14 Jan 2019

#Review: A CONJURING OF LIGHT by V.E. Schwab

A CONJURING OF LIGHT

Author: V.E. Schwab
Series: Shades of Magic #3
Source: Purchased from Chapters
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: February 21, 2017
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Summary:
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.
Purchase:
Amazon | Chapters | TBD
Do you ever get tired of running? 
No. 
Then you haven't left enough behind.

Hoo boy. I waited a LONG time to read this one because I didn't want the series to end. But Victoria is writing a spin-off that takes place after the conclusion so I figured I should probably get on it. And OMG. This blew me away. A fantasy of truly epic proportions.

A hugely character driven story and trilogy with amazing prose and storytelling from V.E. Schwab. I love seeing how Schwab takes complexity and simplifies it for her readers. You can easily connect to every character she writes, even if they have vastly different view points, morality compasses, and states of vulnerability. I feel like a combination of every character because Schwab does such a good job of connecting you to every character.

Schwab is such an amazing author and I love seeing how she sets up the world throughout her entire trilogy to come to the conclusion. I felt like this conclusion was a touch longer than I would have liked it to be. There were points to it that felt like they were longer than necessary, but I loved seeing the nuance in the world, the hierarchy, and how power is distributed in this fantasy world.

I didn't think the stakes were quite as high as I would have wanted them to be. That might be part of the problem with the length of this one. The first 50 pages had my heart pounding then it slowed down a bit until too much was "convenient" in terms of timing for the story to move along. I thought it would have been better at 300-350 pages, cutting out some of the travel time in the third quarter of the book.

Kell and Lila were literally amazing in this book. I loved seeing them both grow apart and together. I liked seeing how they were so worried about one another and the scene was just AMAZING. It was so nice to see two people who genuinely care for and adore each other being able to admit that to each other. I just. I have so many feelings about people, especially men, being able to admit how much they care about the people in their lives.

However, I loved the way this ended. I loved everything about the relationships, the deaths, the future of this world and series, and how Schwab made me feel along the way. I can't wait to see what else is in store in this world. 

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