Quick fire review:
I don’t think it really needs to be said, but this book was awesome. No. It was fucking awesome.
This book was much darker, edgier and far more mysterious than the previous books but that beloved tone and sharp writing that made you fall in love with this series still exists at its core. Schwab is a genius and I will fight anyone who says otherwise.
My rating? ALL THE STARS IN EVERY UNIVERSE FROM NOW UNTIL ETERNITY.
Brace yourself for some sweet f-bombs and an overuse of mismatched quotes.
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.
10 out of 5 stars
I am going to have to keep this as short as possible because I will spoil everything otherwise. Like everything. If you don’t believe me, grab some snacks and check out my review for book 2 in this series.
I’ve only ever given 10 stars to one other book (ACOMAF) and it isn’t something I take lightly, but this book deserves all the stars in the universe. You know why? It’s because this book, this book right here, is how you fucking wrap up a series. A Conjuring of Light is a dark, gritty, action packed adventure that has you on the edge of your seat from start to end.
You may have seen on my Twitter and Goodreads that I took a long time to read this, but it isn’t because it wasn’t good, it’s because I wanted to savour every glorious moment. I went from paperback to kindle and then to audio book and can let you know that it doesn’t matter how you decide to read this because it is quite literally everything.
“Scars are not shameful, not unless you let them be. If you do not wear them, they will wear you.”
Things pick up right where they left off in book two. As the book opens, there are a lot of unanswered questions, the big bad is getting ready to enact a horrendous plan and the ties between friends and lovers are strained. It is straight up riveting from the first page. What I love about this series is that you know it is going to be fast paced from the outset. There is no fucking around with info dumping, it is just boom, action.
In this final book, we follow our team as they try to save their version of London and essentially the world from Osaron, the big bad revealed at the end of book two. While I found Osaron to be a little annoying at times, he definitely added some great tension to this book and fit perfectly into this world. The shadow elements were eerie as fuck and the whole thing felt widely imaginative.
“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.”
Can I just say that I think Kell, Lila, Rhy, Holland and Alucard are five of the most brilliantly crafted characters I have ever read. Not only do they show inept for leading through the darkness, but their individual vulnerabilities and no bullshit taking attitudes make them equally as strong. There are no weak links in our main characters and that feels exceptionally rare these days. Special shout out to Holland who I’ve been rooting for since the beginning.
I of course love the dynamic between Kell and Lila, but it is the relationship between the brothers that I really get excited about. Schwab has done a wonderful job of creating two distinct individuals that fit together perfectly as one. In every sense of the word, these two are soulmates. I think that is what makes this series so enjoyable, because at its core, this story revolves around two brothers and not two lovers.
“Lila smiled at that, one of those smiles that made Kell profoundly nervous. The kind of smile usually followed by a weapon.”
Speaking of Kell and Lila, I love, love, love that Schwab had the decency not to overshadow this series with a will-they-won’t-they romance. In fact, any essence of a love story really feels like it falls a tier or two below the main storyline. Kell and Lila of course get their own version of a happy ending and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it ended for these two.
“Life is chaos. Time is order.”
Before I go, I just want to note that one of my favourite things about this whole series is the writing. Schwab has this delicate way of giving simple sentences so much power that they jump off the page. The world building is consistently good and whether the atmosphere be light or dark, the imagery is as vivid as it can get. I also love the way magic is incorporated. It never feels complicated or contrite and fits seamlessly into these different versions of London.
So to wrap up, I FUCKING LOVED THIS BOOK YO. IT MADE MY HEART RACE AND MY SOUL SOAR. IF YOU AREN’T READING THIS SERIES THEN YOU NEED TO GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER AND PICK IT UP ASAP. No excuses.