Welcome to Really Really Short Reviews were the name is long and the reviews are short! Because sometimes short is that much sweeter. (Also, because I’m really lazy!) And there might be quotes too (lots and lots)! (Because everyone loves quotes, right?)A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3) by V.E. Schwab
Series: Shades of Magic #3
Published by Tor Books on February 21st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Witness the fate of beloved heroes - and enemies.
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.
Gah. This book.
Here’s a bunch of incoherent reasons why I loved this book (and series) so much:
1. The characters. The characters. The characters: Just when I thought I couldn’t have loved Kell and Lila and Rhy (and Alcuard) anymore, I did. Like the previous books, the story is very character driven and I was just so damn invested. Singularly. Together. I just love them all (secondary characters included) (Even Holland).
2. The feeeeeels. So much feels. All the feelings: the happiness, the heartbreak and everything in between.
“Love and loss,” he said, “are like a ship and the sea. They rise together. The more we love, the more we have to lose. But the only way to avoid loss is to avoid love. And what a sad world that would be.
3. The action! Never a dull moment from castle sieges to swashbuckling adventuring, epic battles and so much magic.
“You think this is a bad idea?”
“Without a doubt.”
“Then why are you smiling?”
“Because,” she said, “bad ideas are my favourite kind.”
4. The romance: Finally! My heart could barely handle the cuteness that is Kell and Lila.
Her heart was beating hard against her ribs, some primal part of her saying run, and she was running, just not away. She was tired of running away. So she was running into Kell.
And he caught her.
5. The writing. It just wraps you up in a blanket of magic and and sweeps you away on such a grand adventure.
It definitely was bittersweet to finish this series.
It wasn’t a good-bye, not really.
What was the word for parting?
That was it.
Until another day.
“What are we drinking to?”
“The living,” said Rhy.
“The dead,” said Alucard and Lila at the same time.
“We’re being thorough,” added Rhy.
Her hands were bandaged, a deep scratch ran along her jaw, and Rhy watched his brother move towards her as naturally as if the world had simply tipped. For Kell, apparently it had.
Lila smiled at that, one of those smiles that made Kell profoundly nervous. The kind of smile usually followed by a weapon.
PS. Check out Jackie’s (more coherent) REVIEW HERE for more love for A Conjuring of Light!
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