A Conjuring Of Light: A Novel by V. E. SchwabA Conjuring Of Light: A Novel by V. E. Schwab

A Conjuring Of Light: A Novel

byV. E. Schwab

Hardcover | February 21, 2017

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Witness the fate of beloved heroes and notorious foes in the heart-stopping conclusion to V.E. Schwab's New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy.

*Kirkus' Best Fiction of 2017*

As darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, the once precarious balance of power among the four Londons has reached its breaking point.

In the wake of tragedy, Kell-once assumed to be the last surviving Antari-begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. 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.

An ancient enemy returns to claim a city while a fallen hero tries to save a kingdom in decay. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

Shades of Magic series
1. A Darker Shade of Magic
2. A Gathering of Shadows
3. A Conjuring of Light

VICTORIA "V.E." SCHWAB is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including the acclaimed Shades of Magic series, This Savage Song, Our Dark Duet and Vicious. Her work has received critical acclaim, been featured in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post and more, translated into more tha...
Title:A Conjuring Of Light: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:624 pages, 8.63 × 5.82 × 1.95 inPublished:February 21, 2017Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0765387468

ISBN - 13:9780765387462

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Epic Finale This book was so good, it wrapped things up very nicely but left some unanswered questions for a potential spin off series. This book started off on a real high and though it ebbed a bit in the middle, the slow pace was necessary for stories to flow and for things to finally build back up at the end for a great finish. I really enjoyed my time reading these books, definitely a great series!
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It broke my heart A conjuring of light was a great conclusion to the adventure, it was really heartbreaking at some point, but not my favorite one. It was a lot darker, but there is also a lot more action than the other ones. It is still a MUST.
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This. Is. Perfection. I don't think I could accurately or adequately convey my love for this book, or this series. Over 600 pages and this conclusion never felt long or tedious or drawn out. In fact, I could beg for another 600 pages and that would still be too little. Schwab writes so magnificently, and in such a way that you just want to keep reading, reading, reading, and never put the book down. I love the way that every character feels important and fleshed out, even if they are only a side character or appear for a single chapter. My heart swells to think of Kell, Rhy, Lila, Alucard, Holland, and every other person in this series. I love them all so damn much.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great, but wanted a bit more loved the conclusion, but it left a lot on the table to prepare for the new trilogy
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Conclusion I didn't think this time would ever come but it has...I have finished. In a similar vein to the second novel of the series, I am rating this novel 4 stars for the world building, the characters, the story, and the overall uniqueness and creativity of this novel. If I was to rate this novel purely on my reading experience it would be more of a 3 star and I don't think it necessarily deserves an average 3 star rating. First, I'm going to start with the positives. This novel started out at a much faster pace than the second novel and I really enjoyed that as it was adventure from the beginning. Also, for those not reading these books immediately one after another, I felt this book was good at reminding the reader of events that happened in the second novel (in a non-obvious subtle way). As I was someone who struggled with the second book because I remembered nothing, I felt that aspect very important. The magic system and world building. V.E. Schwab is excellent at creating these worlds and truly delves deep with extreme detail. She really appears to leave no stone left unturned when it comes to the creation of the world and that is really shown throughout the story. The characters are also well thought out and have depth. Throughout the story, I couldn't help but become more and more invested in each of these characters. I was going to attempt to list all of the ones that I took a particular interest to but it actually is quite a handful surprisingly. Overall it was a very good concluding novel and series in general. However, I do have some complaints that are merely personal. The most obvious is the length of the novels, especially this finale. I thought I liked big books until I got 100 pages into this one and realized that it was going to be a struggle. And man, I DID struggle with this one. Even though there was quite a bit of action, I felt that the story could have been told in a shorter manner. My other complaint (that isn't really a complaint and more of an opinion) is going to be extremely controversial but I'm going to say it anyway.....I don't think this series warrants the hype that it gets. *awaits hypothetical machetes to be thrown at me*. It's a good series and V.E. Schwab's world building is awesome but at the same time, I feel there are novels out there that can do it better and do not have this extreme popularity. I also feel this is necessary to point out to others, who like me, will go into this series with high expectations. Maybe lower those expectations a tad to avoid disappointment. Or you'll be happily surprised. Either way, try and ignore that hype (good luck with that). At this moment in time, I think I will read the next novels that will be published in this world. I don't know if it's the same characters or anything except V.E. Schwab announced there would be more. Although, even though I will read them I am definitely hesitant about it and will not be rushing out to get them by any means.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I WANT MORE Such an amazing finale to a great trilogy!
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great finale! I loved this series, and V.E. Schwab's writing is great!
