|Print List Price:||$17.99|
Save $6.00 (33%)
Price set by seller.
Your Memberships & Subscriptions
A Conjuring of Light: A Novel (Shades of Magic Book 3) Kindle Edition
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Entertainment Weekly's 27 Female Authors Who Rule Sci-Fi and Fantasy Right Now
"Flawless prose...the bittersweet conclusion is a fitting one for a fantastic,emotionally rich series that redefines epic." ―Publishers Weekly, starred review, on A Conjuring of Light
"Desperate gambits, magical battles, and meaningful sacrifice make this a thrilling read.” ―Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on A Conjuring of Light
"Adventure beckons, and Schwab's smart, exhilarating story doesn't let go until the very end. And, not even then." ―Shelf Awareness for Readers on A Conjuring of Light
"The book is still filled with incident and emotion, with difficulty and heartbreak and anger. And it frankly feels subversive." ―NPR on A Gathering of Shadows
"[This has] all the hallmarks of a classic work of fantasy. Its plot is gripping. Its characters are memorable. [Its setting] is otherworldly yet believable. Schwab has given us a gem of a tale...This is a book to treasure." ―Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of The All Souls trilogy
"Full of magic, intrigue, adventure, deception, a bit of piracy...this will engage both adult and young adult fantasy readers alike.” ―Booklist on A Darker Shade of Magic
About the Author
- ASIN : B01EROMI2M
- Publisher : Tor Books (February 21, 2017)
- Publication date : February 21, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 7588 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 642 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,679 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Reviews with images
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I adored A Darker Shade of Magic when I first visited the four Londons of V.E. Schwab's world. It quickly made my list of must-read fantasies. Then came A Gathering of Shadows and all hell broke loose. So much happened and so fast that I was left in a daze upon finishing and forced to wait for what seemed like an eternity until A Conjuring of Light released.
Honestly, I was dreading the release a bit because it meant the end of the Shades of Magic series and I wasn't ready for that. I'm still not ready and I've already read it. So right, the book. Was it good?
Do you really need to ask me that?
I'll start by saying that while A Gathering of Shadows was crazy action and all sorts of things happening at once, A Conjuring of Light slowed things down a bit but not in a bad way. Loose ends needed to be tied up and I think of the three books, this was the most emotional both from the story perspective as well as reading it.
AGOS left off on a major cliffhanger that's quickly addressed at the beginning of ACOL but that's not the worst thing the gang has to deal with this time around. Where the book lacked some of the action of previous installments, it more than made up for it with the relationships between all the characters. Everyone has a part to play and are forced to make heartbreaking decisions that had me flying from one page to the next.
Goodness, this is hard without spoiling something from a previous book.
So the big bad from Black London has decided to take over a new world and while it's a battle of who will come out on top at the end of the day, there's a lot of backstory dropped into this one that you don't see in previous books. Holland, for example, gets a whole damn history written for him and I was internally bawling (just wait, the tears broke through by the end). He's a character that I loved to hate in ADSOM, then he began redeeming himself (marginally) in AGOS, and finally came around in ACOL.
Though he can't hold a candle to my ships. Last book we met Alucard and I fell in love with an unavailable "privateer" (I mean, Kell is my one true love so that's alright, I'll fight Lila). The sailor and Rhy needed a happy ending and I was screaming every few chapters because it was constantly under attack. There were moments I may have had a minor freak out. No big deal.
Those two had the biggest struggle of my ships. To be honest, I expected more with Lila and Kell but the two had that unspoken relationship where you know they're a thing but nothing is ever said. It comes through their actions. They did relatively well throughout the whole book, though had their respective personal struggles as well as balancing the dynamic of the entire group.
Somehow I've kept it together this far but just give me a moment. I have to talk about the ending.
First, every time I see the word Anoshe I start tearing up (and yes, that includes when I typed it). But it's nothing compared to when I reached that first conclusion of the story. You know, that moment when everything is (relatively) alright and what's coming up is the wrap-up, the conclusion to the conclusion.
