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


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RRS Review: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. SchwabA 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
Pages: 624

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.
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!


Author: Cyn

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

  1. I have not read any of Schwab’s books but they sound awesome! I think I overlooked them not realizing they were fantasy (for some odd reason) but it sounds pretty great, and I love great well done characters. Nice quotes too, I especially like #3.

  2. I really want to start this series!!! Glad you loved this one!

  3. I would love to start this series… as soon as I get through some ARC’s 🙂

  4. Oh wow! As soon as I atleast minimize the size of my TBR, I’ll definitely get myself a copy of this one. Great review Cyn!

  5. LOL! I am fascinated by short or brief reviews because they are impossible for me to write- at least for now. You did a great job of (in)coherently-haha!- expressing what you love about the book. I definitely want to read this series.

    Great review, Cyn!

    Have a good weekend!

  6. Love the quotes! Great “really really short review”. 😀 ~Aleen

  7. Short and concise review. You had me at your second point. I love when a story take me on an emotional ride and Conjuring of Light seemed to have done that for you.

  8. I only just peeked at this review (I’m not caught up!) but I am SO excited to see how much you loved this, Cyn! I’ve heard nothing but good things about the series and great characters are my weakness, so clearly I need to hustle and start in on this one. 🙂

  9. UUUUGGHHHHH, I NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! I’m so scared of it! Not just because it’s physically very overwhelming, but because I don’t want my heart to be broken. HEA? Yes? Maybe? I need everyone to be okay in the end! *hides*

    Lovely review, Cyn! Have a great weekend. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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