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Satisfying Finale While I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first two - in fact, I was a trifle disappointed with it - I did appreciate the glimpses into the characters' backstories, and I found the ending to be perfect. Everything was resolved, to my satisfaction, and while it is left up to the reader (in my own personal opinion) what happens next for the characters, for the most part, everyone gets their own happy ending, which pleased my cold little heart. Overall, a fantastic series that is sure to appeal to fans of Schwab's beautiful talent for storytelling.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great conclusion the best thing about this series is the characters. love them and their backstories. wish there were more books. one small issue with this book is that there were a noticeable amount of typos
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful conclusion. This book was the perfect ending of one of my favorite series. If you love magic, complex characters, pirates, amazing love interest and a lot of adventure, i recommend so deeply. Schwab style is just to amazing to pass up.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful conclusion This was an absolutely stunning conclusion to this trilogy. I've honestly fallen so in love with with every single part of these books from the writing to the plot to the characters. I'm so incredibly sad that it's over because I loved it that much. I've heard a lot of people say they didn't really like the second book in this trilogy because it was so out of place, but honestly I thought like this conclusion and the first book it was so fantastic because it was fun and it gave us the opportunity to get more in depth with the characters and have more relationships form. I absolutely love the writing style in this book every part of it was perfect because we got to see different point of views which just added so much. This novel was so emotional in my opinion and I just loved how it was ended. V. E. Schwab you're a phenomenal writer and I can't wait to read your other books like this savage song. In conclusion this series is outstanding and I would definitely recommend reading it.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great A great conclusion to the series.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing Ending… The first two book in this series were absolutely incredible! BUT this ending was just beyond anything I could imagine for this story. These characters will forever stick with me.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Grea Dragged on a little bit but still very much enjoyed this book
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great end to the trilogy This book took me a long time to read. While I quite enjoyed the actual story being told, I felt that it dragged at certain parts. The last 200 pages were great, and the first 200 pages were great, but the middle 200 or so pages were much slower. I think maybe I just wasn't in the right headspace to be reading this trilogy, because I found it hard to get through the first two as well, despite liking the plot, setting, and most of the characters. The ending of this book was really lovely, which contributed to a lot to my rating. There were some sad moments, some bittersweet moments, and some happy moments, all weaved together quite well. I do think that the final battle was there and gone too quickly, but with a villain like that it can be hard to write prolonged battles. *Vague spoilers* There is a lot of character death in this book. I don't think any of them surprised me, since I automatically assume that most secondary characters are going to get killed (while usually all of the main characters will survive). Speaking of characters, I continued to love Holland and Rhy. I liked where they both ended up. Holland's was especially emotional. I still liked Kell, though we're much more spread out in terms of POV so we don't get inside his head as often. I liked Lila a lot more in this book than I did in AGOS; she seemed to have learned from the stuff she did in the last book while still keeping her edge, which made for a better all around character. I still wasn't too crazy about Kell/Lila, but it was much easier to handle in this book because it's less gushy love and more familiar love. It would've been much easier if Kell hadn't mentioned in almost every POV chapter how different/unique and special she was, because it felt like overkill. Lila was much less annoying about the relationship. Overall, I liked this book quite a bit. I gave it a 4/4.25 or something like that because I have minor character complaints, but other than that, my issues with the book come from me just not being in the mood for the books, not the books themselves; they were still well-written (though this one had A LOT of typos, like almost one every chapter, some worse than others) and told a great story.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bloated I loved this book as part of a series, but on its own it had a lot of weaknesses and didn't live up to the thrill of the first book in the trilogy. A good editor would have slashed at least 1/3 of the content, as there were just too many detours and filler that led nowhere. And for the length, there were loose ends that were not wrapped up and really irritated me (i.e. Lila impersonated a noble with zero consequences.) I did still recommend the series to friends, and the fantasy aspect and characters are well down. This book just felt like a bit of a slog, whereas I devoured the first two.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super series This is one of the best series out there, highly recommended to read.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This was such a good conclusion. Just read it you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DUDE THE ENDING I almost died at the end............ went on to read the last book right away. Better than the first one in my opinion!
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked it This was such a great novel, I would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too Epic for Words I meant to share this review earlier but for some reason (probably because I don't ever want it to end) I've been holding off. I'm not sure I can write a coherent review at this point. There's not much I can say to do this book justice or to not spoil anything so I will keep this short (or as short as possible XD). Not enough words can express my love for the Shades of Magic series. It's my all time favourite. A Conjuring of Light was a perfect end that left no feelings unfelt. As a huge fan of the series I'm both tearing up from the beautiful conclusion and mourning that we've come to the end of this epic journey. Victoria Schwab expertly wraps up the story leaving me smiling in contentment yet lusting for more adventures with these characters. They faced unexpected betrayals, made unimaginable sacrifices and still managed to overcome the deadliest and most heartbreaking