A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)
Witness the fate of beloved heroes - and enemies.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.

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3) Details

TitleA Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 21st, 2017
PublisherTor Books
ISBN-139780765387462
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Magic, Fiction

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3) Review

  • Victoria Schwab
    January 1, 1970
    With ACOL hitting shelves this month, I guess it's time to finally mark it as read...I don't know what else to say, except I've never been prouder of a book, and I really hope my readers enjoy the end of this journey.
  • Regan
    January 1, 1970
    hot damn.
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    January 1, 1970
    (No major spoilers). I AM SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW. Oh my goodness I adore these characters and that ending was everything I wanted. The final books in trilogies are usually my least favorite because they can't possibly live up to all of my expectations... but this was perfect. "I've got a bad feeling," he whispered..."A piece of magic is parading as a god, a poisoned fog is destroying London, and three Antari are sparring aboard our ship. I'd be worried if you didn't." The plot hit the ground runnin (No major spoilers). I AM SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW. Oh my goodness I adore these characters and that ending was everything I wanted. The final books in trilogies are usually my least favorite because they can't possibly live up to all of my expectations... but this was perfect. "I've got a bad feeling," he whispered..."A piece of magic is parading as a god, a poisoned fog is destroying London, and three Antari are sparring aboard our ship. I'd be worried if you didn't." The plot hit the ground running and the first 10% was SO intense. But then it kind of slowed down and I lost a bit of enthusiasm/interest until everyone got on a ship. I do love ships. They bring out everyone's cocky pirate side. So the story picked up a lot about halfway through and the entire last half was amazing! So many feels. I love ALL of these characters so much (but Lila will always be my favorite). "My name is Lila Bard," she answered, drawing her favorite knife, "and I don't give a damn." The best parts were probably just seeing Kell, Lila, Rhy, and Alucard interact more. I liked the little things like how Lila's the first person to treat Rhy like he doesn't need saving. Actually, seeing Rhy grow so much might have been my favorite part of the story. There's also a lot more backstory for Holland, which helped a ton! I was pretty much split between the following feels in the second half:Basically, this was an absolutely brilliant conclusion. Victoria Schwab is an incredible author. AND I REALLY HOPE THERE'S A SPINOFF. The end.
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  • Ben Alderson
    January 1, 1970
    NO FAULTS.AMAZING.I LOVED IT.IM CRYING.anoshe ANNNNOOOOOOOOSHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEi hope she does a spin off!
  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    January 1, 1970
    I.... don't know what to do with myself. I am so completely overwhelmed with emotions and so far past blown away... and now I'm trying to write a review for one of the greatest stories ever told. "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." You guys... if you haven't picked up this series... start it now. As an aspiring author... I pra I.... don't know what to do with myself. I am so completely overwhelmed with emotions and so far past blown away... and now I'm trying to write a review for one of the greatest stories ever told. "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." You guys... if you haven't picked up this series... start it now. As an aspiring author... I pray to get even a sliver of Schwab or Bardugo's brilliance. The writing was absolute perfection. But really quick.. can we just focus on how freaking awesome Schwab is as a person? I don't know if you've seen her twitter... but she's so open and honest about the struggles of being a writer (not to mention hilarious) but then she pumps out something like this book. Wow. Also, I got to meet her at Yallfest. I was in a wheelchair and I couldn't have gotten back to her signing - but she actually took time to come out to me. Victoria... *virtual hug*Anyway, since I'm barely able to even function (I'm still a blubbering mess after finishing this book...) I'm just going to summarize a mess of words/statements below and hope it makes sense.Be ready because the moment you open this book... you'll hit the ground running. It picks up literally seconds where the second left off... and it doesn't slow down. The first 20-30% was non stop craziness... and it was wonderful and painful and entirely too stressful and I found myself screaming and laughing and I don't even know.. you guys... I don't even know.The only slow moments in this ENTIRE book were the flashbacks - and there were lots of little ones all throughout. They were very core to character development and I actually really enjoyed them. I literally cannot even begin to talk about the plot. I'm going to refrain from giving away any details. But I'll say this- I really liked the first book though I felt it was slow at times. I LOVED the second as it took the series to a whole new level of emotional turmoil. This one just blew me away. The pacing was perfect (as I said, VERY fast paced, only slowing during flash backs) and full of surprises (and stress). I was so attached to everyone (even the side characters) that I was literally racing through the pages so now I'm going to have to go back and reread for details. I've highlighted about 30 quotes. I've cried and laughed and screamed and now I'm completely exhausted. "We don't choose what we are, but we choose what we do." To summarize, here's what you can expect.1. Blood. Repeatedly. (Like... half of this book is fight scenes I feel like.)2. New and interesting POVs.3. Kiss your heart goodbye.4. Tears. Lots.5. Stress and anxiety because you'll love EVERYONE6. Pirate ships. Magic. New magical abilities. 7. Brilliance. On every page.So all I have left is to sit here and proclaim my love for the cast.Lila is her usual BAMF self. She had so many witty one liners and she was endless entertainment. I love love loved her contribution to the story - she kinda has a character arc but kinda doesn't. She's learned to let people in, but at the same time, she's so true to herself. Some of the highlights for me were obviously moments with Kell- but also with Alucard. (Ok, brb, need to cry because of all the emotional beautifulness.) Kell. I literally cannot. Precious smol- must be protected at all costs. This guy. The second book made me feel for him SO much. He's so selfless that even Rhy gives him crap about being so perfect. Oh my gosh Kell and Rhy- strongest brother relationship I've ever read. I need to cry again. Also Kell and Alucard banter was EVERYTHING. And then the parental issues... you'll just have to see.Rhy - easily one of my all time favorite characters. He' so freaking hilarious and sassy and I feel like we would be best friends. He's easily as selfless as Kell, though he doesn't even see it. A little reckless, but he can't help it. HOLLAND. Holy freaking crap of the world. I did not expect to care about him so much. I can't even function right now. BYE. Alucard. I can't form words. BYE. Ugh. The whole entire cast. Even the side characters like Lenos and Hostra .. and oh my gosh the whole Maresh family... I'm just... I want to cry because every character was so beautifully done. The ending does not disappoint. Everything was wrapped up - and I'm just sitting here thinking... what now? What do I even do with myself? Do I pick it up and read it again? Do I sit here and grieve because its over? Ugh. Lastly, I HIGHLY recommend the audiobook version!! The second book and this book are narrated by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading and they are both wonderful - but especially Kate Reading for Delilah. Seriously I was LOLing so much at her sarcastic wit. You guys... read this series. OH OH is this a Leigh Bardugo / Six of Crows reference? Ahahah. "People spoke of love as if it were an arrow. A thing that flew quick, and always found its mark." LAST THING SORRY. I made a playlist - check it out ;) https://open.spotify.com/user/brilia/...My Blog ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Etsy
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  • Petrik
    January 1, 1970
    As of now, this is the number one most overrated and worst trilogy that I've ever read so far. “Anoshe brought solace. And hope. And the strength to let go.” No need for Anoshe, I don’t need any additional strength to let go of this series. Let it be known here that I won’t be reading any more books written by VE Schwab. This is where I must part way with her works. Trust me it’s better for me to do this. For her fans, I’m happy that you love her series but you don’t want to see me rant and ra As of now, this is the number one most overrated and worst trilogy that I've ever read so far. “Anoshe brought solace. And hope. And the strength to let go.” No need for Anoshe, I don’t need any additional strength to let go of this series. Let it be known here that I won’t be reading any more books written by VE Schwab. This is where I must part way with her works. Trust me it’s better for me to do this. For her fans, I’m happy that you love her series but you don’t want to see me rant and rated her books with bad reviews right? I have read all her (Not under Victoria Schwab) book, including the novella ‘Warm Up’ and her books just degrade in quality with each new release for me.'Vicious' being the first and the best one I read from her, it was a one hit wonder and believe me I would’ve continue with the series but the problem is, after reading this trilogy I change my mind. Vicious should’ve ended up as a standalone, it ended perfectly and I hate when authors decided to continue a standalone into a trilogy. Just like ADSOM (A Darker Shade of Mediocre), the first book started and ended well as a standalone and it should’ve stayed that way.To sum up, my experience reading this straight after AGOS (A Gathering of Shit), it’s like wiping my ass with sandpaper instead of a tissue. In other word, a bloody asshole experience.The plot continued straight after the previous book and I seriously thought this book would’ve been better cause it took you into the heat of the action and story right from the beginning but no, as soon as it landed on the 200 pages mark, it became so much worse. To explain this without spoiling anything, this series contained so many plot holes that a Diglett could make a living out of this series.For example, it’s been stated from the first book that Kell lost his memory before he’s adopted into the Maresh family, just when I thought the book was going to tell his story, nope, the book said “fuck you, you’re not getting one” and instead, letting me know that Lila is a damned one of a kind. Apparently mentioning her Mary Sue existence repeatedly is more important than the characters background.I’ll be honest, this book is less infuriating to read compared to AGOS because there’s less emphasis on Lila compared to before but my god this series is the first series that ever made me pray to a fictional character. I kept on praying to Kira Yagami, “Kira, please write Lila’s name. Cause of death: impaled by her own knifes through her mouth.” to end her life every moment she spoke. “Then why are you smiling?” “Because,” she said, “bad ideas are my favorite kind.” OH REALLY!? How about this? Take out your favorite knifes, cut your tongue out or drown yourself in the Arnesian sea. How bowdah for a bad idea? Seems like something you'd enjoy, hmm? Hmm? HMMM!?Apparently being reminded that she’s a badass (pretty sure she literally has a bad ass now) is more crucial to the explanation behind her ultimate Mary Sue developments, there is no clear explanation behind all her powers, her background, NONE! But get this, instead of Kell’s and Lila’s background, VE Schwab decided to let