I stopped reading, 17 pages to go. And I sat there, fighting the tears and the lump in my throat because somehow all those emotions snuck up on me. I don't cry very often, like ever really. And never over a book.
Almost ruined the pages with tears, y'all. Moved it just in time.
And so I picked up the book once more and I read those last 17 pages and closed it, completing the end of an extraordinary fantasy series. I have never had such a strong reaction to a series ending. Ever. And I'm not sure I will again.
Don't let these books go to the wayside. If you haven't started the series and decided to read this review anyway, I'm very confused but alright, now go read them! And if you're putting off ACOL... I understand. You'll likely never be ready for the end but know that you're not alone in that. And I don't think there's anything else I can truly say as my heart hurts too much to put those feelings in words. I'll just leave you with one that, if it holds no meaning now, it soon will.
Book 1 was a satisfactory burst of originality, drawing enough comparisons to many other prior fantasy novels to be considered a member of that clique, but perhaps not original *enough* to set itself above or even high in that clique. Score: 3 and half to 4 stars.
Book 2 continued to make a nod toward ideas that came before, namely the main event, the Elemental Games, which drew the obvious comparison in name to the Hunger Games but was actually more akin to the Triwizard Tournament from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The Games were less exciting than I expected, mostly because of the obvious parallel to those works (felt like I'd been there before), but also because the entire book was slow until it ended on a cliffhanger involving Kell, whose action which brought about the cliffhanger is rather unbelievable. Score: 3 stars.
Now, for Book 3. If you've read to Book 2, you *have* to read the third book because of the damn cliffhanger. My issue with this book is the lack in character development. I've read other reviews that comment on the abundance of character development, reviews written by people who read the books in the same way I did (over a period of less than a week). With such an uninterrupted amount of time to simply read, it's clear who develops into a round character and who doesn't. In my opinion (and I acknowledge that there are many opinions that might not agree with this), no one developed in a significant way.
Yes, Book 1 Rhy is a sheltered, spoiled prince but he's not a jerk and his desires to be a good brother, a good king, etc. remain the same throughout. Yes, Book 1 Lila is a lost little puppy without a purpose and by Book 3 she's found her calling. But her hasty, off-the-cuff actions are always used as a plot device to further the action.
Yes, Book 1 Kell is flawed: arrogant, broody-without-a-cause, weak, too emotional. And Book 3 Kell is the exact same.
All other characters might as well be considered wiser, weaker, or more damaged extensions of these three.
The story was unpredictable, yes. But I found myself less thrilled and more confused by the erratic nature of the action. One of the things I liked about the first book was the lack in detail of the magic; any story about magicians that delves too far into the magic or starts introducing new magic in the final act loses credibility and by the end of this book, I felt that line had been crossed. It's probably a hard thing to manage, even J.K. Rowling wasn't immune to that pitfall (see Deathly Hallows). And, finally, as others have noted, the final pages left a lot to be desired. It's another pitfall: book got to be too long, had to end it soon, so the author just sawed it off and left it rough around the edges rather than smooth.
It's not the worst book I've read, it's not the best series I've read. But if you started it, you have to finish it.
Top reviews from other countries
I review every book I read, so I had to write this review. But honestly - and I don't say this very often - I'd probably advise you to ignore my three star review and focus on all the four and five star ones.
I really don't know what it is about me and this series. It's objectively pretty well written and well plotted, and subjectively, it's got a lot of the elements I like in my fiction. But somehow, the characters and the stories never really get into my heart and mind. It's a bit like going on a date with someone who's a lovely person and perfect for you on paper, and having a perfectly nice evening but not feeling any real spark of attraction.
Book two came close to tipping me over the edge into actually loving the series, mostly due to the more narrowly focussed plot and the brilliant addition to the cast of Alucard. But here, the energy seemed to drain away again.
