Book Review: A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) – V.E. Schwab

3 stars

Title: A Conjuring of Light
Author: V.E. Schwab
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication date:  February 21st 2017
Genre: Fantasy


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.


read my review of A Darker Shade of Magic here
Read my review of A Gathering of Shadows here

I’m a bit disappointed by this book and I totally expected this book to be amazing! After an incredible second book, the third fell a bit flat for me. The biggest part of this book was dedicated to Osaron, and Osaron is one of the most boring villains I ever read about.
We met Osaron in the second book, and the first thing I noticed about him back then was that his vocabulary isn’t very large. The bad thing about him in the third book: I don’t think he uses sentences that he hadn’t already used in the previous book. I started to get really annoyed by some of his sentences. I wanted to start throwing and breaking things after the hunderth time I read the same sentences or the same dialogue. A list of 90% of his vocabulary:

  • Let me in (I’m going to slap the next person who asks to let them in, in the face)
  • Have you come to bow?
  • I am a God
  • It’s not enough
  • let me in
  • let me in
  • let me in
  • let me in
  • let me in

I really feel like 50% of the dialogues that had Osaron in them could have been skipped. After the first 100 pages we just didn’t learn anything new from those conversations, it didn’t add any other value to the story. It’s actually ALWAYS EXACTLY THE SAME and the book could have been 200 pages lighter and had saved some precious trees without loosing anything that mattered. It was just completely impossible to have a decent conversation with the guy because no matter what you asked him, you got the same answer.
I think every important characters (this book has quite a few important characters) has had a conversation with Osaron in their head at one point in this book and some of them had the same conversation a few times. At one point I contemplated skipping the parts that involved Osaron, but out of fear of missing something important I kept reading them. Now I know I wouldn’t have missed a thing, I would have just finished this book a week earlier.

I did miss Lila in this book. She was the most important character in the second book and made that book so amazing. But in this book she becomes a bit more part of the background story, especially in the first part. After her amazing character development in the second book it felt like she took 10 steps back and went back to the not trusting, and sometimes really mean girl she was in the first book.
In the last 25% of the book there is more room for her character and she has some amazing scenes with Kell. Those parts were really enjoyable but there weren’t nearly enough of those in this book.

The second half of this book was much better than the first part. Less Osaron and more room for the other story lines. Some really unexpected thing happened and there were a lot more emotions in this part.
To be honest the only thing I really liked about this book were the last 10 pages. The ending closed this series perfectly. It was really nice to see everything come to a close.

I can’t say that I didn’t like this book. It’s a fairly good book, it’s just so different from the first two books and I expected it to be better.

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  • Lila is one of my favorite characters just based on the first book! I have to say everything I’ve read about this makes me wonder if I should finish the series or just leave her the way she is in my mind.
    Great review 🙂

    • I thought the second book was the best in the series so you definitely need to read that one ?
      And a lot of people loved the last book as well. It wasn’t a bad book. After the second book I just felt a little bit disappointed by the third ?
      Happy reading!

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