us know about so many side characters that barely made an appearance in the previous books. Why in the world would I care about these side characters that barely exist from before when I couldn’t even care about the main characters already? Use these pages to flesh out the background of the main characters dammit, not providing POV for so many characters that are worthless to the main story.Like the previous book, most of the story took place only in Red London. Seriously, the amount of wasted potential on the world-building of this series too damn huge. In fact, only the first book of the trilogy applied the 4 London concepts appropriately. The main antagonist is also one of the worst antagonists I ever read in a fantasy or any book. Not only he’s like a ghost who’s less scary than Casper, Michelin would’ve made a scarier antagonist compared to this fart, no seriously, look at this beast.The final confrontation is very underwhelming, to say the least. It took more than 500 pages to reach and it ended in less than 40 pages. Instead of a great climax scene, we receive a tedious 50 pages epilogue with cheesy romance.Honestly, this book should’ve received a one star from me but again, I have huge praises towards Holland. This is literally the only redeeming factor of the book for me, unlike all other character, this book actually sheds light on Holland’s background beautifully. Right from his childhood up to why he’s the way he is now. In my opinion, Holland should’ve been the main character of the trilogy. IF every other character received the same treatment as him, this book would’ve been a much better experience. Instead all we get is brooding Kell, Mary Sue who have a fetish with knives and other worthless POV's less important than potatoes.One last thing to mention, Rhy’s development is not bad here, in the first book he seemed like this creature that will literally fuck everything that moves, despite his stupidity in some part of the book, he actually has more personality and development compared to the Kell and Lila.I could go on for so much longer on why this book didn’t work for me but I’ll just end it here. This series drained the energy out of me and now I’m literally exhausted. I seriously thought VE Schwab probably signed a contract with the devil or something during my time of reading this book to make this book reached its fame and praises with this quality. Don’t believe me? Look at the total number of pages of the UK edition, it’s 666.Shade of Magic is easily the worst trilogy I ever read in my entire life so far. It will be hard for me to ever find another series as bad as this. I know I’m on the unpopular opinion side on this trilogy here but I honestly won’t recommend this trilogy for anyone who’s an avid adult fantasy fans. I feel robbed buying the physical books and thinking this will be an adult-oriented trilogy which it definitely isn’t. This is an unpopular and honest opinion of mine, I’m glad that a lot of you love this series but sadly, it’s just not for me. Series review: A Darker Shade of Magic: 3/5 Stars A Gathering of Shadows: 1/5 Stars A Conjuring of Light: 2/5 Stars Shades of Magic: 6/15 Stars You can find the rest of my Adult Epic/High fantasy and Sci-Fi reviews at BookNest
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  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    January 1, 1970
    The reason I am giving this book a 2 stars is because I expected so much more from both this book & this series overall and I am not very satisfied with the development or the ending. Schwab had so much potential going into this series, but ultimately I find myself very let down.I honestly don't know how to review this book without spoilers and so from this point on there will be unmarked spoilers for the entire series. ***SPOILER ALERT TURN BACK NOW***I feel as though this final installment The reason I am giving this book a 2 stars is because I expected so much more from both this book & this series overall and I am not very satisfied with the development or the ending. Schwab had so much potential going into this series, but ultimately I find myself very let down.I honestly don't know how to review this book without spoilers and so from this point on there will be unmarked spoilers for the entire series. ***SPOILER ALERT TURN BACK NOW***I feel as though this final installment was very disjointed. We've got:✔Perspectives tossed in here and there that ultimately amount to nothing.✔Unnecessary emphasis on characters who haven't mattered at all in the first and second books.✔A plot that takes almost 400 pages to really get going.✔Questions raised without answers given.✔A villain who feels neither scary, nor provides a real reason for his being a villain.So the story begins right where A Gathering of Shadows leaves off. Lila runs off to save Kell and immediately kills Ojka. What was the purpose of creating this neat character, giving us a glimpse of her background, just to kill her off immediately? It felt rather pointless??Then we spend the next almost 400 pages listening to Kell brood, Alucard jab at Kell while he broods, Rhy float around from room to room (after he avoids death again), and being incessantly reminded that Lila is a cool chick. If you guys don't already know, Kell and I don't get along. I don't sympathize with his plight, and I find him unnecessarily mopey in most of his scenes (especially in the second book). I don't mind Alucard, but I find his character to be a bit static. Even by the end of this book, he doesn't grow into anything new and he doesn't really participate in the action scenes in a meaningful way. His sole existence in this story is to create drama for Kell, Rhy, and Lila. Rhy, though not one of my favorite characters, undeniably experiences the most growth of the four over the course of the book. He evolves his perspective on being given a second chance at life, and ultimately comes to understand what it means to be king. SO bravo I guess on that front?Lila... Ugh. I want to like Lila so much but she's basically the same Lila we met on the streets in Grey London all those pages back. Lila's character on her own doesn't bother me as much as the way the Schwab handles telling us about her. I got weary of reading phrases like "thief-soft footsteps" and "she was a mystery" used to describe her. Like... I get it. She's interesting & capable. You don't need to keep reminding me.Outside of these characters, we get chapters devoted to random one-time characters that don't really add up to anything, and we get chapters about King Maxim & Queen Emira & Tieren that don't really add up to anything. Throwing in perspectives like Nasi, a little girl from White London who admired Ojka, did absolutely nothing for the plot or the world building. This character appears two times, around page 140 and around page 520, but her existence bears no consequence on the story.Using this character to explain more about Ojka's background could have worked, but since ultimately Ojka didn't end up mattering either it amounted to nothing more than a waste of time.Adding perspectives like Ned Tuttle & King George IV was so incredibly boring, since once again nothing of consequence happens in Grey London while this plot unfolds.Writing about Maxim and Emira was too little, too late for me. For the first two books, we've known these two to be side characters. This sudden shift to semi-main character status was jolting.We only scratched the surfaces of the King's and Queen's lives, and there simply wasn't enough there for me to connect to. I felt completely unattached to them, so their eventual deaths were reduced to plot devices for Rhy's development instead of being meaningful on their own.After a huge stretch of monotony, the plot finally gets itself going when the crew arrives at the floating black market. Here is where I started to become interested in where the story would go. The Inheritor was an interesting solution even if it's existence felt very tailored for defeating Osaron. For the last 200 pages I was engaged, but pretty disappointed that the resolution of the plot played out exactly the way it was supposed to. Hell, it played out better than it was supposed to really, seeing as Holland survived to see the plan through to completion.No twists. No surprises. Our four main characters all survive. The end.Now I'm left wondering:What about Kell's past? Sure he decided he was better off not knowing about his true parents, but what about me as the reader? Resolving this question with Kell deciding he doesn't need the information was lazy on part of the author.What about Lila? Where did she come from? How did an Antari originate in Grey London? How did she lose her eye, and why? No, we are too busy being reassured that Lila is sly and mischievous and special to worry about her past, I suppose.How did the original tokens get into the different Londons? Can we know a little more history so that these worlds don't all feel like cardboard? What exactly caused Osaron to manifest into Vitari? Shouldn't we be looking for a solution to this problem since this is the second time it's happened? Maybe a way to eliminate the threat that Black London poses by just existing as a magical black hole that spits out perilous villains every so often?And that brings me to Osaron himself. He just doesn't scare me. When I read A Darker Shade of Magic, for the first 100 or so pages I was totally and completely enticed by the threat that Osaron presented. His unwanted presence felt menacing and dangerous in Red London and I was intrigued. But by A Conjuring of Light, he's still... just possessing people? Sure, they're chanting some creepy shit. Sure, he's killed a couple unimportant side characters. But... Is that all you got?Oh, and he creates an obsidian replica of the palace for... posturing? Intimidation? Once all the citizens of Red London are asleep, he's back to being a temperamental, smoke bitch until he's defeated at the end, which wraps up nicely and neatly and quickly in the last 50 or so pages of the book.I'm not impressed by Osaron.All three of these books suffer severely from pacing issues, on both a microcosmic and macrocosmic scale. Each book begins with a slow to medium pace, then concludes in a rapid whirlwind of events which is jarring to say the least. The series takes place over the course of what, a couple months? Maybe 4? Sometimes this can work, but in this case I don't feel it did. I wish Lila had been gone for two years instead of two months. It would've made much more sense for her to come back after two years of studying with Alucard to feel confident enough to enter the Essen Tasch.It would've given all of these characters time to grow into people I cared about.Now, perhaps you noticed I have been neglecting to mention Holland. That's because Holland was undoubtedly the star of the show. Holland's moments were such a treat for me. I was immediately entranced by him, and I drank in every one of his stories that Schwab graced us with.We get his backstory. We understand his motivations. We glimpse the events that have shaped him, hardened him, softened him. Holland's development causes the others' to pale by comparison.He possessed a depth I could sink my claws into. His death in the Silver Woods was beautifully tragic, and wonderfully appropriate. I just wanted to wrap him in my arms and die with him. If this series had been about Holland, I would likely be giving it 5 stars right now. Aside from Holland, Schwab's writing once again is absolutely stunning. This is an author who always impresses me with her writing style. She is whimsical in her descriptions, unique in how she conveys emotion to her readers. I am truly a fan of reading her words.But this series just did not deliver for me. I craved more intensity. I needed more unpredictability. I wanted meaningful characters that danced their way into my heart & a rich world that beckoned me to keep turning the pages. What I found here was a superb concept with a less-than-superb execution.
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    No one is more stunned by this rating than me. For a series in which I was neutral on the first book and hated the second, this is one of my favorite finales. ..... I am confusion. Pleasant confusion... but confusion...
