Title: A Conjuring of Light
Author: V. E. Schwab
Genre: Science Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Fantasy Fiction, Gaslamp Fantasy
Publish Date: February 1, 2017
Date Read: March 27-28, 2019
Number of Pages: 624
Summary on Back:
The Balance of power has finally tipped…
The precarious equilibruim among the 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.
This is the third and final book of the Shades of Magic series and I loved it so much. It was a fun, albeit a wild ride.
*Spoilers ahead: read at your own risk*
We got to learn at least a little bit about Kell’s backstory through Maris. Eventually he came to the decision that he didn’t want to let go of what he has now. That’s an important decision because he may have ended up learning something he wouldn’t have wanted to know. I still wonder though if the memory tattoo will ever come off.
We also got to learn about Holland’s backstory and my heart hurts for him. His brother who’d always cared for him tried to kill him. The girl he loved betrayed him too and tried to kill him. The one person who didn’t try and kill him was Vor, but Vor still died at the hands of the Dane twins. Kell was the only one who tried to be understanding and nice to him, yet he was still willing to sacrifice his magic, if not, himself for a world that wasn’t even his. A world he wasn’t welcome in. His death at the end made me so sad. He died all alone. Part of me wishes that he could have lived a normal life after that, but that would be damn near impossible after all he’d been through and all he’d given up. At least he’s at peace now and I know he would have preferred to die in White London than in Red London so it’s good he did. I wonder if Kell will ever know that Holland died right after he left him.
The other deaths also made me sad, like those of Lenos and Hastra. They were both sweet and innocent and deserved so much more. Hastra had once said that he would be willing to give his life for Kell and Kell said he never wanted it to come to that and Hastra agreed. It did come to that… The deaths of the king and queen were also sad. The queen never got to even read the king’s letter for her. I wonder if Rhy and Kell read their letters. I’m glad that Maxim and Emira made more attempts in this book for Kell.
This book also had slight bits of humor hear and there which was nice. I liked how it ended the series. Everything was tied up. Alucard and Rhy got together, Rhy became king, Lila got her own ship, and Kell finally got to travel the world. It’s too bad that Rhy and Kell couldn’t go on the trip Rhy had planned but as he said, a king has his duties. I’m going to miss these characters. Anoshe.
"'On vis och,' he told himself. Dawn to dusk. A phrase that meant two things in his native tongue. A fresh start. A good end." -------------------------------- "Anoshe brought solace. And hope. And the strength to let go."