since I have a habit of disliking the third books in trilogies. Not this time though. The story was as exciting as ever, the magic was just as wonderful and oh, the characters! Possibly my favourite part of these books. I am really sad to see this series end.
This book started right after the end of book two (which was cliffhangery as hell, if you remember). We were put straight back into the action right from the start, which I really enjoyed. We also learnt a lot of interesting things in this book. This was especially true of Alucard and Holland, who had previously been very mysterious characters. I don’t know how, but Victoria Schwab managed to get me to feel sorry for Holland. After everything he’d done, I still felt bad for him. We also found out a lot more about the King and Queen (Rhy’s parents), which I actually liked, because I had never been a fan of them in the previous books, so it was interesting to see why they acted the way they did.
We also discovered what happened between Rhy and Alucard. I think Alucard’s POV was one of my favourites. I loved seeing his true feelings for Rhy, but I also liked finding out about his magic and how it worked. He knew things even Kell didn’t know and it explained a lot about his actions in the previous book, when he agreed to take Lila aboard his ship. I really enjoyed reading about him – and I was rooting for him in his attempt to get Rhy to forgive him, because really, who could not like Alucard? (Apart from Kell, obviously.)
Speaking of Kell, and Lila, there was finally a Kell and Lila! I had been waiting for this since book one. These two, they just…understood each other. Even if they didn’t always agree, they knew each other too well to try and talk the other out of what they wanted to do. I do wish we had seen a bit more of Kell teaching Lila magic, because while she was incredibly strong, she was still mostly untrained and lacked the control she needed. However, I really loved seeing Lila use her magic and the unique strategies she would come up with. It was what made her so dangerous – no-one really ever knew what she was going to do. Kell, though, was still my favourite character. He’d been through so much, and while he always took it in his stride, I just wanted him to be happy!
Plot-wise, I was pretty much hooked the entire time. There were a few slow parts – I have to say Osaron’s point of view was not my favourite – but overall, I was kept very engaged throughout. Osaron was a strange villain, no-one had ever really seen anything like him before in any of the four Londons, and he was so powerful it was difficult to see any way of defeating him. All the plans they came up with to combat him were clever, but were really only holding him off temporarily. Seeing Kell, Lila, Holland and Alucard having to work together was one of the reasons I really loved this book. They had to get over their grudges, and it was not an easy thing (especially for Lila). One thing that I do wish we had learnt more about was Kell’s origins - I’d been wanting to know more about him since the first book. I did also think a lot of the chapters ended on very dramatic last lines. Apart from that though, I was very impressed with this book.
Overall, this series has been a pleasure to read, and I highly recommend it to any fantasy fan. A Conjuring of Light was a great finale, and I am honestly going to miss these characters so much. I look forward to whatever Victoria Schwab writes next!