A Conjuring of Light

A Conjuring of Light

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Londons fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes struggle. The trilogy's conclusion concerns the fate of beloved protagonists -- and old foes.

McMillan Palgrave

Witness the fate of beloved heroes and notorious foes in the heart-stopping conclusion to V.E. Schwab’s New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy.

*Kirkus' Best Fiction of 2017*

As darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, the once precarious balance of power among the four Londons has reached its breaking point.

In the wake of tragedy, Kell—once assumed to be the last surviving Antari—begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. 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.

An ancient enemy returns to claim a city while a fallen hero tries to save a kingdom in decay. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

Shades of Magic series
1. A Darker Shade of Magic
2. A Gathering of Shadows
3. A Conjuring of Light



Baker
& Taylor

A conclusion to the trilogy that includes A Gathering of Shadows traces the rise and fall of kingdoms throughout the Maresh Empire, where a fraught balance of magic endangers both heroes and foes. By a New York Times best-selling author.
Traces the rise and fall of kingdoms throughout the Maresh Empire, where a fraught balance of magic endangers both heroes and foes.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765387462
0765387468
Call Number: SF SCH
Characteristics: 624 pages ; 22 cm

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JCLBallewA Apr 07, 2020

This book is a satisfying and gripping conclusion to a beautiful and unique series, providing a deeper understanding of character choices and development. Schwab takes things both the reader and the characters view as implacable and obvious and turns them on their heads. There's a constant undercurrent of desperation flowing beneath every action and conversation that keeps you reading.

An interesting book to read in March 2020, as what could be called a magical epidemic sweeps over Red London, trapping many in their homes while many others become infected or die.

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fishbottom
Jan 20, 2020

Book 3

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rebecacelest
Aug 06, 2019

Schwab has a knack for character development, and this really shines through in her conclusion to ADSOM. Love.

MegH_OshLib Apr 11, 2019

A Conjuring of Light was such a fantastic end to an amazing trilogy. I don't think that I have loved a book series quite this much in some time. The characters were phenomenal, their arcs and development so enjoyable. And the way everything wrapped up at the end, just beautiful.

V.E. Schwab's writing is some of my favourite; I will recommend these books for a long, long time!

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Kodaboyy
Dec 20, 2018

book 3

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rapunzel454
Jul 31, 2018

I forced myself to finish this book as I had committed to completing the series, but it was a bit better than the second one at least. There was more action and plot which made it more enjoyable, but the characters and the author's writing still were infuriating. I do not need to be told a hundred more times that Lila is a thief (italicize for emphasis every time!). The overall idea was interesting and the story had lots of potential, but the author was just not a strong enough writer to pull it off.

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faithmurri99
Apr 21, 2018

As usual, Schwab utterly impressed me with her ability to weave an intoxicating and intriguing tale in an equally amazing world. The sleeping curse had a strong Sleeping Beauty feel to it that I really liked, and the whole Black curse itself reminded me of Neil Gaiman's The Sleeper and the Spindle.

There were more actual consequences, and character deaths that actually meant something, in this book, and I appreciated that. I hate it when a character dies but it means nothing because they either weren't well developed or important, or there wasn't a thematic meaning behind their death and a result of it shown in the other surviving characters. This book did character death really well.

Unfortunately, there were a few loose threads that were not tied up by the last page and that really disappointed me. Fortunately, the rest of the book was astounding and action packed, so it didn't really bother me that much; it just left this what could have been hole in my heart I can't seem to fill. Or maybe that's just that the series is over. Who really knows?

Kell: As usual, Kell is my bae and I love him, and this book was no different. He's a tad impulsive, but he means well, and he cares so deeply for everyone he loves. His struggle with blame, responsibility, and when all the problems began was interesting and well done.

Lila: She annoyed me a lot less in this book, because it seems she actually met her match in Holland, who wasn't taking any of her crap. She realistically struggled with power balance and testing her limits—learning that you can't set your own limits, no matter how much you might want to.

