A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3), by V. E. Schwab
Publish Date: February 21, 2017
Published by: Tor Books
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)
THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED…
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.
WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
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?
WHO WILL RISE?
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.
WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.
Well, it took me forever and a day but I FINALLY FINISHED!!!
While part of the reason I took so long to read this was that I fell behind on reading ARCs and egalleys (plus, you know, having a life and a job), I still felt that this one dragged a little. Not as badly as the second book, but there were times when I was seriously questioning the number of different characters who got to have their own perspective-chapter. It just felt a little too drawn out for me at times.
As for the plot and the characters, loved it and loved them. It was nice to see more of Holland and get to know him better, to see more of Rhy and see his growth that began in the second book continue to flourish in this one, and of course Kell and Lila. It was definitely a great ending to this trilogy, and leaves me feeling sufficiently satisfied.
Really, my only complaint is that I wished some of the character-perspectives had been cut. Particularly the minor characters. I just felt like it dragged it out too much.