A Conjuring of Light
London’s fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.
After A Gathering of Shadows (AGOS) left me hanging off that awful cliff for one very long year, I had some pretty high expectations for A Conjuring of Light (ACOL). I’m glad to say that it certainly delivered!
This book gave me so much more than I’d wanted and expected: I learned more about characters’ backstories; I came to love certain characters who I’d hated in the past; and had my heart ripped out, stomped on, brushed off, then put back in. I also laughed, gasped aloud, and cried a number of times …Needless to say, it was a pretty exhausting read!
ACOL showcased how much Schwab has grown as a writer since AGOS. The narrative was so much more complex! In ACOL there were upwards of 10 points of view, as opposed to the 3-4 in AGOS, and she incorporated flashbacks into the story, which I really enjoyed. Some people might be put off by the number of POVs, but it worked! Each chapter was fairly short (usually no more than 5 pages), so the changing POVs really propelled the book forward. In addition, she didn’t always jump from one place to another; she often switched between characters within a scene, and I loved getting the chance to see each character’s unique perspective of one scene.
The level of character development was also incredible. I learned so much about and really grew to care for certain characters who I’d either barely known or disliked in the previous books.
Ending a series is never an easy task, because it’s impossible to please everyone while staying true to the story and characters. However, I was beyond happy with the way the Shades of Magic series wrapped up – enough loose ends were tied up to leave me satisfied, while at the same time it hinted at further adventures that I would love to see in the future…just saying!