  • C.G. Drews
    January 1, 1970
    In case you had any doubts...THIS BOOK WAS SHEER FRIKKIN PERFECTION AND I'M A DAMAGED MESS. HI. I mean, how do I even review this. I don't think I really will?? I don't want to give spoilers. I just want to say (a) VE Schwab is a writing queen and wonder, (b) this is exactly what a series conclusion should be like, (c) i hurt man i hurt so bad in the best possible way, and (d) it was perfecccccccccccccctttttttt.SMALL LIST OF THINGS I LOVE• Kell's coat. I'm not saying this lightly, it is literall In case you had any doubts...THIS BOOK WAS SHEER FRIKKIN PERFECTION AND I'M A DAMAGED MESS. HI. I mean, how do I even review this. I don't think I really will?? I don't want to give spoilers. I just want to say (a) VE Schwab is a writing queen and wonder, (b) this is exactly what a series conclusion should be like, (c) i hurt man i hurt so bad in the best possible way, and (d) it was perfecccccccccccccctttttttt.SMALL LIST OF THINGS I LOVE• Kell's coat. I'm not saying this lightly, it is literally my favourite character• KELL'S COATTTTTT• the romance was like A++++ and didn't overpower but yet was excellent• my ships <3• I mean I ship myself with Kell's coat tbh but let's not talk about that• magical objects. magical objects everywhere• the light of my life is Kell and Alcurd bickering because they are old cranky women who don't like to share Rhy apparently• Lila showing love by stabbing people• sass in times of strife• black magic, black magic everywhere• the way the book can hurt so fiercely by damaging/taking away things the characters love so their pain is your pain and it's 10000 x worse than anything• Holland who is a precious cinnamon muffin and should not suffer so• literally me right now to Holland = <3 <3 <3 <3• everything• i loved everything let's just get it out thereSPOILERS ABOUT THE ENDING:(view spoiler)[Look I'm SO happy all my darlings survived but in a completely damaged way so THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I'M HERE FOR. Like Rhy and Alcurd get to be together but Rhy is such a damaged rainbow sunshine of now darkness due to being 90% magic and only 10% Rhy. So it's PAIN but I'm HAPPY. And Kell can't use magic without hurting = I'm a cry wreck how are you. But he gets to see the world with Lila. Lila gets to be a pirate and...okay tbh I don't think Lila lost anything in this? She gets a ship, she gets to throw knives at Kell anytime she wants because they're in LURVE, and she gets to have adventure. True winner of ACOL = LilaSummary of the book = fucking magicThings that made me cry: HOLLAND THE PRECIOUS LAMB. <3 He was so so so so tired and I was so so so so crying. He got to just go home and die. I mean. I can't even. I love Holland. Best antihero of them all. He didn't deserve this. But he got to be at peace.Other Things That Made Me Cry: how Rhy's father went out to die and told the guards to hold Rhy back and they had to punch him to the floor to hold him back from his papa dear and I just. I JUST. I can't. I think my feels unravelled right there. See??? You don't have to kill Rhy to hurt. You just kill what he loves and you hurt. (hide spoiler)]BASICALLY THERE IS SO MUCH STABBING AND BLOOD AND MAGIC AND IT IS 100% EVERYTHING I LOVE IN A BOOK. This is my all time favourite series omg (apart from The Raven Cycle) and it's perfect and HURTS and I've never loved characters quite as much as I love Kell and Rhy. <3 <3 <3Also FYI: my hardcover preorder arrived damaged so if that's not a metaphor I don't know what is."You think this is a bad idea?""Without a doubt.""Then why are you smiling?""Because," she said, "bad ideas are my favourite kind.""So Osaron is just a piece of magic with an ego?" asked Rhy.Kell's gaze shifted to the bed, sheets rumpled where Alucurd had been lying moments before. "Taking your task seriously, I see.""Quite.""I told you to keep him safe, not cuddle."Alucard spread his hands behind him on the sheets. "I'm more than capable of multitasking." "What have you done?" demanded Kell."It was just a tonic, sir," he fumbled, "something for sleep.""You drugged her?""It was Tieren's order," said Hastra, chastised. "He said she was mad and stubborn and no use to us dead." Hastra lowered his voice when he said this, mimciking Tieren's tone with startling accuracy."And what do you plan to do when she wakes back up?"Hastra shranks back. "Apologise?"Kell made an exasperated sound as Lila nuzzled -- actually nuzzled -- his shoulder."I suggest," he snapped at the young man, "you think of something better. Like an escape route."(My favourite quote but it might be a bit spoilery so I'll tag it)(view spoiler)["And come back," added Rhy.Kell paused. "Don't worry," he said. "I will. Once I've seen it.""Seen what?" asked Rhy.Kell smiled. "Everything. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Simona Bartolotta
    January 1, 1970
    “Myths do not happen all at once.”You would not be wrong in thinking of me as a girl of few certainties. “...They do not spring forth whole into the world.” The usual ones: the love of my family, my love for them, and one big dream -we all have one of those, even when we don't know we do- that keeps me going.“...They form slowly, rolled between the hands of time until their edges smooth...”There are also one or two things peculiar to me alone, of course. Unfortunately, they have a tendency to be “Myths do not happen all at once.”You would not be wrong in thinking of me as a girl of few certainties. “...They do not spring forth whole into the world.” The usual ones: the love of my family, my love for them, and one big dream -we all have one of those, even when we don't know we do- that keeps me going.“...They form slowly, rolled between the hands of time until their edges smooth...”There are also one or two things peculiar to me alone, of course. Unfortunately, they have a tendency to be dull things. But one of these, the brightest one, I think, is that I love stories. Always have, always will.“...until the saying of the story gives enough weight to the words—to the memories—to keep them rolling on their own.”And once, I used to think I knew how stories work. I thought I was able to pick them up, look them over, and tell who and what and where and when. (Though not the why; the why is always another story.) “...But all stories start somewhere...”I thought indeed that I could say, here it starts, and, there it ends. But as I grew, and read, I started to see that things are not quite this simple. It would take a certain story to finally make realize the truth. The truth being...“...and that night, as Rhy Maresh walked through the streets of London...”The truth being, stories don't like to have their boundaries set. Never have. “...a new myth was taking shape.”And never will.•One day I'll publish an essay on what makes for a good storytelling, and all I will write in it will be: Victoria Schwab nailed it all down. There is no other way to put it: in A Conjuring of Light, and in the Shades of Magic series more generally, she was perfect. Elegant, graceful, confident, composed while vibrant and stirring while unruffled, polished, dynamic, exquisite; in two words, absolutely regal. Schwab's prose is something you can't equal, because it's one of a kind, something you can't forget, because it won't let you go, and something you can't even believe, because it is, very simply, too beautiful and mesmerizing to be true.•Each one of these characters is so fleshed-out I'm honestly astonished that even their names can stay put and flat on the page. In the previous instalment, I'd had some issues with Lila, who in my eyes had gone through the whole book being more boastful and hot-headed than I -or anyone- could take, instead of showing the determination and strength that had captivated me in A Darker Shade of Magic. But the Lila we meet in this conclusion is definitely more mature, while losing none of her distinctive fierceness and boldness and tenacity. “There were a hundred shades between a truth and lie, and she knew them all.” •Kell, Rhy and Alucard are just as amazing as we all knew they would be, plus, prepare yourselves to be delighted -and wrecked, and shattered, and wrecked some more- by some secrets concerning Alucard's (and to a degree Rhy's) past and some crucial plot-twists determining our favourite crown prince's future. The events test them both, and they are made all the stronger by their obstacles, the ones they share as well as the ones they have to overcome alone. Rhy's dedication and resolve, in particular, are splendidly inspirational.•It seems my stupid, stupid mind realized this only with this book, but Holland is such an incredible and extraordinary character. I cannot explain how much my heart bled and sang for him. I feel the need to reread the whole series just to appreciate him as he deserves and as I should have done from the beginning. “Caring was a thing with claws. It sank them in, and didn’t let go. Caring hurt more than a knife to the leg, more than a few broken ribs, more than anything that bled or broke and healed again. Caring didn’t break you clean. It was a bone that didn’t set, a cut that wouldn’t close.” •Osaron is one of the best villain I've had the (dis)pleasure to meet in a long while, and I was completely caught off guard and captivated by how compelling he proved to be. Besides, I utterly adore the concept that he's pure magic. “It is an arrogant man that thinks himself a god. And an arrogant god, thought Tieren, looking to the window, that thinks himself a man.” •The plots of A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows were already exceptional, but A Conjuring of Light basically towers over them. Fast-paced and heart-stopping, yet it never comes off as overly packed or in any way excessive -since we've already established that Schwab's trademarks are elegance and balance, I shouldn't even need to specify it.•There is one single insignificant tiny thing that felt slightly random, or maybe out of place, and that's the favour that Lila traded with (view spoiler)[Maris (hide spoiler)]. I expected it to be brought up again before the end, and it wasn't, and it felt a bit like a loose end. I'm really trying not to hope that Schwab purposely made it so, so as to have a sort of foothold for a possible continuation/spin-off/something, I promise I'm trying, but it just seems so natural and obvious once you notice. I just don't want my heart broken (again). Speaking of loose ends, I also thought Nasi's POV had been introduced because she would have a role later in the story, but that was apparently a red herring or purely a necessity in order to develop Ojka's character.•I think that plot-wise this works perfectly, and I feel that this was exactly how things were supposed to go, but I was and still am dreadfully curious about (view spoiler)[Kell's past (hide spoiler)]. I guess that's just something I'll have to live with. (See how hard I'm trying not to hope?)➽ I could try to put into words what I feel for this series, I could put my thinking cap on and make countless attempts, and still I would get nowhere. There simply are no words. I can only redirect you to my review of A Darker Shade of Magic and my review of A Gathering of Shadows, and hope they'll make my point a little clearer. Because believe me, you want to pick this series up. Of course, afterwards you'll want to kill me for introducing you to the most addictive obsession (?) of your life. But I'm more than confident that you'll also want to thank me. And until then, anoshe.
