Hello humans! It is finally time. After gushing over A Darker Shade of Magic, and then squeeing like an excited child at Christmas at A Gathering of Shadows I have come now to do all of that and more at A Conjuring of Light. This series has been without a doubt, the best series I have read in an incredibly long time and I am beyond thrilled to be able to tell you all what I thought of this conclusion.
Goodreads Summary (Possible spoilers for the first two books):
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.
I’m going to lead with the fact that I was on the verge of tears for this entire book. That’s not hyperbole. I was so caught up in my worries about what might happen to these characters that I was genuinely about to cry for the entirety of this book.
I think that’s a testament to how well V E Schwab crafts her characters, that I couldn’t bear to have anything terrible happen to them. It’s the same with her worldbuilding, she makes you fall in love with even the dingiest, most unsavory parts of her world through her exceptional writing style.
I thought that this plot was the perfect way to end a series that could have gone in 100 different directions. It manages to sustain multiple threads of the same plot without feeling imbalanced or making you feel as though you can’t tell how much time has passed in any thread.
Argh this is hard to write without spoilers. The romance is excellent, there is just the right amount that I think it would suit both hardcore romance fanatics and those who would rather ignore the whole thing. It’s action-packed, with some elements that, I will admit, made me feel a little bit queasy and some bits that almost had me screaming in delight from my sofa.
I can now confidently say that if you haven’t read this series yet you absolutely should. From beginning to end it is utterly fabulous and I cannot fathom what took me song long to get to it!
My rating: 5/5 stars
All opinions (however nonsensical) are my own.
What say you? Did you enjoy this conclusion? Let me know in the comments below!