A Conjuring of Light. V.E. Schwab. Fantasy/Young Adult. 2017. 624 pages. 5 stars.
Life isn’t made of choices, it’s made of trades. Some are good, some are bad, but they all have a cost.
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.
Well, that was one hell of a finale. A Conjuring of Light was a mix of moments where I fell asleep, was on the edge of my seat, and everything in between. Everyone told me that this series gets better with each book, and guess what, they were absolutely right.
Let’s start with the major characters.
KELL: I’ve come to love him. He’s a character who was clearly mistreated. I sympathized with him whenever he felt like a prisoner. Like a possession rather than his own person. We can definitely see his struggle especially knowing that his life is bound to Rhy. It’s now a conflict between duty and desire.
RHY: His. Lines. Were. So. Good. I would laugh out loud at his witty commentary despite the dire situation at hand. While he wasn’t present in the scenes where the most action took place, he was still a major character we can’t discard. As for his backstory with Alucard, I’ve slowly come to ship them more than I ship Kell and Lila. Woopsies.
ALUCARD: Definitely my favorite character in this series. Cunning, witty, funny, whilst also caring, Alucard Emery has won my heart with his many acts. I don’t care if he’s not Antari, I would bet on Alucard any day.
LILA: Errrr I kinda have mixed feelings for her. While I do like her linking with Kell, I don’t like how she always seems to come out unscathed. Her luck has to run out. And it still hasn’t. Three books in and we rarely get to see her struggle. She’s pegged to be the “sneaky and clever thief” but it’s overdone to the point that it’s unrealistic and annoying.
HOLLAND: YALL HOLLAND WAS DONE SO DIRTY IN THIS BOOK? THE DISRESPECT. HE DESERVED BETTER. HE DIDN’T DESERVE THE SHIT DONE TO HIM. NOT ONE. I DON’T CARE WHAT YOU SAY. HOLLAND. IS. INNOCENT.
Let’s talk about the plot.
I felt like it was too all over the place. I get that finales have to go out with a bang, but for the first half I was sitting there wondering why I felt like this book was a mess when it came to the plot.
I figured that it was because I loved the premise of its predecessor, A Gathering of Shadows, more than I did A Darker Shade of Magic. I loved the lack of chaos. And now, when all that seems to be happening was chaos, I was turned off. Not to say that the plot in itself was terrible. I just had a hard time managing my expectations.
However, the second half won me over. The adventure trope was great for its world building. Even on its third book, V.E. Schwab managed to pull off world building at the finale. I loved the expanding of the universe of this series. It gave it more color and life. Not only are we getting to know the different Londons, we’re getting to know their respective worlds!
I loved the nonlinear timeline when we started getting more backstory on Holland (AND RIGHTFULLY SO). It disillusioned the idea that Holland was the villain as opposed to a hero dealt with a bad hand.
Let’s talk about that makeout scene in the ship.
HOLY GOD. That scene was so steamy it made up for the slow burn of a romance. I loved it.
I never knew Kell could be so kinky.
Let’s talk about the ending.
I was wracked with emotions reading it. I know I was never the biggest fan of this series, but it has slowly grown on me. I didn’t realize how much I liked this series until it was ending. Each character’s goodbye was more painful than the last.
While it wrapped up nicely, I refuse to believe that this is the end of this series. The last chapter left for something to be opened up again eventually and I’ll be here when it does.