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  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    “A myth without a voice is like a dandelion without a breath of wind.No way to spread the seeds.”Victoria Schwab is my favourite. I've read every one of her books, from The Archived to The Near Witch, This Savage Song and Vicious. Alright, not the middle grade/childrens books, but I feel like I'm a little too old for that.I love her. She is one amazing, badass author. She has such a beautiful mind, she writes the most fantastic, dark and thrilling stories. She is truly unique and I'm so excited “A myth without a voice is like a dandelion without a breath of wind.No way to spread the seeds.”Victoria Schwab is my favourite. I've read every one of her books, from The Archived to The Near Witch, This Savage Song and Vicious. Alright, not the middle grade/childrens books, but I feel like I'm a little too old for that.I love her. She is one amazing, badass author. She has such a beautiful mind, she writes the most fantastic, dark and thrilling stories. She is truly unique and I'm so excited what the future holds for her (and for her readers).It may not come as a surprise when I tell you that the Shades of Magic series is one of my favourites as well. The concept alone is stunning. ADSOM swept me off my feet. In AGOS I lost my heart to Rhy and Alucard (I lost it to Rhy in ADSOM already, but a heart can be lost more then once when it's Rhy).I had the highest of hopes for this finale. Maybe slightly too high. I think I scared myself a little. And while I loved the book it didn't take me by storm. I think it's one of those "It isn't you, it's me!" cases because I can't find anything wrong with this book. I'm just not in love with it the way I'm in love with book 1 and 2.Writing a conclusion to a series is hard. It happens so (so so so) often that I'm 100% thrilled by a series and then 100% disappointed with the last book. Only a few authors manage to make the finale as great or even better than the prequels. Two rare examples are J.K. Rowling and Nora Sakavic. Even Leigh Bardugo and Maggie Stiefvater can't always convince me and they are two incredible writers.So what happened here? Why was I hesitating to pick this book up, when I was desperately pining for it for a whole year? What was I scared of? Yup, you guessed it: Disappointment.In the end the pacing was great, but some plot twists felt superfluous, unnecessary. Red London is in a state of panic and destruction. Osaron is the most powerful evil black magician ever. There is no time for anything but battle preparation. And the three most powerful magicians, the three people who are truly capable of destroying Osaron leave the country for several days? I'm not sure that's very realistic. There were several situations like this, some where I thought that they could have been left out of the book entirely and nothing would have changed except for the page count. In the end, a smaller page count and a more crafted and comprimised plot would have improved the book and left me more satisfied.This fantasy world also lost some of it's magic. Book 1 was so special and creative, book 2 introduced us to new cultures and characters, but book 3 didn't have this original and simply magical feeling to it anymore. Something went missing along the way. Even my favourite ship (Rhylucard) was less exciting than before.Luckily Victoria's writing is on point. Here dialouges are simply really good and so is the world she created. I'm also glad that Lila finally got a grip and got off this ego trip that she was on in AGOS. She annoyed me to hell and back.I couldn't give this book 5 stars even if I wanted to and 3 stars would have been the understatement of the year, but 4 stars feel just right.Victoria Schwab deserves a break. She is writing books like a madwoman and her books are intense and nervewracking and probably a hard pierce of work for the author. And while I can't wait for Vengeful and Our Dark Duet I just want to say thank you so much for the wonderful stories you share with us. You are truly awesome.Find more of my books on Instagram
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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    LORD HAVE MERCY! THIS BOOK!I was so afraid to go into it because I just knew everyone was going to die and that would be it, THEN END! Yes, people died. Yes, I let out some tears at parts. Yes, it was amaze balls. Yes, there was a lot of blood and violence. Yes, there was evil and magic and good. YES! YES! YES! I love Rhy, Kell, Lila and Alucard so much. I even started to love ole Holland. There are other side people too. ❤There is so much stuff going on. It starts right out of the gate and just LORD HAVE MERCY! THIS BOOK!I was so afraid to go into it because I just knew everyone was going to die and that would be it, THEN END! Yes, people died. Yes, I let out some tears at parts. Yes, it was amaze balls. Yes, there was a lot of blood and violence. Yes, there was evil and magic and good. YES! YES! YES! I love Rhy, Kell, Lila and Alucard so much. I even started to love ole Holland. There are other side people too. ❤There is so much stuff going on. It starts right out of the gate and just doesn't really stop. Maybe a break here and there but not too much. I think this was a perfect ending to this trilogy. And I love that Lila is a [email protected] woman in the book! I love when author's add a woman that can kick arse and take names. "Tell you what, " said the first attacker. "If you beg, we'll make it quick."Lila's blood sang the way it always did before a fight, clear and bright and hungry. "And why," she said, "would I want to rush your deaths?""Cocky bitch," growled the second. "I'm gonna fu--"Her knife hissed through the air and embedded itself in his throat. Blood spilled down his front as he clawed at his neck and toppled forward, and she made it under the next man's guard before the body hit the ground, driving her serrated blade up through his chin before the first blow caught her, a fist to the jaw. She went down hard, spitting blood into the street. Heat coursed through her limbs as a hand grabbed her by the hair and hauled her to her feed, a knife under her chin. "Any last words?" asked the man with the rotting teeth. Lila held up her hands, as if in surrender, before flashing a vicious smile. "Tyger, Tyger," she said, and the fire roared to life. If you haven't read this trilogy and have been wanting to, I suggest you get on it because it's freaking awesome! Anoshe. MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List
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  • no
    January 1, 1970
    Patient Name: Pragya Maresh BardStatus: DEADCause of death: Unknown; possible sources: V.E. SchwabSymptoms: Screaming; thrashing; crying profusely; repeatedly muttering lila bard Diagnosis: WHAT THE FUCK I AM DEAD HOLY SHITSANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT S Patient Name: Pragya Maresh BardStatus: DEADCause of death: Unknown; possible sources: V.E. SchwabSymptoms: Screaming; thrashing; crying profusely; repeatedly muttering lila bard Diagnosis: WHAT THE FUCK I AM DEAD HOLY SHITSANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT SANCT WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD Delilah Bard:He said she was mad and stubborn and no use to us dead - an accurate summary of lila bard by tieren, head priest and knower of things “You think this is a bad idea,” he said. It wasn’t a question. But it sparked something in Lila, rekindled the fire in her eyes and ignited a grin. “Without a doubt.”“Then why are you smiling?”“Because,” she said, “bad ideas are my favorite kind.” It’s no secret (if you know me at all) that I identify as Lila Trash™, and @allthehaters, here's a list of reasons why LILA BARD IS AWESOME AND YOU'RE WRONG:1. SHE SINGLE HANDEDLY RESCUED KELL FROM A PARALLEL UNIVERSE FROM A CAGE PROTECTED BY THE SHARPEST KNIGHT IN WHITE LONDON2. She's fucking badass.3. She's Lila Bard and she doesn't give a damn.My friend (who hated Lila) said she wasn't as annoying in this book. And I suppose, in a sense it's true - she went through a hell lot of character development. She hated goodbyes, but she said them. She hated caring, but she cared anyway. She wanted to run, but she stayed anyway. These subtle changes were far more powerful than any words could be. If book #1 was Kell and book #2 was Lila, this was Holland. Holland, who V.E. Schwab ships with sadness. Holland, who lost everything but still fought for his world. Holland, who broke my heart because FUCK NOBODY DESERVES SO MUCH PAIN. The bodies piled. Athos watched. Astrid grinned. Holland’s hand moved on its puppet string. And his mind screamed until it finally lost its voice. - Kell x Lila: They kiss so much?? Honestly I should have kept count of how many times they kiss because they’re rushing off to danger every two seconds and just kiss before all the time just for luck you know - also LILA ALMOST DIED and kell breaks apart and jfc he carries her back and hugs her and MY HEART - Rhylucard: I SHIP THEM SO MUCH. SO DAMN MUCH. - I swear, 75% of my highlights from this book are rhylucard moments because they're so precious honestly “Luc?” rasped Rhy.“I’m here,” answered Alucard. “I’m here. Stay with me.”He tried to speak, but his heart slammed against his ribs as if trying to break through.It redoubled, then faltered. - He woke up and called him luc my heart is over he was dying and what he thought of what said was luc jfc Alucard clutched his lover’s hand. - HE CALLED HIM HIS LOVER I AM DEAD I AM DYING - THE WORLD WENT TO HELL AND YOU KNOW WHAT ALUCARD’S REACTION WAS: All that mattered - all that would ever matter - was this.Rhy was alive. - I mean, how can you not cry reading that?Also can we talk about Kell on Rhylucard & Alucard walking in on Kell and Lila because it's the best thing ever: - I love Protective Kell™ so much “I told you to keep him safe, not cuddle” - also this: “Kell,” she said, the word something between a whisper and a gasp. And then the door burst open. Alucard stood in the doorway, soaking wet, as if he’d just been dumped in the sea, or the sea had been dumbed over him. “Stop fucking with the ship.” - I have never laughed so much in my lifeThis book is a monster. Actually - V.E. Schwab is a monster. A beautiful cold hearted monster who will stop at nothing less than my death. Well? There you have it. A GODAMM PERFECT ENDING. This is why I run. Because caring was a thing with claws. It sank them in, and didn’t let go. Caring hurt more than a knife to the leg, motor then anything that bled or broke and healed again. Caring didn’t break you clean. It was a bone that didn’t set, a cut that wouldn’t close. VERDICT: VICTORIA SCHWAB HAS SHATTERED ME AND I DON'T KNOW IF I'LL EVER BE FINE. WHAT I DO KNOW IS THAT EVERYBODY ON THIS PLANET NEEDS THIS TRILOGY IN THERE LIFE. pre-review(s) because I'm trash lmao update: IT'S HERE OH MY GOD I'M SCARED TO ACTUALLY READ IT WTFanother update because I CAN'T CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT WHAT IS THIS LIFE I NEED THIS BUT I CAN'T READ IT will probably skip school and read it the second it comes out because yes I'm Trash honestly I've never wanted anything in my life so much?? ALSO I HEARD THERE'S DEATH I WILL SUE IF THERE'S DEATH(messages from me to may and honestly i'm mad because nobody's as excited for this as I am HELLO IT'LL BE THE END OF AN ERA) (also i feel like it's been a lot of time since I said this but I LOVE LILA BARD just an update)Do you know what I just realised? (yes this is an update because I thought I was ready, guess what I'M NOT)This book releases in 18 days.Which is to say, 432 hours.259200 minutes.15552000 seconds till we get more Kell and Lila and Alucard and Rhy.I know it's not accurate. Fight me.
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  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    January 1, 1970
    Updated 9/11/17:I will be crying for the next 75 years. This was perfection. It was such a good conclusion.▪▪▪UMMMMM so I finished A Gathering of Shadows and placed an order for this book within 10 minutes. It only took so long because I had to find my credit card. GIMME. Updated 9/11/17:I will be crying for the next 75 years. This was perfection. It was such a good conclusion.▪️▪️▪️UMMMMM so I finished A Gathering of Shadows and placed an order for this book within 10 minutes. It only took so long because I had to find my credit card. GIMME.
