Review: A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 624 (US Hardcover)

Publication Date: 21 February 2017

My rating: ALL THE STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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.”

Goodreads synopsis:

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.


From the very first page, A Conjuring of Light is a novel that begs to be read at all hours of the day into the wee hours of the night. A Conjuring of Light picks up where A Gathering of Shadows leaves off with lives hanging in the balance as Kell, Lila, Rhy and Alucard fight against the growing darkness that continues to spread its way through Red London. Appearances by characters from the past make for encounters of the entertaining and tumultuous sorts. The fight for power and dominance runs rampant in this book as the darkness uses any means necessary to ensure victory. The powers, and limits, of our four favourite main characters are truly tested at every turn of the page.

If you’re looking for a book that won’t wreck havoc on your emotions (or your sleeping schedule), look elsewhere because from start to finish, this book is an emotional rollercoaster. I was constantly holding my breath and fearing for the lives the characters, some of whose outcomes are not quite so positive. This book was certainly my favourite of the trilogy; the perfect end to a spectacular series. I wanted to savour each page, each line, each word while also wanting to read it as fast as humanly possible.  V.E. Schwab is a true wordsmith; it’s so apparent how much time she spends crafting each sentence into the perfect line.

From the moment I finished this book a few weeks ago, I had a difficult time putting my feelings about this book into words. Even now, I struggle to find the words to properly express how much I enjoyed this book and the feelings I experienced as I read the final chapter, knowing my time with Kell, Lila, Rhy and Alucard was coming to an end. This book was phenomenal, stunning, heart-wrenching, funny, and downright amazing. Every positive adjective I can possibly think of could and should be applied to this book. I haven’t felt this strongly about a book in a while and I can’t say enough how much I loved it!

If the Shades of Magic trilogy is not on your to-read list, this is a problem that immediately needs to be rectified because this series is fantasy at its finest. One of the best adult fantasy series out there and one that will certainly be a recommendation of mine to any and all who will listen. I am forever grateful to V.E. Schwab for creating such a wonderful series full of action and heart. It was, dare I say, downright magical. This series does not get nearly enough love, though hopefully this will change. I know one thing for certain: I will be shouting this series’ praises from the rooftops for years to come.

Have you had the chance to read this amazing series? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear all about them!

Until next time,



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