Review of “A Conjuring of Light” (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab

Schwab, V.E. A Conjuring of Light. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 2017. 

Hardcover | $25.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-0765387462 | 624 pages | Fantasy

4 stars

After the cliffhanger ending of the last book, I found myself disappointed with how quickly the dilemma of that setup was quickly resolved within the first several chapters, only to resume the same dreaded pace that I had become familiar with in the series of spending way too long on numerous POV characters, some of whom seem inconsequential, before really building up the action. But once the action commences, it is truly a great conclusion to the series, demonstrating how far the characters have come since the first book, culminating in a bloody and exciting battle.

It’s great to see how Rhy has come into his own, especially since by the end, he has greater responsibility than he has had previously. I enjoyed getting greater insight into Holland’s backstory, which made him a much more sympathetic character. I also loved seeing the romances come to fruition, albeit in a subtle way. And while it was great to see how Kell and Lila ended up, my happiest moment was seeing Alucard and Rhy end up together, especially given their past that was explored in this book and the previous one.

But I did feel that the chapters from anyone beyond Kell, Lila, Rhy, Holland, Alucard, and maybe Ojka, made the story drag a little. While I did enjoy the chapters in Grey London, from Ned Tuttle’s perspective, they don’t add much to the overall plot.

 

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