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  • Kainat 《HUFFLEPUFF & PROUD》
    January 1, 1970
    DNF 39%Disclaimer: It's not the book, it might just be me! Here is the thing, i thoroughly enjoyed Darker Shades of Magic and Gathering of Shadows! However, having to wait an entire year has ruined this series for me. I no longer care about the plot or give any shits about what happens to these characters. I've simply moved on, it seems. This is precisely why i loath starting unfinished series. I am sure it's not a bad book but since i didn't like however much i read, i can't rate it any higher. DNF 39%Disclaimer: It's not the book, it might just be me! Here is the thing, i thoroughly enjoyed Darker Shades of Magic and Gathering of Shadows! However, having to wait an entire year has ruined this series for me. I no longer care about the plot or give any shits about what happens to these characters. I've simply moved on, it seems. This is precisely why i loath starting unfinished series. I am sure it's not a bad book but since i didn't like however much i read, i can't rate it any higher. (based on what i read)There is no character development whatsoever. AH, it bothers me so much. (except Holland)Lila, let's talk about her first. What is the matter with her? I didn't mind her recklessness in the first book, quite enjoyed it actually. In the second book, however, it was getting a little too ridiculous. i also saw others complaining about it as well, i still decided to overlook it. STUPID ME! This one was just way over the top! This has got to stop. It was just annoying and unrealistic. I couldn't read this bullshit any longer let alone actually take it seriously. Kell. My precious baby Kell. Oh, how i loved you for years, Kell! You people probably don't have any idea how much I appreciated a character like Kell, who isn't a cliched alpha male crap. (that seems to be the most recent trend in YA *rolls eyes*) His loneliness, him wanting to just belong somewhere got me, man! He seemed totally out of character in this last book. He was whiny and boring AF. Not a great combination, I must say. I can't stand them as a couple!! They didn't have to be romanticly involved. It felt forced. I've always had an extremely hard time imagining Lila being in a relationship with anyone. IT'S MANON BLACKBEAK ALL OVER AGAIN!!! I'm disgusted and disappointed. Then there are Rhy and Alucard, who i absolutely, 100% do not give a shit about. I wanted to keep reading this for Holland.. maybe one day I'll finish it. Just for him.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Ehhhhhh. I finished this one a while back, but I just couldn't decide how I felt about it.I mean, it was ok. Nothing was horribly wrong, and I certainly didn't feel pissed off when I closed the book. It just left me with this vaguely meh feeling.Like...why did I read all of this?This was, at 624 pages, a HUGE book. <--for me!I know some of you read massive tomes every night before bed, but I usually snack on comic books or fluffy romance novels, so when these bigguns don't deliver I feel a t Ehhhhhh. I finished this one a while back, but I just couldn't decide how I felt about it.I mean, it was ok. Nothing was horribly wrong, and I certainly didn't feel pissed off when I closed the book. It just left me with this vaguely meh feeling.Like...why did I read all of this?This was, at 624 pages, a HUGE book. <--for me!I know some of you read massive tomes every night before bed, but I usually snack on comic books or fluffy romance novels, so when these bigguns don't deliver I feel a tad disappointed.And I'm not actually saying it didn't deliver, because look at all the bjillion 5 star reviews! Apparently, I'm one of the few people on the planet that had a lukewarm reaction to A Conjuring of Light, so please don't take this review as a slam on the book. It's a solid finish to the trilogy, there are no dangling threads left out there, and I was (for the most part) satisfied by the way it wrapped up.Schwab is a fantastic storyteller, and since she's managed to write my oldest son's favorite story ever --> Vicious, I'm afraid if I say anything less than glowing I'll have to sleep with one eye open. You never know with kids these days...*ducks*Still, I did have a few issues. I'll tag the ones that are possible spoilers...(view spoiler)[The two spoilery things I wasn't crazy about were Holland's ending, and Kells magic pains.First, Holland. I guess not everyone gets a happy ending, but man! That dude never got to have a good day in his LIFE! Everyone he ever knew was HORRIBLE to him, then he was tortured for years by those psycho twins, and after sacrificing his life once already...everyone in Red London still hates his guts. It was bad enough that the poor guy ended up slinking off to his own dimension to die (and maybe rejuvenate his London? Vague, much?), but why in the hell didn't Kell explain to everyone that Holland had been unable to control his actions while the Dane twins were alive. I mean, that would have gone a long way toward Lila forgiving him for that dude's death. And, yes, he was responsible for the evil dude escaping Black London, but give me a fucking break! The guy was half dead, stranded in a different dimension (after Kell killed him, btw!), and he thought letting that thing possess him might save his people. Can we not cut the poor fella any slack?To me, it felt like he was just the whipping boy so that there could be a tragic hero...who wasn't Kell.Which brings us to Kell and his ouchie magic.Why? Why does it now hurt every time he does magic? I mean, I know why...I read it! But it just seemed tacked on so that no one could accuse Schwab of going easy on her main character. So, yeah, he lives. But it hurts when he does magic now. Whatever. (hide spoiler)]I guess the other thing I wasn't crazy about was Lila and Kell's relationship. It never felt genuine or even really romantic. I don't know why, but they just seemed like a very dull couple. And I think Schwab can write depth to her romantic attachments because Rhy and Alucard had depth.P.S. This has nothing to do with the story, but I could not for the life of me stop thinking: Alucard is Dracula spelled backward!My kids used to LOVE The Batman vs. Dracula movie and there was this one scene in it that kept running through my mind during this entire book...Dun, dun, duuun! *gasp!*Anyway. I guess the rest of it was fine. There was some great stand out moments that I really enjoyed, and I think anyone who has read the first 2 books should be satisfied with this last installment. Overall though, I can't say I this would be a series/trilogy that I'd want to reread.
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  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    January 1, 1970
    I was incredibly excited to read the last book in this series and wow was it action packed. Almost too much if that's possible. I definitely enjoyed it (and recommend it!) but it wasn't as good as the two other ones in my opinion. I overall liked how things were wrapped up at the end but I felt like Lila's character was a bit one-dimensional.More in my wrap up at the end of the month!
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    1.) A Darker Shade of Magic ★★★2.) A Gathering of Shadows ★★★ “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.” I have read one book in this series every year for the BooktubeSFF Awards. And every year I enjoy what I’m reading, I close the book pretty pleased, and then I sit down to write my review and start thinking about how these are suc 1.) A Darker Shade of Magic ★★★2.) A Gathering of Shadows ★★★ “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.” I have read one book in this series every year for the BooktubeSFF Awards. And every year I enjoy what I’m reading, I close the book pretty pleased, and then I sit down to write my review and start thinking about how these are such big books with so little happening. And I know they are character driven. One of my favorite books of all time is the most character driven thing out there, but for some reason I just don’t love this series like everyone else does. A Conjuring of Light is the third and final novel in this trilogy that surround four different parallel Londons:➽ Grey London - is like our real world's London, with no magic. Delilah Bard is from this London.➽ Red London - is the home of the main protagonist, Kell, where he and his royal family rule. There is an abundance of magic in this London, most coming from a red river which lights up the whole city.➽ White London - is a city in war with itself. It was ruled by evil twins, but now has a new king. Everyone in this London tries to fight for magic and power within this corrupt city.➽ Black London - and is still basically a mystery. It is essentially a lost city, since regular people cannot travel between worlds.And after the brutal cliffhanger ending that was A Gathering of Shadows, A Conjuring of Light picks right back up after the events! And without saying anything too spoilery, since this is the concluding novel and all, our main character, Kell Maresh, and his home, Red London, are in serious danger. But with the help of a ruthless thief/assassin, Lila Bard, a swoon-worthy pirate, Alucard Emery, the best prince to have ever lived, Rhy Maresh, and a very morally grey Antari, Holland Vosijk, they are trying to save everything they’ve ever known and loved. “Life isn't made of choices, it's made of trades. Some are good, some are bad, but they all have a cost.” And even the idea of four different color coded Londons, with a handful of magical people who can travel between them, is so damn genius that I don’t even have words for it. Also, V.E. Schwab is such a talented writer. The way she echoes phrases from different books, or even sentences from previous chapters, is so powerful and is able to evoke all the emotions from me. She truly can weave and craft paragraphs together so expertly and I’m constantly impressed with her writing. I just feel like not a lot happens in her books. Like, a few big, key, important things happen without question, and storylines get completed, but I just feel like it is such a longwinded journey to get there. And these books are so easily consumable that you don’t really realize until after you’ve closed the book. I mean, at least for me and my personal reading experiences. Seriously, go back and look at my other two reviews; I say the same thing. Also, the big bad villain just fell so very short for me. The magic started off so dang well, but the villain really ended up feeling lackluster to me.But my biggest complaint about the other two installments in this series is that they don’t read or feel adult to me. But you know what A Conjuring of Light reads and feels like? Adult, without question. Also, just a little caveat, if an author says their work is in a certain age bracket/genre, then it is. I am just saying A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows don’t feel or read like adult fantasy to me, but I’m not saying they aren’t. But ACOL did give me those brutal moments that made me go “okay, this isn’t YA” quite a lot. Also, trigger and content warnings for abuse, torture, abduction, slavery, captivity, talk of suicide, violence, gore, heavy blood depiction, abandonment, and depiction of grief and PTSD. Oh and I guess sexual content, too, but nothing too graphic. (Also, hello, perverted Melanie here to report that that sex scene was 11/10 and was so smooth and sexy and I actually loved it!) “I have never known what to make of you. Not since the day we met. And it terrifies me. You terrify me. And the idea of you walking away again, vanishing from my life, that terrifies me most of all.” But my biggest love for this series is Rhy Maresh, who has completely and without question stole my heart. He is easily my favorite character in this series. My beautiful, pure, cinnamon roll, unbreakable boy. I stan one man from this series, and it’s him. And he deserves everything good in the universe. Breathtaking art meliescribbles “We don't choose what we are, but we choose what we do.” Overall, take this review with a large grain of salt. I am for sure in the minority with not loving these books as much as everyone else. And even though this isn’t my favorite series, I think Victoria is incredibly talented and I can’t wait to see what she does next. And I truly think that these books get better and better, with A Conjuring of Light being my favorite in the series, and the last couple chapters of this book had me smiling from ear to ear in pure happiness. And I ultimately do feel really fulfilled and happy with the ending. Plus, I’m very interested (especially after gushing with my friend Julie) with reading the graphic novel series set around a character from this world. Also, I have the highest of hopes for the spinoff that Victoria is working on. I just hope I fall completely head over heels in love, instead of only just enjoying. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | TwitchBuddy read with Julie! ❤Readalong for the BooktubeSFF Awards which is being hosted by:🌑 Samantha from Sam's Nonsense🌒 Frankie from Frankie Reads🌓 Kaitlin from Kitty G🌔 Rachel from Kalanadi🌕 Thomas from SFF180🌖 Connor from Connor O'Brien🌗 Sam from Thoughts on Tomes🌘 Chelsea from TheReadingOutlaw🌑 Elena from Elena Reads Books
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  • destini mia
    January 1, 1970
    the only reason i haven't skewered and started roasting myself like a kabob for not finishing A Conjuring of Light the first time around is because i finished it the second time and appreciated it for all that it is worth, dEAR LORd.you know that feeling when you've just walked out of the theater after watching a bomb! ass! movie! that has literally changed your entire being because you've, like, dementored the shit out of it and feel like you're 73% what you've just watched. that's how i feel a the only reason i haven't skewered and started roasting myself like a kabob for not finishing A Conjuring of Light the first time around is because i finished it the second time and appreciated it for all that it is worth, dEAR LORd.you know that feeling when you've just walked out of the theater after watching a bomb! ass! movie! that has literally changed your entire being because you've, like, dementored the shit out of it and feel like you're 73% what you've just watched. that's how i feel after finishing this aND I FEEL LIKE I CAN DO ANYTHING RIGHT NOW. thankfully, i've retained some of my wits (although an argument can be made otherwise) and will not act on this feeling because i'm pretty sure someone'll just end up walking in on me slowly bleeding to death with my foot stuck in a hole in the wall as i try to enter a different universe.this book has taken so much from me .............. my heart, my time, my dignity and i just think back to a few days ago where i was seriously concerned because i thought i wasn't really feeling anything for this book. i thought too much time between the first two had passed and now, this series was nothing more fond memory to be left in its place.i know what you're thinking, who let this plebeian get an account on goodreads and spew this fAKE NEWS. to which i must say....... i hear ya, i respect ya, i'm there. but then things happened and more things happened and those things turned into other things and the things almost ruined ma life and then things thing'd and i'm just here trying to survive The Things.and if that makes no sense so you, then welcome to my life, where this book didn't leave me speechless but speechful and none of it makes any sense but i'm just feelings the feels right now. because these characters find their way into your heart despite your best efforts and the writing is tOP NOTCH and the world-building leaves you breathless. i mean, it's been years since i've said to myself, holy hot darn do i wish this world was real and i was in it but ........ well........ holy hot darn to i wish this world was real and i was in it. all i have left to say is that this series is over and i am Distraught. “But all stories start somewhere, and that night, as he walked through the streets of London, a new myth was taking shape.”
