A Conjuring of Light

A Conjuring of Light

Book - 2017 | First edition
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Londons fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes struggle. The trilogy's conclusion concerns the fate of beloved protagonists -- and old foes.
Publisher: New York : Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates Book, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780765387462
Characteristics: 624 pages ; 22 cm


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Apr 21, 2018

As usual, Schwab utterly impressed me with her ability to weave an intoxicating and intriguing tale in an equally amazing world. The sleeping curse had a strong Sleeping Beauty feel to it that I really liked, and the whole Black curse itself reminded me of Neil Gaiman's The Sleeper and the Spindle.

There were more actual consequences, and character deaths that actually meant something, in this book, and I appreciated that. I hate it when a character dies but it means nothing because they either weren't well developed or important, or there wasn't a thematic meaning behind their death and a result of it shown in the other surviving characters. This book did character death really well.

Unfortunately, there were a few loose threads that were not tied up by the last page and that really disappointed me. Fortunately, the rest of the book was astounding and action packed, so it didn't really bother me that much; it just left this what could have been hole in my heart I can't seem to fill. Or maybe that's just that the series is over. Who really knows?

Kell: As usual, Kell is my bae and I love him, and this book was no different. He's a tad impulsive, but he means well, and he cares so deeply for everyone he loves. His struggle with blame, responsibility, and when all the problems began was interesting and well done.

Lila: She annoyed me a lot less in this book, because it seems she actually met her match in Holland, who wasn't taking any of her crap. She realistically struggled with power balance and testing her limits—learning that you can't set your own limits, no matter how much you might want to.

Rhy: He really came into his own in this book, dealing with his mental health and his responsibilities as a royal to his city. He was a real treat to read and I'm very glad he was a POV character. He changed as a person but stayed who he fundamentally was,which a lot of authors can't seem to get right.

Holland: I love Holland. He's seriously competing with Kell for top spot in my heart. I was surprised to find so much of myself in him, and, well a bit out of style at first, his backstory scenes were very good and needed. I really felt for him and understood him.

Osaron: He was such a good villain!!! I love nonhuman villains and he is honestly a new favorite. His ego and his insatiable desire for more made him quite fearsome.

Maxim and Emira: I'm glad we got to learn more about them through their perspectives.

Alucard: I still don't like him, and I don't really like him with Rhy but only because we're told they love each other, and yes, we're shown that they'll do anything for each other, but passionate action when presented with immediate danger and true love are very different things. I didn't feel a romantic connection between them, and I felt that their personalities didn't really work together for a long term relationship. Also, that "you're mine" line has really got to go.

Hastra: I just...I just love Hastra. He's the sweetest, most wonderful person ever, and I only wanted the best for him. Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.

Cora and Col: They were well done and honestly surprised me, but in a good way.

This book kept me on the edge of my seat (or, let's be honest here, bed) the entire time. I would have devoured it faster, but it was a buddy read and I was (and still am as of the time of this review) ahead of my buddies. I'm torn between 4.5 and 5 stars, because I did have my problems with it (the very ending after the climax, mostly) but I did thoroughly enjoy it and would consider it a favorite. I'm just so sad it's over now.

Feb 25, 2018

This third and longest book in the trilogy manages to escalate without falling into unrealistic hyperbole, which I can't say about the rushed second book. Schwab finally spends some time developing more than just the primary characters and reprises the imaginative qualities of the first book. I enjoyed this one and would not be surprised if more books follow but this plotline has concluded. I do caution though that this series has an unhealthy emphasis on bloodletting that could influence some susceptible young adult readers toward cutting.

Oct 29, 2017

The third and final book in this overly long fantasy series is a huge improvement over the tepid second book. Although I appreciated the many tense action-packed scenes, I still wasn't able to connect with any of the main characters. This would have been a far better book if it was about 300 pages shorter. I'm glad to be done with this series.

Apr 30, 2017

Almost entirely perfect.

Mar 10, 2017

After I finished this book, I laid in bed and hugged it. I couldn't believe such an incredible series was over. It was a wonderful conclusion full of revenge, war, heart break, death, courage, humor, heart, and adventure. I adored every minute of it. I loved learning more about the characters and the world. I felt the characters and the story was well developed and there was significant growth. I want to reread the whole series now so I can take the whole journey over again. Needless to say, this is one of my favorites and will continue to be so. It would take something spectacular to top this for me.

Feb 27, 2017


This was such a great way to end this trilogy! There was action, swoons, heartbreak and sass galore.

I loved seeing the relationships grow between Kell/Lila/Rhy/Alucard. I mean, all the other characters were great too, but these are the members of the best team in all the Londons. And the more information we got on Holland...let me just say that he should not have been giving me all those feels!

I don't want to risk spoiling anything though, so for now all I will say is: Anoshe


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