Backlist Books Review: A Conjuring of Light

ACOLA Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
Shades of Magic #3
Published by:
Tor Books
Pub Date:
February 21, 2017
Read: April 2017; January 2020
paperback | Source: purchased
adult, fantasy, LGBT
Rating: 5_star_rating_system_5_stars

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.

So, uh, here’s my original review:


The bane of every reader and blogger LOL. Rereading not only brought me great joy but also the opportunity to write a proper review. This book is just. wow. I’m SO GLAD I decided to read this series again because it was perfection from beginning to end. The world building is so immense and so amazing and I am extremely grateful we’re going to get more stories in these worlds! I had remembered a couple benchmark moments but again, lots of this felt new to me again. I love love love when a group is finally together- strategizing and bickering and working together, it’s the beeeeest! I love seeing the personalities and interactions! All of her characters are amazing and I love them, but I have to give a special shout-out to Holland. He is the sort of antagonist-turned-antihero that I adore. You find yourself asking when you started rooting for him and seeing his POV and that is just marvelous writing- it reminds me a lot of how I felt about Jaime Lannister’s character. This book was super intense so I won’t say more because Spoilers but it is such a fitting ending to this trilogy. It’s left in a place where your imagination immediately wonders what’s going to happen next, and I think that is a marvelous place to leave a story. Anoshe.


6 thoughts on “Backlist Books Review: A Conjuring of Light

  1. Kritika says:

    The only reason I got through this book was I had dragged a friend with me to V’s signing and forced her to buy a copy, so we were text ranting and crying with each other! I loved how rich the world became as it was developed more throughout the series, and you’re right, seeing characters when the gang is all together is always fun!


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