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  • Ashley Nuckles
    January 1, 1970
    If A Gathering of Shadows deserved 100+ stars, A Conjuring of Light deserves 10x that many. I have no words. This series is honestly my favorite out of everything I've ever read and I just want to reread the first one now that it's all over! My heart is so happy. Anoshe ADSOM.
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  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
    January 1, 1970
    4.25 StarsOverview: “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.” Okay, I know my rating is picky and oddly specific, but it’s true. I enjoyed this more than AGOS (making it my favorite of the series) but it's still just shy of 5 stars. In fact, that's what I rated it in a blind-emotional fury immediately after I finished. Because there was a lot I loved. ...But also some stuff I didn 4.25 StarsOverview: “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.” Okay, I know my rating is picky and oddly specific, but it’s true. I enjoyed this more than AGOS (making it my favorite of the series) but it's still just shy of 5 stars. In fact, that's what I rated it in a blind-emotional fury immediately after I finished. Because there was a lot I loved. ...But also some stuff I didn't. Another BR with Sana. (Even though she hated AGOS, smh.)Pros:I need to read another Schwab book like now. This series was my first experience with her writing and I love it. She utilizes crisp sentences and sensory details so I can completely visualize the scene. She expertly lets the scene rise and fall and is a master at setting tone.Listen and let me tell you about my two new children: Rhy Maresh and Alucard Emery. I JUST REALLY LOVE BOTH OF THEM OKAY. Rhy especially has a ton of character development. I laughed with him at the beginning and here my heart broke for him. He has to step up so much and really come into his own as a leader and I just love it. Alucard and Kell bickering like old women is my new aesthetic. I could have honestly read a whole book about this, I swear. (But I also loved getting to see more of Luc’s backstory and taking him more seriously)The ending works very well. No spoilers, but everyone ends up in believable places and there’s certainly ramifications. Speaking of which, the villain here is kind of awesome. Not quite the direction I was expecting for this series, but it works very well and I loved getting inside his head.There are certain scenes the whole series seemed to be building towards and they are tense. Very well done and some of these really blew my mind. Yes, hello it is I. Still loving Holland and just silently weeping in the background. Just such a dynamic character with such a strong presence on the page. Cons:At almost 700 pages, this is a little long. Places seemed overstuffed while others seemed off-topic, and there just some major pacing issues. The first 100 pages or so take off right after the explosive ending of AGOS, but then everything veers one direction and then another and sort of clambers together by the ending. I really liked a lot of these elements, but couldn’t help by feel they were a little random? This floating market idea was super cool and I loved the way it played out, but it literally came out of nowhere.There were several characters who were expanded upon here—the king, queen, visitors from neighboring cities and others. While I really enjoyed their perspectives and how they impacted the story, it felt a little out of place to just now learn about these characters. I wish a lot of this started in the second book. Listen: Lila is a fun character, but she has no development. She seems almost exactly the same here as she did at the beginning of ADSOM. She definitely is fun, and I love how capable she is. But at some point the narrative switched to continually telling me what a bad-ass she is. She felt ridiculously over-powered. Why did the second book include a whole plot about magic having consequences and Kell warning her about her recklessness if nothing comes of it???In Conclusion:Anoshe -----------------------------I'm here for Rhy and Luc. ❤️❤️(And maybe even Kell) (Everyone but Lila, probably)
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  • rin (lorenzo)
    January 1, 1970
    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 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. me: *slams fist on table* time to write acol reviewinner me: you can't write a serious one even if they paid youinner me: you're going to babble and yell incoherentlyinner me: it would be full of cringeinner me: and you will also cryme: *slams two fists on table* THATS THE PLANI HONESTLY DONT KNOW WHERE TO START. SO MANY FEELINGS.acol is a beautiful conclusion of one of my most favorite book series and i spent 10 minutes crying because it's over. i can't easily let my favorite characters and one of my favorite worlds go.i pulled an allnighter to read this book, i binge read it for 11 hours, had like 2 hours of sleep in two days, paced around my flat like a fucking zombie numb and empty after i finished it and I REGRET NOTHING. i loved this book so much!!! it's so intense, action-packed and glorious. i enjoyed the story and all characters interactions and i WISH it would've been longer (even tho its 600+ pages lmao)this book made me cry so fucking much though. like, i don't cry easily and GODDAMN IT VICTORIA why. acol made me feel so many things, it made me laugh, made me cry, made me so worried sometimes, i felt like dying. sometimes it was SO FUCKING CREEPY and sometimes it was so FLUFFY. also JEEZ there was no relaxing, something good happens and you're like 'oh phew' and then you turn the page AND SHIT HITS YOU IN THE FACE. pls give me a break????i'm very sad that the story has ended but at the same time im very happy. A Conjuring of Light may mark the end of one adventure, but remember: when it comes to this world, new doors are always being made.- Victoria Schwab!!!!!!!!!!everything further contains spoilers which i won't mark as spoilers so PLEASE don't read it further if you haven't read the book yet!!!!!!!!!!listen, i expected it to be cool, but it was way cooler??? but what's with this KILLING SPREE. remember when victoria was like oh this book is 35% death and i was like phew it doesnt sound so bad AND THEN THIS BOOK MURDERED LIKE EVERY SIDE CHARACTER I CARED ABOUT AND I WAS LIKE WHAT THE FUCK VICTORIA. i cried the hardest at calla's death, maxim's death, hastra's death (omg i cant even think abt it without tearing up??? he thought he was a bad guard and then he saved kell and,,,,send help why did my tiny son die he should've been a priest but then kell might've died WHY) AND HOLLAND'S DEATH (i knew holland would die and i knew he would die like he did (finally free and calm but JESUS. FUCKING. CHRIST. i didn't know i have so many tears in me). “Death comes for us all,” said Holland evenly. “I would simply have mine mean something.” about holland though. for me he was the highlight of this book. i didn't like him in the first book and then agos happened and i softened to him BUT IN THIS FUCKING BOOK HE JUST BROKE MY HEART SO MANY TIMES MY SOFT SPOT FOR HIM IS THE SIZE OF OUR UNIVERSE. he got a redemption arc and this redemption arc is 9138483/10, his backstory made me cry so many times (like, his brother tried to kill him when he was a little boy???? a girl he loved and was happy with tried to kill him?? his best friend was killed and he couldn't save him??? he was tortured and captured and he couldn't do anything about it but just count his kills (i will never stop crying that he did it) and suffer??? and then it happened again after he just got free??? my poor tortured soN, i wanted to tuck him in the bed and cover him with all the blankets i have). i loved his interaction with kell so much and i loved holland so much and i can't convey my emotions about him in the text because DAMMIT he's totally the best character of this book and one of the best antagonists-but-not-really i've ever read about and can i have more characters like holland pretty please. i fucking started bawling when he trapped osaron and then i kept sobbing when he woke up and i couldn't stop weeping when he died because i knew it would happen and in a way it was a perfect ending for him (he died and his world lived and that is what he always desired and awknfaliefn im dead) but DAMN IT HURTS. Lila met Holland’s gaze, expecting—maybe even hoping—to find that cold, implacable calm, perhaps tinged with disgust. Instead, she found shades of sadness, loss. And somehow, strength. The strength to go on. To try again. To trust. i loved INTERACTIONS in this book so much.kell and rhy are forever my most favorite brother duo. they love and care about each other so much i would die for them.rhy and alucard are two idiots in love and i hope they're forever happy. alucard's backstory is so horrible (i cant believe his brother survived but good people didnt wtf can he jump off a cliff thank u very much nobody needs him) and i'm so happy that rhy understood and forgave him and wjskfeafjsklfskl pls be happy.kell and lila (!!!!!!!!!!!!!). i shipped them from the very beginning AND THEY FINALLY GOT TOGETHER AND THEY'RE SOOO CUUUUTEEE. i love kell and lila and their relationship and the fact that kell would rather shoot himsef in the head than trust her (jk). i love how they're different but they complete each other in their own way. i love that the series wasn't really focused on their romance, but it's still enough and it's beautiful and i want to cri. also kell is very efficient teacher isnt he. Ned stared at her with open awe. “You’re like him.”“No,”said Kell dryly, striding past him. “She’s one of a kind.” kell and alucard gave me life with their bickering.kell and holland!!!!!!!!!!! good shit right here!!!!!!!!!! kell cared about holland and i cried at this and i wish it was different between them, like, holland is so older brother material for kell and AAAAAAAAAAAAA. and holland, too, was pretty fond of kell here i think. and i want to weep again because it could've been so much more.ALSO THE SQUAD aka kell, rhy, lila and alucard. omg how much i loved that scene when they drank together and their interactions overall AND I WISH THERE WERE MORE because damn this is the squad i can read hours about.THE THREE ANTARI. one of the best things that happened in this book. i wanted this from the very beginning and YESSSS kell, lila and holland finally worked together AND HOLLAND WAS THE ANCHOR, THE CENTER and this is perfect??? Lila looked to Kell. “You didn’t teach me this one.”His jaw was slack. “I …I didn’t know it.”Holland gave them both a bland look. “Amazing,”he said dryly. “There are still things you haven’t learned.” i loved all characters in this book, and thanks to victoria schwab for creating them and i cant believe i have to say good bye to them.*cries externally**cries internally**cries eternally*as i already said im pretty satisfied with the closure. but i'm not satisfied with complete lack of backstory for lila. like, kell's parents thing was at least acknowledged, holland got a decent backstory that i will never stop crying about, but lila got nothing. i wanted to know more about her from the very beginning of the series and we didn't even get glimpses into her past. (i also don't understand how she almost died when kell said 93289894 times in adsom that antari are almost invincible and it's really hard, almost impossible to kill them and then bam lila could've died if holland didn't heal her. i understand that her wound was fatal but idk). pretty much only issues i have with this book tho.overall, for me this book was perfect. fast, intense and exciting. i wish it weren't the end.pls hold me while im crying12108392810293/10 It wasn’t a good-bye, not really. What was the word for parting? Anoshe.That was it. Until another day. Anoshe.~~~~~~~did i finish this book or did this book finish me?fyi i spent last two parts fucking bawlingmy pillow is wet my nose is running my eyes are dry i feel empty and dead inside i need a hugrtc hopefully~~~~~~~pre-reading:*new updates are posted in the beginningfirst of all, is this holland vs danes twins flashbacksecond, WILL thERE BE A MOMENT WHERE HOLLAND DOENST GET HURT JESUS~~~WHY R U SO CRUEL STOP TORTURING ME @VESCHWAB~~~im dead dead dead dying dead dead deceased14 days until acol im yelling~~~#GiveHollandABreak#HollandProtectionSquadwhat has become of this review~~~(src Victoria's twitter)H E L L O :-)~~~HI GUYS I AM SCREAMING YOURE WELCOME TO JOIN ME*yells*~~~i love how alucard cant stop antagonizing kell50 days YAy~~~TELL ME ITS ABOUT HOLLAND IT MUST BE ABOUT HOLLAND RIGHT~~~this is also very beautiful i have feelings™ ~~~hnnnng~~~my precious girl i miss her so much~~~:D~~~9/10/16AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAK E L L L A U G H E D my baby~~~8/10/16;А;~~~15/09/16ACOL'S FIRST SNIPPET Y'ALL~~~10/06/16i am fine this is fine i aM NOT FINE HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO WAIT UNTIL FEBRUARY VICTORIA IS SO CRUEL(i am trying to prepare for my exam which is tomorrow AND SHE DROPS THAT)~~~23/05/16  How was she supposed to fight a woman whose knives didn’t even stay in her hands?The answer, of course, was simple: the same way she fought anyone else.Quick and dirty. THE COVER IS SO BEAUTIFUL OH MY GOD SO GORGEOUS I'M HYPERVENTILATING THE EXCERPT ALSO!!!! Lila being badass while saving Kell! SIGN ME UP!!!!!!How are we supposed to WAIT UNTIL FEBRUARY~~~28/04/16IT HAS A RELEASE DATE!! FEBRUARY 21, 2017!!~~~20/04/16IT HAS A TITLE~~~17/04/2016IS IT RHYLUCARD
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  • Piera
    January 1, 1970
    A truly beautiful ending to an incredible series. Schwab never disappoints and this book, as well as the first two, were phenomenal.
