Friday, April 28, 2017

A CONJURING OF LIGHT BY V.E. SCHWAB - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, I am finishing off the Shades of Magic series with the last book A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab.


When I first started this series, I was immediately drawn into Schwab's writing and world-building. As the series progressed, I enjoyed each book even more than the last, so you can see why I was a little nervous to start this finale. And at over 600-pages, I knew it was going to be intense.

The story picks up around where book two left off. The darkness, Osaron, was rising and wants to take over the kingdom. The group struggles to overcome obstacles and take back what is theirs. I won't get too much into the plot because there is just so much that happens in this book.

This book was so full of action, I couldn't put it down. There were countless battles and each one with a different set of consequences.

The whole series was great but I think that Schwab really took it home with this finale. Everything that happens, all the people who die, it was just so well done.

Schwab also has the uncanny ability to create sympathy for those characters who had been hated for so much of the trilogy. We see more to Holland's backstory and even though I didn't like him in the previous books, I couldn't help but feel for him in this one. He is humanized and we are better able to understand him. I wasn't a huge fan of the king and queen of Arnes in the previous books, but in this one, they felt so much more real and broken.

The pacing of the book was really well done, despite the fact that it is such a gigantic book, I read it fairly quickly. It's divided into parts like the last books and by the time you get to the end of one part, you are ready for another one.

I would highly recommend this series to everyone, not just fantasy lovers. I don't love fantasy but I loved this series!