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A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab {4 Stars}

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab {4 Stars}

A Conjuring of Light by Victoria Schwab (Shades of Magic #3)
Published by Tor Books on Feb. 21st, 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 624 pages
How I got my copy: Purchased
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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.

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.

4 Stars


  • All the characters are great – Obviously Kel and Lila are wonderful because they are snarky and follow their own rules, but all the other secondary characters are also enjoyable to read about. Rhy of course being the star there, yey Rhy!
  • Holland backstory – Holland obviously has been basically a villain for this series, but the question is always how did a person get to that point in their lives? Therefore, I was delighted to get flashbacks of Holland’s life before this series started and I definitely understand the choices he made.
  • A lot more about Black London – Black London was always that bogeyman in the closet that we never really got to actually see, but no more! And man is it just as horrible as everyone said….
  • Satisfying ending – A part of me is sad to see a series end, but I found the ending satisfying in that it answered the questions initially asked at the start. It had a very nice arc, but I am hoping for a spin off series….
  • No queer tragedy! I shall say no more, but I know that this will be a concern to some readers, so know that you are safe to read and love this book.


  • Took half the book to feel connected again – I never reread before starting a sequel and generally don’t have a problem with it. I absolutely loved Gathering of Shadows, so I was surprised when I didn’t find myself slipping right back into love with the characters and world. Everyone felt a bit stiff for much of the first half.
  • Couldn’t remember a fair number of things and didn’t get any hints – like I said, I don’t reread, but I highly recommend you at least go peruse a synopsis or cheat sheet about Gathering of Shadows since there weren’t enough hints to trigger my memory for some of the details.
  • First half felt quite slow with a lot of standing around and worrying. Sure, there is a lot to worry about and there are occasional moments of actions, but my main impression of the first half is a room full of people standing in the palace and wringing their hands.


Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Anya


 A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

© 2017, Anya. All rights reserved.


  1. I really need to finish this now! I’ve been waiting for them all to be released. I’m glad that it ended well. That’s too bad about the first half. You’re not the first person who’s said that.
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