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Book Review: A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3) – V.E. Schwab (Pseudonym), Victoria Schwab

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy


At last, the conclusion to the Shades of Magic series. With such an unbeatable foe, how could Rhy, Kell, Lila and Alucard hope to win against him? After that explosive cliffhanger in AGOS, I sure couldn’t see a way for them to come out of it alive.

The first part of the book was action-packed. Kell’s suffering was heart-breaking and here were still more trials ahead of him. For both him and Rhy.

Lila was her same wicked self. The action slowed a bit in the middle to finally give Kell and Lila some alone time. What I liked best about this book wasn’t just the rollercoaster ride that was the plot-line but also the growth of the characters. Everything they went through impacted on who they were and who they turned out to be. V.E. Schwab did a great job of showing that character growth.

I loved the ending for Rhy and Alucard. But Holland – his choices, all that he suffered, his horrible fate – it was heartbreaking and made me so sad. As for Kell and Lila, their ending left me feeling a bit unsatisfied, as if things were still unfinished. I hope we get more books soon with these awesome characters.

Synopsis: 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.


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