Book Review: A CONJURING OF LIGHT (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab

The conclusion to a magical trilogy.



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.



Title: A Conjuring of Light

Series: Shades of Magic #3

Author: V.E. Schwab

Publication: February 21, 2017 by Tor Books

Genre: Fantasy

Target audience: New Adult, Young Adult

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Rating: 🌵🌵🌵


I love V.E. Schwab and I loved A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows. But for some reason, A Conjuring of Light just fell flat for me.

The first half of the book was so boring, I felt like sobbing. I didn’t expect not to love it. Not at all. The villain who, in the previous book actually caught my interest, was stupid as f*ck and didn’t make any sense. Things kind of happened and I kind of didn’t care.

THEN, halfway through the book, hope already lost, the plot picks up. I screamed into my pillow, so relieved was I.

Alas, the supposed climax left me cold. I expected more. I expected the unexpected.


The book ending left me with questions, so many things unexplained.

Kell’s background.

Lila’s background. I mean, how- what- why-??? How can she be Antari and a Grey-Worlder at the same time? Is she originally from another world? What happened? What happened to her eye? And if she’s just a girl from Grey London, then how the f*ck is it possible for her to be an Antari?

Explain V.E. Schwab.

But as you can see from my rating, I didn’t hate it. Because this book has a few redeeming qualities.

Schwab’s writing was, as always, perfect. Period.

I loved Rhy’s development. I simply love Rhy.

I didn’t like Holland in the other books. Can’t say I like him here, but- oh man. That is the background I wanted for Kell and Lila. That is the depth I wanted. Holland is an amazing character and it makes me so sad that the main characters of the series couldn’t measure up to him.


I have not given up on V.E. Schwab. How could I? I love her. And she announced a new series, Threads of Power, and I hope – I hope so much – that it will answer all my questions.

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