Book Review: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

acolA Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Published by Tor Books on February 21, 2017

Genres: Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Magic

Pages: 624 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

5/5 Stars

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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.

Was I at all prepared for the Shades of Magic series to end? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Did A Conjuring of Light surpass my ridiculously high expectations? WITHOUT A DOUBT! Was I left a sobbing mess? OF COURSE! Victoria Schwab has done it again with this final installment full of adventure, suffering, romance, pain, and lots and lots of magic. It picks up right as A Gathering of Shadows ends and while I won’t spoil anything major proceed with caution.

Darkness & Light

When we left Kell, Rhy, Lila, Alucard and all the rest on that impossible cliffhanger it was clear deep trouble was heading Red London’s way. Osaron wastes no time in bringing disaster and destruction to the streets and our protagonists are left reeling. The action is intense and the fight scenes so brilliantly planned out. There’s blood, blood, blood and more blood and the inner turmoil for all our characters is so intense.

Schwab is a master of weaving together action and adventure with such deep emotional undercurrents. She gives the reader slivers of hope even when it appears there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Honestly this keeps my fear level at like 10,000 % until the very last page but that just means its a gripping tale. My heart was in my throat the entire time but I wouldn’t have it any other way.


I’m not ready to say goodbye to this brilliant world with four different Londons populated by the likes of Kell, Lila, Rhy, and Alucard. All of them are a gift for life. Kell and his selflessness, Rhy and his kindness, Lila and her badassery, and Alucard and his sass. And don’t even get me started on Holland. I didn’t think it was possible to love them more and ACOL proved me oh so wrong. This book was the perfect parting and Anoshe the perfect word. I won’t spoil the meaning but it reflects my heart and soul.

Honestly my thoughts cannot even begin to do justice to the masterpiece that Victoria Schwab has graced us with in A Conjuring of Light. Everything about this book and the series as a whole speaks to me and these Londons and characters will stick with me for a very long time. If you haven’t picked up the Shades of Magic series yet I implore you to check out A Darker Shade of Magic immediately. Be prepared for a roller coaster of emotions but know that its totally worth it!

So, are you on the other side of A Conjuring of Light? Already chomping at the bit to reread it? Finally ready to start this phenomenal series? Let me know in the comments below!


2 thoughts on “Book Review: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

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