Book Review | A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab


Genre: YA/NA Fantasy

Publishers: Titan Books Ltd

Publication Date: 21st February, 2017

My Rating:🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

*Spoiler Warning: certain aspects of previous books in the series may be spoiled in this post.*

It’s always hard reading the last book in a series. What if the ending doesn’t live up to your expectations? What if we don’t get closure for a character? What if the fandom can’t cope without new material?

The final book leaves a lasting impression, so if it sucks, the series sort of gets this haze over it that can ruin your thoughts about it. So after saying all that, I’m very happy to say that A Conjuring of Light lived up to my expectations and more.

“Love and loss,” he said, “are like a ship and the sea. They rise together. The more we love, the more we have to lose. But the only way to avoid loss is to avoid love. And what a sad world that would be.”

It took me a little while to get through this book – it’s six hundred and sixty six pages long, and I sort of hit a slump in the middle of it. However, I persisted on and I’m so glad I did! Here’s why:

The writing was brilliant. Does Schwab’s imagination know no end? A Gathering of Shadows was all about the wonders of magic, and Lila discovering her powers. A Conjuring of Light was about accepting that power, and combining strengths to face a greater evil. We didn’t get the wonderful magic of Red London, but something much darker, and it made for a very interesting read.

If you’ve read my review of A Darker Shade of Magic, you’ll know I didn’t really connect with the characters in the first novel. However, I fell in love with them during the second, and I feel very emotional that I’ve finished the final novel! Were there a few things I wanted to know about the future of our characters? Of course, but I’m also happy it was left up to the readers to decide on certain things.


And that ending! I was an emotional wreck after reading it! The last quarter was soul destroying. Seriously, if you read this novel (which you definitely should), prepare yourself for the feels. It felt like every couple of chapters I was crying – it was heartbreaking, but so incredibly good. It really was a magnificent book.

It’s a bittersweet feeling this series that I’ve only recently discovered is over already, but it was so worth the read. I wish the series could go on forever, but this was the closure that it needed. (Of course I wouldn’t mind some extras like short stories, though!)

Topic Awareness:

  • Death
  • Violence (detailed)
  • Upsetting scenes


– Emma

Read On!

“Anoshe was a word for strangers in the street, and lovers between meetings, for parents and children, friends and family. It softened the blow of leaving. Eased the strain of parting. A careful nod to the certainty of today, the mystery of tomorrow. When a friend left, with little chance of seeing home, they said anoshe. When a loved one was dying, they said anoshe. When corpses were burned, bodies given back to the earth and souls to the stream, those left grieving said anoshe.

Anoshe brought solace. And hope. And the strength to let go.”

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