Book review: A Conjuring of Light

A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

From Goodreads (may contain spoilers for previous books in the series)

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.


3.5 stars

It’s taken me FOREVER to write this review because my feelings for this book have been all over. Like, I think I finished this in JANUARY and I still haven’t had the motivation to write this review.

I think this was such a great conclusion to the trilogy. It was super action-packed and fast-paced, yet we had some great character moments.

If you remember my review of the second book, my biggest complaint was that Lila and Kell were both a bit much. Their characters played into their stereotypes too much and it bugged me. Luckily, that wasn’t as much of the case in this book. They were much more enjoyable and better characters, and I loved seeing them interact.

I also loved all the side characters. We get to see more of the king and queen, which I loved. I wish we saw more of them in the other books because they were such great characters and were used so well in this book. We got to see them more as rulers and people and parents, and it was great. Rhy and Alucard were also great and I loved seeing them and their interactions.

I have two main issues with this book. First, it is so long.Which, if this was one of my favourite series, wouldn’t be a problem. But there were some things that just felt dragged out and unnecessary and I wish happened faster.

Second, the part of Kell and his history. I just. That was so lazy. SO LAZY. I mean, on the one hand I’m glad that was another part that wasn’t dragged the fuck out, but also SO LAZY.

The ending fight scene was great, though, and the ultimate end was good as well.

Overall, a great conclusion to the series, just too damn long for my tastes. I’m thinking of writing a trilogy review, so hopefully that’ll be up soon and can explain my feelings for the whole trilogy better.

Thanks for reading! xx

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