  • Maram
    January 1, 1970
    "A myth without a voice is like a dandelion without a breath of wind. No way to spread the seeds."Too. Much. Feels. hElp. This is hands down my FAVORITE book from the Shades of Magic trilogy! It's rare for me to be satisfied with a conclusion to a series as a lot of the times the spark gets lost along the way but not in ACOL's case. It has everything I want in a conclusion and more!• We get to see a different and a more in-depth side of some of our characters (ehem, my bby Holland *_*). However, "A myth without a voice is like a dandelion without a breath of wind. No way to spread the seeds."Too. Much. Feels. hElp. This is hands down my FAVORITE book from the Shades of Magic trilogy! It's rare for me to be satisfied with a conclusion to a series as a lot of the times the spark gets lost along the way but not in ACOL's case. It has everything I want in a conclusion and more!• We get to see a different and a more in-depth side of some of our characters (ehem, my bby Holland *_*). However, I would have liked to know more about Lila and Kell's past since they're both still a mystery to me. • Lots and lots and lots and lots of action (perhaps some deaths too?). Seriously, read it at your own risk ;)• RHY RHY RHY RHY RHY.• HOLLAND HOLLAND HOLLAND HOLLAND HOLLAND.• Lila is even more reckless in this one but damn I still love her• Kell and Alucard are such cutie pies. I live for their bickering :')• Secondary characters that will make you fall in love and cry. • Some more action. How do you defeat the undefeatable, you may ask? Read this book to find out :)• THE ending will leave you sighing for days (at least I hope it does). I loved it.---Lbr, I'm slightly terrified of the conclusion to this series
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  • April
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, I'm a mess inside. Nope. This series is not over. Never the less this book was such a perfect wrap to this series. It was beautiful and heartbreaking. Definitely deserves all the stars. "Anoshe - until another day."
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    January 1, 1970
    #1 A Darker Shade of Magic ★★★★★#2 A Gathering of Shadows ★★★★★#3 A Conjuring of Light ★★★★★You know a series finale is good when you have to savor it for this long, just to put off the pain of seeing it end, and then all you can do is type tearful, rambling tweets to the author about how much you adore her story. This was perfection. This finale puts to shame almost every other series finale I have ever read. RTC---Buddy read with Terry and Julie! ♥♥♥
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  • Adina
    January 1, 1970
    Yes, finally a novel that keeps me hooked and eager to turn the page. It’s been a while. The third and final volume in the Shades of Magic YA fantasy trilogy is everything it should be. It has plenty of action and drama although it slows down the pace from time to time to allow some breathing. There is death, as one should expect after the end of the 2nd volume, there is pain and loss but also hope, love and happiness. The characters finally grow up and Lila is not so damn annoying, only a littl Yes, finally a novel that keeps me hooked and eager to turn the page. It’s been a while. The third and final volume in the Shades of Magic YA fantasy trilogy is everything it should be. It has plenty of action and drama although it slows down the pace from time to time to allow some breathing. There is death, as one should expect after the end of the 2nd volume, there is pain and loss but also hope, love and happiness. The characters finally grow up and Lila is not so damn annoying, only a little bit. Alucard is amazing as expected and the other characters grew on me. We get to read the stories of some of the side characters and I was particularly touched by the Queen’s as I see myself in some of her traits. In terms of relationships, the one between Alucard and Rhy was beautifully written and I could feel the love between them. On the other hand, there was no chemistry on paper between Lila and Kel. I felt that the author put them together only because she supposed to, it was not natural. The love scenes between them were lifeless, to say at least. The magic was amazing as before although some of it was too convenient, such as the binding rings. I mean, what luck to find those exactly when needed. This was my second YA fantasy series and I recommend it if you like these kind of books or fantasy in general. I was reluctant to try YA but after enjoying Grisha and this one, I won’t say no to others.
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  • Sana
    January 1, 1970
    *MAJOR spoilers ahead. THEY WILL NOT BE MARKED* like, seriously they are all over the place, you've been warned.---lol so, fuck this book for not giving me the ending i wanted. who am i kidding though, the day i started reading this book, Schwab decided it was a good day to HIGHLIGHT THE FUCKING ENDING for this damn book and spread that shit all over my feed. people commented the ending and my fucking traitorous eyes saw that damn spoiler so, \_(ツ)_/like, even though i knew that poor bby Holland *MAJOR spoilers ahead. THEY WILL NOT BE MARKED* like, seriously they are all over the place, you've been warned.---lol so, fuck this book for not giving me the ending i wanted. who am i kidding though, the day i started reading this book, Schwab decided it was a good day to HIGHLIGHT THE FUCKING ENDING for this damn book and spread that shit all over my feed. people commented the ending and my fucking traitorous eyes saw that damn spoiler so, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯like, even though i knew that poor bby Holland was going to die, i didn't really get emotional until i actually read that part. listen, before y'all start sharpening your knives and loading your guns to come and get me for rating this book three stars, hear me out:※though this book was much more enjoyable and fast paced than the second, it was still 'meh' for me. i don't know there's just this really dull and bland feel to this story. no matter how much i enjoyed the first and this book, that dull feel to the plot is just there. the writing is just so emotionless???? for me????? IT'S JUST BLAND. ok. -the characters※so, Lila BardAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHso this garbage shit. hmmmmmmmmshe became a bit more tolerable, though the same boring underdeveloped piece of shit whose death i would have gladly accepted :)※Rhy Mareshok hi, i'm willing to lose my limbs for this flirty, adorable piece of shit. honestly, he's been through so much and he deserves hugs, cookies, and a lifetime of Tim Hortons. like, first Luc hurt him (i forgive Luc though) and then his parents got themselves slaughtered and this kid had to witness that and JUST TUCK HIM UNDER THE BLANKETS, HE'S TOO PURE FOR THIS WORLD. ※Kell Mareshok i really like his character in book 1, but then he just bored me to death in book 2. now in book 3, he's also meh, though 10x better than Lila bitch. (view spoiler)[also, let's not forget the fact that he ate out Lila in the ship :) (hide spoiler)] now if it were any other girl, i probably wouldn't have hated him too much, but i mean Lila. really Schwab???-----AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I LOVED KELL AND LILA'S HAPPY ENDING. :) :) :) no srsly i was bursting with rainbows. -and Alucard Emery:):) :)i love him. (view spoiler)[*kell and lila doing some coochie coochie*luc: stop fucking with the ship (hide spoiler)]ahaha i love him.AND LET'S NOT FORGET what his brother did to him after he caught Luc with Rhy. AHAHAHA NO PAIN AT ALL.but srsly i'm happy Luc and Rhy got their happy ending after all the shit they've been through. i'm glad schwab decided to be nice and let them be happy. :-)※Hollandoh boy, this precious bby. ok so, i thought he was an ass in book 1-LISTEN I DIDN'T KNOW THE DEAL WITH HIM OK, PUT THOSE KNIVES AWAY. but damn did his character develop like my grades dropping from semester 1 to 3 from a 90 to 65 :) ahaha not really but you get the idea. he's literally the most complex character and the amount of neglect and lack of love he gets from everyone makes my traitorous heart feel this pain, like he's such a sweetheart ugh. anyways, WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED WITH HIM AT THE END??? i'm so fucking confused???? in a way he gets peace (???) but like he dies???? what the fuck????? lol he's alive ok. he's. fucking. alive.※Osaran (or whatever the fuck this bitch's name is)lmao someone transport me into acol so i could cut this stupid fuck's ghostly dick off. i fucking hate this spirit bitch so much !!!!!!!!!!he's a 10/10 villain, marry meoverall, ignore my rating, idk i might change it and bump it up to 4 stars, but seriously ignore my rating i have no idea what to feel about this book.at times, i want to give it 2 stars, but then i want to give it 4, so i'll just settle for 3.also, Anoshehave :) a :) nice :) day :)*Continuing my buddy read of this series with Kaylin. ❤️I lowkey wanna find out what happens and I already own the book so why not just finish it. im just gonna be hating it
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    February 2018: I don’t know why I thought I would be able to give a coherent review when I binged the series because that might have made it worse. I stand by everything I said in last year’s review. I’ll only add that I want to start reading them all over again because I never want to not be reading them.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ February 2017: I don't even know what to put here. This book was filled with laughs and swoons and badassery and heartbreak. It was a roller coaster of feels and February 2018: I don’t know why I thought I would be able to give a coherent review when I binged the series because that might have made it worse. I stand by everything I said in last year’s review. I’ll only add that I want to start reading them all over again because I never want to not be reading them.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ February 2017: I don't even know what to put here. This book was filled with laughs and swoons and badassery and heartbreak. It was a roller coaster of feels and I'm not sure it could have been done any better. Perhaps I'll write a coherent review once I've binged the series.