of circumstances. "After all, knowledge was a kind of power, a breed of strength." (p. 526). What they went through was no small feat. Not only did they survive, they prevailed. I love every character in this series. Kell. Lila. Holland. Rhys. Alucard. Ms. Schwab really brings them to life. Each had so much depth. The Queen. The King. Even Osaron was more than just a villain. You will regret it if you don't meet them. Of all the characters Holland surprised me the most. I didn't expect to get to know him. His background came in the form of a story within a story. The flashbacks of his past told all- he's never had it easy. "Life isn't made of choices, It's made of trades. Some are good, some are bad, but they all have a cost." (p. 100). His presence was crucial to the development of the overall storyline. It was bittersweet but I'm so grateful we got the chance to know him better. I will never get over how perfect Kell and Lila are for each other. I become a little fangirl every time they were together on the pages. Thank you Victoria Schwab for satisfying my need for them. Kell Maresh and Delilah Bard is my forever OTP! If you haven't started the Shades of Magic books then I don't know what you're waiting for. From beginning to end this series gives nothing but excellence. From the stellar world-building to the incredible characters and their growths, no words can accurately describe how amazing this journey has been. Read. This. Series. Now.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply magnificent I cannot tell you how many times I've read this book over and over again
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never a Dull Moment This last book was amazing. The whole series is awesome. I absolutely love everything about it, the story, the characters, their relationships. I'm so sad to see it end. It's one of those books you keep thinking back to and to relive the moments and feelings as if you experienced them first hand.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful End to a Brilliant Series V.E. Schwab has a talent for building such full characters and storylines that it feels like anything could happen. At no point while reading this story did I feel like I knew what was to come. For me this book offered more than it's predecessor in the sense that there was a very clear goal driving the characters and the story forward which kept a good pace to the story. I love how even in the final instalment of the series the author is still exploring the characters in her world and filling them out even more (which I may have previously thought not possible). Though the ending felt a bit brief, it was one I felt did right by the story. Can't wait for Schwab's next great piece.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New Favourite Schwab's books just keep getting better and better! I loved the descriptions and the conclusion to the series was a good close.
Date published: 2017-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good A nice end to the series. The second book was the best of the three, though, imo.
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice A good read to keep you engaged
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Great book, wonderful addition to the series
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Minor third book syndrome I preordered this book after waiting almost a year after reading the first and second books, and it was such an amazing close to the story. i almost wish there were a fourth book coming out. the only problem with this one is that it dragged a little in the middle of the book. (third book syndrome) and i think i enjoyed reading the first and second books more.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A nice wrap-up, but not the strongest of the trilogy This book dragged a bit and the beginning and I think suffered from the choice to give its villain a perspective (I think it made him a lot less scary). Ultimately, though, it did pick up in the last third, and it provides some great endings for the arcs of the characters.
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The wait for this was killing me, but it was worth it. I loved this book, great conclusion to the series. I was in grief when I finished the book. Sad to see it end, and hopefully theres a spinoff series.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I look forward to more from this author Despite having pre-ordered this book after thoroughly enjoying the books 1 and 2, I had a tough time getting into it for the first third or so. There didn't seem to be a lot happening and I struggled with the thought of having to read an entire book where people are all trapped inside a castle. It wasn't until the group of Antari (+) left the castle that the book really picked up and got interesting for me. After that it was smooth sailing (yes, there's a pun there), and I couldn't put it down. One of the sweetest sentences was one said by Tieren to Kell on page 614 regarding Hastra's flower. I'll let you discover that one for yourself, but it was so poetic and the symbolism just leapt off the page and got me a little weepy. I also love how Victoria Schwab's writing reminds us that just a little change in perspective makes you see a person in an entirely new light. I found myself a bit sad at one particular character's end of the story; while he had fully redeemed himself in the end, it really didn't change his circumstances at all. Victoria is an amazing character writer in that sense, and also has a great ability to make the reader both sad and happy, satisfied and longing, all at the same time. I look forward to reading some of her other works in the very near future.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Conclusion! It was honestly worth the wait, it's a perfect conclusion for the whole series. VE Schwab takes the time to develop each of the characters in this last installment, especially Holland which I suddenly empathize with so much more. It's a hefty book but I literally could not put it down.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Excellent Second Book The sequel really does not disappoint. It's pretty much everything that drew me to the first book, with more. I sped through it. Kell and Lila are fantastic and it is delightful to read about them circling each other. I am also happy to report that we get to know more about Prince Rhy. And we are introduced to a new character: Alucard, who is possibly my new favourite! I was so glad to be able to spend more time with this fantastic world Schwab has created. It's only made me hungrier for more. I need the third book now!
Date published: 2016-11-16

Editorial Reviews

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