There are no spoilers in this review until a certain point. Start reading with no fears.
I discovered The Shades of Magic series thanks to book blogging and to be completely honest with you, I had no idea whether or not I would enjoy it. I wasn’t such a huge fantasy reader at the time, and if I’m not the most fantasy reader there is now, either, I’m getting to it. I think part of my enjoyment for this genre has to come thanks to this series. Teaching me just how magical fantasy really is.
AN EPIC ENDING TO THE SERIES
“In myths, the hero survives. The evil is vanquished. The world is set right. Sometimes there are celebrations, and sometimes there are funerals. The dead are buried. The living move on. Nothing changes. Everything changes. This is a myth. This is not a myth.”
When you’re faced with a trilogy, you’re always afraid that the second and most importantly, the last book of a series won’t measure up to everything else. Open endings, characters left with no answers, everything feels rushed, and so on. There are so many ways to mess up a perfectly good series by ruining the ending, really. I was so, so thrilled that it did not happen with A Conjuring of Light.
Following up with the ending of A Gathering of Shadows, the first few pages of A Conjuring of Light directly throws you into the heart of the action. No time to take a breath, no time to realize what world you’re into again and what’s happening. Breathless and freaking out within the first pages, it’s not enough to say that the author definitely has a talent to draw you into her story with her words. I was very happy about this beginning because it started up greatly where the other two books kind of failed to take a hold of my attention. In the first two books, I thought, if the beginning were definitely well-brought and built, the action felt a bit slow to come and, with the change of point of view, failed, at first, to completely draw me in. A Conjuring Of Light definitely managed to do that within the first pages and until the last ones. I was holding my breath the whole time and had absolutely no time to get bored, despite the length of this book -more than 600 pages.
“Life isn’t made of choices,” said Holland. “It’s made of trades. Some are good, some are bad, but they all have a cost.”
On the world-building, there is also so much to say that I wouldn’t know where to start. Reading ACOL is like getting into an adventure, filled with magic, twists and turns, pirates and evil shadows…It’s everything you can expect from a book like that. And maybe because it’s the last book, it’s even more of an adventure than before.
CHARACTERS: A+ / RELATIONSHIPS: A+++++
“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.”
I think one of the most impressive things in this series is how it manages to be both consistent and brilliant in world AND characters building. Every character in this is so well fleshed out, I cared for every single one of them, whether they were the actual good or bad guys, the first or secondary characters, they all have their own stories, past, present, future, feelings and we all get deep inside of them and just dissect them to a point where it’s impressive how much, and how well the characters are made. Hats off, really.
“She was a thief, a runaway, a pirate, a magician.
She was fierce, and powerful, and terrifying.
She was still a mystery.
And he loved her.”
Relationships are all complex and made me fall in love over, and over again. Whether it’s love, friendships or family, it’s all so good. I have a weakness for siblings relationships: Kell and Rhy’s made my heart burst with happiness and sadness at the same time. They were my ultimate favorites here. I also loved how Kell and Lila’s relationship developed in the story, everything felt very natural between them and I loved how they grew. Rhy and Alucard’s relationship made me FEEL so many things. I’m not over it yet.
[SPOILERS]I also have to mention how much I loved the family here in this book, the royal family and how everything and everyone had their part in the story, took responsibility, moved and tried to battle evil and everything. SUCH a complex world with each character being there and important. Also, cue the tears now.
Another mention for Hastra because I loved him way too much and my heart is breaking all over again writing this. [SPOILERS]
If you haven’t read the Shade of Magic series yet, DO IT. Adventure, magic, incredible world-building and lots of feelings. The perfect example of a book where characters and world collide to make something that seemed almost quite like a perfect fantasy.
Final rating: 4 drops!
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V. E. Schwab, A Conjuring of Light, Published by Tor Books, February 21st 2017.
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.