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  • Nastassja
    January 1, 1970
    In myths, the hero survives.The evil is vanquished.The world is set right.Sometimes there are celebrations, and sometimes there are funerals.The dead are buried. The living move on.Nothing changes.Everything changes.This is a myth.This is not a myth. It feels like the whole era just ended with this book. I am so sad... I can't deny that through out the years Shades of Magic became one of my favorite series as it is for many other people, I am sure. Moreover, knowing how many people actually lov In myths, the hero survives.The evil is vanquished.The world is set right.Sometimes there are celebrations, and sometimes there are funerals.The dead are buried. The living move on.Nothing changes.Everything changes.This is a myth.This is not a myth. It feels like the whole era just ended with this book. I am so sad... I can't deny that through out the years Shades of Magic became one of my favorite series as it is for many other people, I am sure. Moreover, knowing how many people actually love these books makes it even more endearing: we all read these books together, discussed them together, waited for the next book to come out together - we were one big family spreading our shared love for this trilogy. So it is indeed really hard to say good-bye to something that became a huge part of one's life. But as much as I want to gush over how much I love Shades of Magic (hence my 4 stars rating), I can't ignore the issues I had with ACOL. So I guess it's unpopular opinion time! *BEWARE THE SPOILERS AHEAD!*•The whole time I was reading the book, one thought never left my mind: Schwab could've done better. She can do better (see ADSOM, Vicious). Some plot gaps I cannot label as anything but lazy writing. At times it felt as if the author was trying to fill the space between the pages with anything only to prolong the story, to fulfill her plan of writing a 600+ pages book. As agile and intense was the beginning of the book, as boring and sagging was the middle part with characters playing a game of capture the enemy flag: one character would venture outside the walls to save a person or two, come back, pass the baton to the next character who ventures outside to do stuff, and round and round we go. Maybe I am harsh with my critic, but it is Schwab and she can do better.•I had no fear that any of the MCs could die before the finish line. The first indicator of that was Rhy's near-death in the beginning. Now, if Schwab dared to kill a main character on the first pages, that would've thoroughly frightened me and made me believe that no one is safe. But after she revived Rhy, the bells in my mind were ringing first signs of my no-one-dies-till-the-end suspicion. The second indicator was the alarming amount of secondary characters dying. Now, it's a universally known fact: make characters suffer and go through hell by killing everyone around them, and it'd be enough for not actually killing the main ones. Don't get me wrong, I don't have problems with no one dying in a book, I am more a happy ending kind of girl, but as we are all aware Schwab killed one character in the end, and the way she did it felt somehow wrong to me? Unfair. But Kell knew he couldn’t break Holland.Holland was already broken. It showed, not in the scars, but in the way he spoke, the way he held himself in the face of pain, too well acquainted with its shape and scale. He was a man hollowed out long before Osaron, a man with no fear and no hope and nothing to lose. •Holland was, without doubt, the most developed and multilayered character in this book. I was beyond happy to finally learn his story and what shaped him into a person we know today. But what I will never accept is how others treated him: as if everything's his fault. Come one, Holland is actually the victim here, he had no choice to do what he's done. “I keep wondering,” Kell said softly, “if all of it is my fault. Where does it start, Tieren?” He looked up. “With Holland’s choice, or with mine?”The priest looked at him, eyes bright within his tired face, and shook his head. For once, the old man didn’t seem to have the answer. Anyone would be the same or worse if they spent 7 years in sheer torture with no choice but to obey. Imagine Lila in such situation: she'd probably throw knives and anyone she'd see on the street. No one can shame Holland for wanting a better fate for his home. And it angered me a lot when Lila blamed him for killing people, as if she haven't killed enough herself. Hypocrite much? But my issues don't end here: after everything that Holland done to atone for his crimes and help save everyone, he just dies. Like really? He lost his power, for god's sake, wasn't it sad enough, now you had to go and finish him off, Schwab?! He was the most tortured character, his suffering never stopped, and, of course, he was the obvious candidate to die in the end. Again, I wish no one died or if Holland died than someone else should've died, so it wouldn't feel like he was the ultimate sacrificial lamb, always ready to die so everyone else could drive into sunset together.UPD: After discussing Holland's situation with my friends, I think I am kind of ready to see a point in his death, or, at least, I am not that angry as I was before: I am trying to accept his death. The thing that makes me breath lighter is that Holland was the only true King of his London, and when he was dying, his home finally begun to come to life. Plus I can't deny that his death was done, though, sadly but beautifully. •Osaron was one of the most caricature villains I've ever encountered in a book. When we first met him in Holland's body he was ten times more interesting than in his pure form. After all he's just a magic incarnate and all ne wanted is for people to kneel and obey. Moreover, he only reacted when characters were making a move; it's like: action-counteraction, otherwise Osaron was just sitting there, waiting for characters to do something. With his amount of power he could've conquered them all a long time ago, wasn't it too convenient that no matter how long it'd take characters to make a plan, Osaron would sit in his castle and wait for them to come to him? Or wasn't it convenient that he only decided to attack the castle after almost four days after characters' depurate when they were already on their way back to save the day? Come one, it was too predictable!• Other things that bothered me a little: like when Rhy ventured to Osaron's castle to do what exactly? He knew he couldn't stop him, he knew he had no magic and would only create for Kell more problems, because Kell would hurry to save his brother, let alone the fact that Kell feels Rhy's pain and that was not the best timing for any distractions, because Kell had a grand Antari battle to fight, which would be hard to fight added with Rhy's pain. Of course, there's always an option of grieve, after all Rhy just lost both parents and grieve makes people do reckless things, but he still should've understood Kell was counting on him to act reasonably, not recklessly. Or when king Maxim spent all his magic to create some kind of warriors to divert Osaron's attention for like five seconds? What was the purpose of that if not to create one big drama of the king dying and subsequently proving once more that killing secondary characters preserves the main ones from dying. I am not saying it wasn't sad and I didn't feel sorry for Rhy after loosing his parents, but the whole thing felt like unnecessary plot device, that's it. • Alucard/Rhy disappointment. They were everything in AGOS, and I hoped for more more of their shared scenes in ACOL. But what we've got instead? Drama. Miscommunication drama, because the author needed to stall time till the end of the story and then make a grand reunion scene. And where was the chemistry from book 2? These two felt like strangers in this book. • One more thing that is more my personal feelings than an actual flaw: Rhy's parents and Kell's relationship. I never liked the king and the queen. I never liked how they treated Kell, and, honestly, the queen's attempts to show that she cared for Kell did not impress me, because she never denied that she valued Kell because he protected Rhy, and even more so now when Rhy physically depends on Kels' well-being. Call me cold-bloodied but hers, Oh Kell, you will always be my son, felt false to me. Isn't it a little bit late for that, dear mother queen? You should've cared when Kell needed your love so he wouldn't feel like a thing whose only purpose is to protect the princeling. I understand that some of the above issues or all of them weren't a problem for other people to enjoy the story. I'd like to miss them too, but when you buddy-read a book and discuss everything, it's almost impossible not to notice every detail there is. Now, I don't feel like the things above utterly destroyed my perception of this story; I still feel pretty strong about the whole thing and would like to dedicate the next part of my review to discussing the things I actually loved about ACOL. So here's THE GOOD STUFF:• Holland and Kell's interactions made me want for these two to ride into sunset together. There were moments of utter cuteness between them, and I especially appreciated when Kell found it in himself to understand Holland and take his side when others attacked Holland. I can't also ignore the trio of Antari working together. They were super cool in the finale battle, don't you think? Lila looked to Kell. “You didn’t teach me this one.”His jaw was slack. “I … I didn’t know it.”Holland gave them both a bland look. “Amazing,” he said dryly. “There are still things you haven’t learned.” Ahaha, Holland is such a nerd! • Kell was more confident and sexy (?) in this part. He was always my favorite character and I was pretty upset how Rhy's parents or Rhy for than matter treated him in book 2. Kell was not himself, and it was so sad, and it felt like there was not enough Kell at all. My goodness, how happy I am that finally I got my Kell back and even an improved model of Kell *wiggles brows* And my happiness in infinite, because he finally got to go on adventure! It was everything I wanted for him from the start: to finally be free and live his life. I couldn't wish for a better outcome for my dear Kell.• Surprisingly Lila was less annoying in this part, and I can't believe I am saying that but I actually liked her. She showed us her more tender, feminine side and, yes, sometimes she still was an arrogant ass, and I still want to punch her in the face for treating Holland poorly, but the fact she understood her mistakes was a big step in her character-development. And I can't deny I liked her and Kell together. They were so cute, really. “And then his arms were folding around her, and in that small gesture, she understood, felt it down to her bones, that draw, not the electric pulse of power but the thing beneath it, the weight she'd never understood. In a world where everything rocked and swayed and fell away, this was solid ground.Safe.” • Finally we saw Rhy growing up and becoming a man and a ruler who learns to make hard decisions. When his mother died and he couldn't protect her was one of the saddest moments ever. My heart hurt for him, but I also loved that Rhy didn't seek vengeance, didn't turn into a hard person who locks his feelings inside. I guess we can thank Kell and Alucard for that, if he didn't have them, he'd probably remind us more of Holland: hurt and alone.• Though I still believe Holland's death was absolutely de trop, I am happy Kell, Rhy, Lila and Alucard got their happily after. When I was reading epilogue, I already missed the characters and felt nostalgic about everything that happened on the pages of the whole trilogy. It was a good ending for a great adventure. I've heard rumors there might be more books (spin-off maybe), and I am not sure how I feel about that, but if the book ever happens, I wouldn't be able to say no to it.✔ Shades of magic will always be special for me, and I will gladly come back, time and again, to the world of four Londons, black-eyed boys and brazen pirates; the world that gave me so many happy and sad moments, it's impossible to say good-bye to it, to let it go. Especially now that we still have unanswered questions like, what about Kell's past and Lila's debt to the creepy lady-pirate? In any way, it's good to have a backdoor that will lead us back into the world of magic if ever the magician V.E. Schwab opens it for us. 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.”Buddy-read with my Antari team: Julia, my grumpy Antari and brain-sister, with whom we shared many amazing hours of rumblings about this book & Vira, who was late to the party, but she'll make it to the finish line soon! And Kat, we missed you, our precious Antari-buddy <3Special thanks to Nouf and Kristalia - my support team after I finished the book <3And go read Simona's BEAUTIFUL review. This Antari knows a way with words <3Also, go check Sarah's brilliant review. This Antari knows how to be serious and funny at the same time :D
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