SO, SO WORTH THE WAIT!!
In case you didn’t know, Shades of Magic is definitely one of my MOST favorite fantasy so naturally, I was really looking forward to this book. And guysss, the wait was so worth it because THIS IS AMAZING! This book is EVERYTHING I wanted and MORE ♥ This is one of those books that is SO GOOD it’s hard to review….. so bear with me while I try to find words? 😛
Plot wise, there’s no doubt this book was splendid. It picked up right where we left off on A Gathering of Shadows when Lila tried to go after Kell to White London. So yeah, we’re getting action since the first chapter and IT WAS INTENSE. I was already on edge from the start and stayed there until 5 chapters before the end. However, it wasn’t… as brutal as I feared it would be. Don’t get me wrong, it was VERY brutal with blood and deaths everywhere but I was kinda expecting something even more brutal. I’m morbid, I know.
But that really doesn’t change the fact that I was anxious the whole time! I was so, so worried that my babies weren’t gonna make it out alive </3 I seriously considered reading the last page just to see who dies and who survives… but I resisted, because element of surprise is my favorite part from a book. I’m not gonna tell you either, but if you wanna know or think that you can’t handle the anxiety of not knowing, just ask me 🙂
Even in the final book, Schwab still successfully surprised me with her flawless world building. There are a couple of new elements and rules when it comes to magic but everything is consistent and in line. Even the additional element felt as if it was carefully planned (which I’m sure is true) rather than an afterthought like we sometimes find in other series. Unlike the previous two books, the pace was pretty fast.
My favorite part of this book is THE CHARACTERS. I have so much love for the characters even the side ones and their relationships and I don’t even know where to start….
You probably already knew how much I love Kell but BOY DO I LOVE THIS DUDE SO MUCH!! His character is just sooo unique and funny! I love that we got to see even more sides of him! I love that he loooooves skulking and it’s actually funny ok? I can see why Rhy, Alucard, and Lila loves to rile him. Speaking about Lila… we got to see MORE of Kell and Lila! I’m so glad they’ve established their feeling for each other in AGOS so we got to see a lot of Kell and Lila’s moments here! ♥
I’ve always loved Lila but never this much because she’s too… too fearless and reckless to the point where I questioned her sensibility–or lack thereof. But in this book I feel like she grew so much? She started to see things from other people’s perspective without being out of character. I think one of my turning point was when she started to consider Kell’s opinion about Holland and actually warmed up to him.
Holland is another character who successfully grew on me. I always liked Holland’s character (not Holland himself) because it’s so complex, but in this book… we got to see so much more of him, from his childhood to his deepest & darkest secrets. It’s… tragic. He was always misunderstood, but I loved seeing his growing relationship with Kell, Lila, and even Alucard.
Just like Lila, Rhy also grew to be much more sensible in this book. And yayyy we got to see more of Alucard and Rhy! We also got to see more of Alucard’s past and it was amazing. He’s actually a very loving and caring man ♥ but to me, the best thing about him from this book is his relationship with Kell! Their constant bickering gave me life. They’re like cranky old people who don’t want to share Rhy 😂 I think one of the reason why this book didn’t feel as brutal for me was because of this… their bickering was very comical.
Other than the main characters, we also got to know more the side characters like King Maxim, Queen Emira, Tieren, Hastra, and Ojka and I just… I loved them to bits and pieces!
Another amazing thing from this book is that this book evoked so much emotion in me!! I cared so much for the characters so it made me sad to see things (bad things!) happened to them… the whole time I went from excited to scared to happy to sad and devastated. I don’t usually cry over fantasy books but this time I did 😂😂
ALL IN ALL, A Conjuring of Light is a fantastic, splendid closure to the series I loved most. It was brutal, medium-paced, comical, and simply amazing. The characters are beyond amazing, the interaction between them even more so. It will probably wreck your soul but in a good way. I have so much love for this book and I can’t wait to read Schwab’s next masterpiece! ♥
Book Title : A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3)
Author : V.E. Schwab
Publisher : Titan Books
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.
Have you read A Conjuring of Light? What do you think about it? Were you happy, sad, satisfied, angry? Because I’ve been through all that emotion hahaha is there any of you who haven’t read the Shades of Magic Series? If there is then what are you waiting for? Get out of here and start reading! 😛
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