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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 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.

4 Stars

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A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab {4.5 Stars}

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab is the sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic and in my opinion surpasses even that excellent first book. There will definitely be spoilers for book one below, so check out my review of it instead if you haven’t read it (and go get a copy ASAP). For the rest of you, what can I say besides A Gathering of Shadows had more of pretty much everything awesome? More world development, more magic, more wonderful characters to love, and more Lila and Kell shenanigans!

Note: I received an advanced copy of A Gathering of Shadows from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab {4.5 Stars}

A Gathering of Shadows by Victoria Schwab (Shades of Magic #2)
Published by Tor Books on Feb. 23rd, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 512 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. Four months since his path crossed with Delilah Bard. Four months since Rhy was wounded and the Dane twins fell, and the stone was cast with Holland’s dying body through the rift, and into Black London.

In many ways, things have almost returned to normal, though Rhy is more sober, and Kell is now plagued by his guilt. Restless, and having given up smuggling, Kell is visited by dreams of ominous magical events, waking only to think of Lila, who disappeared from the docks like she always meant to do. As Red London finalizes preparations for the Element Games—an extravagant international competition of magic, meant to entertain and keep healthy the ties between neighboring countries—a certain pirate ship draws closer, carrying old friends back into port.

But while Red London is caught up in the pageantry and thrills of the Games, another London is coming back to life, and those who were thought to be forever gone have returned. After all, a shadow that was gone in the night reappears in the morning, and so it seems Black London has risen again—meaning that another London must fall.

4.5 Stars

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab {4 Stars}

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab weaves a fantastical tale of four worlds that intersect over London, one of which has been consumed by magic, one that is starving for magic, one that is in its prime, and one like our own where magic is make believe. The series A Darker Shade of Magic promises to be of truly epic and imaginative proportions and I can’t freaking wait! Loved Mistborn? Read A Darker Shade of Magic!

Note: I received an advanced copy of A Darker Shade of Magic from the publisher.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab {4 Stars}

A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic #1)
Published by Tor Books on Feb. 24th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 400 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London - but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her 'proper adventure'.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.

4 Stars

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Vicious by Victoria Schwab {4 Stars}

Vicious by Victoria Schwab turns the superhero story on it’s head with near death experiences being necessary to develop superpowers, and those superpowers being determined by your last thoughts as you are dying. Not to mention that our protagonist seems to be evil and the villain at first glance appears to be the hero. I love gray characters :D.

Note: I received Vicious from the fantabulous Pabkins!

Vicious by Victoria Schwab {4 Stars}

Vicious by Victoria Schwab
Published by Tor Books on September 24th, 2013
Genres: Adult, Sci-fi
Page Length: 368 pages
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Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

4 Stars

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