This time around, my favourite element was the reintroduction of and getting to learn about his lifestory and see his human side. At times, when he was on the page or when there was a particularly interesting plot development or dramatic or romantic scene, it almost ensnared me. Then it'd lose me again.
Even with my fairly mixed feelings, I'm suggesting this is worth a read. And nearly everyone else's view is that it's a must read. So definitely pick up a coffee. Just if you're anything like me, be prepared for slight disappointment.
The book features the fight for red London and resolves the relationship issues between Kell, Delilah, Rhy and Alucard. Along the way we learn more about each one of them and begin to understand some of the previous events in the story. We also watch the characters grow and change which is a delight especially as they begin to understand each other better. My particular favourite character has always been Delilah and I really enjoyed how the author slotted her narrative into the overall story without compromising her independence and free spirit. All of the characters are flawed but they all have the opportunity for redemption whether or not they take it.
The book is full of action and enhanced by some excellent banter between characters. It is a not a long book but i felt that the author made it all count.
If you are a fan of fantasy then this is an excellent series. It is original and full of humour. The worldbuilding works and the author makes her alternative reality very believable. An excellent read
I love the world Schwab has built. The piratey parts of A Gathering of Shadows, part two in the series, were so vivid for me, as were the busy, bustling Night Market scenes during the magical tournament, which reminded a lot of the feel of the Quidditch World Cup in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I guess it is extra magical as multiple world have been built. There is Red London, Grey London, Black London, and White London, each with their different feels. Kell is one of the last travellers or Antari, a type of magic person who can travel between these worlds.
A Conjuring of Light gives us Red London, directly after the magical fighting tournament it has hosted, under siege from an evil magical force, Osaron, with the royal palace at the centre of all the how-do-we-defeat-Osaron planning. The palace is packed with various visiting members of royalty, noblemen and tournament magicians with Prince Rhy, his brother Kell, Lila (who is also an Antari, it turns out), Alucard, Alucard's cat, the King, the Queen, all strategising ways to save the people of Red London and defeat the evil magic.
Schwab is just an incredible crafter of scenes, each chapter with its own arc, and not very long chapters too, keeping the pace up and giving us various different points of view. You really should just read this if you haven't yet. Also if you haven't read any of the trilogy yet, please forget all of the above so you are spoiler free!
Schwab had hinted that this isn't the end for this incredibly built world. I'm keeping my fingers crossed she brings us more of Lila and Kell. And Rhy and Alucard. I'd take an Alucard's cat story too.
And what a finale it was. A Conjuring of Light follows on from the intense ending of A Gathering of Shadows, never missing a beat. A darkness greater than ever before spreads from one world to another, with the power to destroy anything that does not bend under its influence. But there are still an impossible few unwilling to fall to their knees, and as unlikely as they are, together they might just have a chance to save their worlds.
There was so much action in this book, with some fight scenes that were beyond epic. But I often struggle to follow battle scenes, and besides, what I was really in it for was the characters. The rebellious prince and the runaway privateer. The red-haired magician and the magician who's will wasn't his own. And of course the thief turned pirate; the cross-dressing impossible girl. Kell and Lila I loved from the start and Rhy and Alucard I fell for in book 2, but there I was, nearing the end of an era, and I still felt I knew them better with every page. And although I never connected much with Holland, his story and development broke my heart.
I lived for every interaction between these five characters, whether it was the words never said between them or a literal punch in the face. Their dynamics were what made this book special beyond the first two in the series.
"What are we drinking to?" / "The living," said Rhy. / "The dead," said Alucard and Lila at the same time. / "We're being thorough," added Rhy.
There were times when it was not the characters, but the beauty of the writing in and of itself that made me tear up. Schwab wove small and seemingly insignificant strands in the first two books to help shape the third, and even echoed old lines, reinforcing their power, combined with new lines that were just as majestic.
"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."
No series is without its flaws, but this is one that I will be keeping close to my heart.
Warnings: blood, death, violence, self-harm, sexual scenes
Diversity Note: genderfluid character and POC bisexual character (labels not specified in book)