Review: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Review: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. SchwabA Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
Published by Tor Books on February 21st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Pages: 624
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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.


Sometimes it’s hard to express how I feel about books I read especially for ones that I really really liked, such as this novel. There were bits that didn’t sit well with me, but the awesome character development made up for it. I was actually pretty surprised that there would be more than one POV. Even some of the minor characters got a role and it was interesting to see their side of the story as much as I wanted to continue reading what was happening with Kell and Lila. The funny thing is despite having to keep up with so many characters I found that it wasn’t quite difficult to keep track of them because some of them just stood out to me and it didn’t give me any trouble remembering who was who.

The character development was one of my favorite things about this book. While we learn a lot about certain characters there’s still so much mystery to them in the end. AND I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE. But, there’s a flaw to the character developments. It makes you hate certain characters less. We might learn their actions and their actions might’ve been noble, but in the end you can’t help it but sympathize with him. Especially with Holland. I have mixed feelings for the guy after reading from his perspective. While he did so many terrible things I can’t bring myself to say yeah he’s a good guy on the inside. I just felt sorry for him.

But, we get to the better part of the review which concerns our favorite foursome: Rhy, Alucard, Lila, and Kell. I loved the banter between Alucard, Kell, and Lila. They’re snippy and wonderful. They made me laugh out loud so many times that it was hard for me to reach the end because I just wanted more. I found myself musing about all these what ifs between them because their friendship (bromance?) was endearing and not at all hard to imagine. But, someone please tell Alucard to get with the program. It seems like he’s the only character who has to figure out stuff on his own while everyone else is screaming for Rhy and Kell to hang on. Even Hastra seems to know more than he does and Hastra is a minor character. Speaking of Alucard I like his nonchalant-ness of guarding people. That would totally be me by the way.

Royal guards lined the hall to the king’s chamber, and Alucard stood outside the doors, leaning back against the wood and flipping through the pages of a book.
“This is your idea of guarding him?” said Kell.
The man pointedly turned a page. “Don’t tell me how to do my job.”
Kell took a steadying breath. “Get out of my way, Emery.”
Alucard’s storm-dark eyes flicked up from the book. “And what is your business with the king?”

Now the fun part. I really enjoyed the subtle romance Lila and Kell, but sometimes it was easy to forget they have feelings for one another and you’re like woah that’s kind of weird when they do collide. It’s slow in the sense that you don’t often see it coming and when you do YOU END UP CRAVING FOR MORE SCENES. Despite the book being long it actually never gets boring. Okay, sometimes, but…There’s so much action. And feelings and overall I think she did a decent job of wrapping up all the loose ends and leaving the book with an open ending that makes you hope there might be more someday…*sighs*…if only, right? A bookworm can always dream…

It wasn’t a good-bye, no really.
What was the word for parting?
That was it.
Until another day.
Delilah Bard knew she’d be back.


Author: Jackie

5 Replies to “Review: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab”

  1. I think one of my favorite parts about this book was how UNIVERSAL the character development was. So many books (especially at this point in a series) end up really developing one or two, sometimes three characters to the extreme — and yeah, the rest typically develop to a certain extent too. But in ACOL, EVERYONE developed an INSANE amount. And characters that I hadn’t liked at ALL before, suddenly I was ok with. And characters I had been on the fence about were suddenly among my favorites. And by the end of the book I was just kind of like … Wait, that’s it? No more banter? No more witicisms from Lila? No more infinitely-sided coats? I WANT MORE!

    Great review 🙂

    1. lol I’m having this King George has level up thing in my head like he’s in a video game. But, you’re right. It’s funny too because even characters that are introduced at the last minute gets some kind of character development and it’s not something I expect to happen. Because with last minute characters a lot of times it feels rushed and it makes me end up thinking what was their purpose anyways, but surprisingly ACOL was the opposite.

  2. ONE DAY. There’s just something about me that makes me not read super hyped up books WHILE they’re on the hype train, and everyone’s only talking about this series right now 😀

  3. Sounds like a really comprehensive storyline! While I absolutely love character development, too much of it can throw me off. But this sounds interesting. Great review! ~Aleen

  4. I do need to start this series already. I have the books so I just need to make the time to sit down and read them. I am glad you enjoyed this one.

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