Rhy: He really came into his own in this book, dealing with his mental health and his responsibilities as a royal to his city. He was a real treat to read and I'm very glad he was a POV character. He changed as a person but stayed who he fundamentally was,which a lot of authors can't seem to get right.

Holland: I love Holland. He's seriously competing with Kell for top spot in my heart. I was surprised to find so much of myself in him, and, well a bit out of style at first, his backstory scenes were very good and needed. I really felt for him and understood him.

Osaron: He was such a good villain!!! I love nonhuman villains and he is honestly a new favorite. His ego and his insatiable desire for more made him quite fearsome.

Maxim and Emira: I'm glad we got to learn more about them through their perspectives.

Alucard: I still don't like him, and I don't really like him with Rhy but only because we're told they love each other, and yes, we're shown that they'll do anything for each other, but passionate action when presented with immediate danger and true love are very different things. I didn't feel a romantic connection between them, and I felt that their personalities didn't really work together for a long term relationship. Also, that "you're mine" line has really got to go.

Hastra: I just...I just love Hastra. He's the sweetest, most wonderful person ever, and I only wanted the best for him. Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.

Cora and Col: They were well done and honestly surprised me, but in a good way.

This book kept me on the edge of my seat (or, let's be honest here, bed) the entire time. I would have devoured it faster, but it was a buddy read and I was (and still am as of the time of this review) ahead of my buddies. I'm torn between 4.5 and 5 stars, because I did have my problems with it (the very ending after the climax, mostly) but I did thoroughly enjoy it and would consider it a favorite. I'm just so sad it's over now.

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humbleworm
Feb 25, 2018

This third and longest book in the trilogy manages to escalate without falling into unrealistic hyperbole, which I can't say about the rushed second book. Schwab finally spends some time developing more than just the primary characters and reprises the imaginative qualities of the first book. I enjoyed this one and would not be surprised if more books follow but this plotline has concluded. I do caution though that this series has an unhealthy emphasis on bloodletting that could influence some susceptible young adult readers toward cutting.

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dnk
Feb 02, 2018

I couldn't put this down, and this was a long book. I really did love it, but I would give it 4.5 stars.

My complaints: each installment of this series has gotten longer. While there's a lot of story to tell, there were times that I felt like it was being drawn out past where it needed to be, and when it was clear a new, major undertaking was going to be initiated halfway through the novel, it was frustrating. Still, it gave more time to develop the relationship between Lila and Kell, as well as give the reader time to explore Holland's painful and tortured past.

Even more vexing was that Schwab, despite dropping a few breadcrumbs, decides not to help us solve the big mystery that has haunted the series from the beginning. Her answer is that the past doesn't matter, but after being teased throughout the series--particularly through the cagey memories of Queen Emira--that's a big letdown.

Those are my complaints, but overall this was a mostly satisfying conclusion to the series. Lila grows up, Kell loses a shade of his arrogance (literally and figuratively), and Holland earns redemption and, perhaps, a little hope. Rhy, the would-be rakish prince, becomes the man he was raised to be, not in spite of but because of his vulnerabilities. And who doesn't love the chance to see George IV spooked and rebuffed?

Throughout the series, Schwab plays with the themes "magic comes with a price", "magic is a crutch", and "magic is everywhere". It's necessary at certain points, but it's ultimately not powerful magic that saves worlds but humanity and simple decency, which may be the simple magic that Alucard sees around Rhy. And while sometimes sacrifice may be required, the one that's taken is not nearly as powerful as the ones that are offered, as they are in this installment.

I would love to have some of the questions left lingering here answered, but it helps to know that they can be: nothing is destroyed, and those things that have needed it are given hope and new beginnings. Let's raise a glass with Ned Tuttle in the Five Points Tavern and hope that someday we'll find out more about the rest of the story.

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jimsimons007
Jan 17, 2018

It feels like a different writer with the character personalities changing jarringly.

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Feb 25, 2018

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