A Conjuring of Light

A Conjuring of Light

Book - 2017
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Londons fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes struggle.
Publisher: New York : Tor, a Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765387462
0765387468
Branch Call Number: FICTION Sch
Description: 624 pages ; 22 cm

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dnk
Feb 02, 2018

I couldn't put this down, and this was a long book. I really did love it, but I would give it 4.5 stars.

My complaints: each installment of this series has gotten longer. While there's a lot of story to tell, there were times that I felt like it was being drawn out past where it needed to be, and when it was clear a new, major undertaking was going to be initiated halfway through the novel, it was frustrating. Still, it gave more time to develop the relationship between Lila and Kell, as well as give the reader time to explore Holland's painful and tortured past.

Even more vexing was that Schwab, despite dropping a few breadcrumbs, decides not to help us solve the big mystery that has haunted the series from the beginning. Her answer is that the past doesn't matter, but after being teased throughout the series--particularly through the cagey memories of Queen Emira--that's a big letdown.

Those are my complaints, but overall this was a mostly satisfying conclusion to the series. Lila grows up, Kell loses a shade of his arrogance (literally and figuratively), and Holland earns redemption and, perhaps, a little hope. Rhy, the would-be rakish prince, becomes the man he was raised to be, not in spite of but because of his vulnerabilities. And who doesn't love the chance to see George IV spooked and rebuffed?

Throughout the series, Schwab plays with the themes "magic comes with a price", "magic is a crutch", and "magic is everywhere". It's necessary at certain points, but it's ultimately not powerful magic that saves worlds but humanity and simple decency, which may be the simple magic that Alucard sees around Rhy. And while sometimes sacrifice may be required, the one that's taken is not nearly as powerful as the ones that are offered, as they are in this installment.

I would love to have some of the questions left lingering here answered, but it helps to know that they can be: nothing is destroyed, and those things that have needed it are given hope and new beginnings. Let's raise a glass with Ned Tuttle in the Five Points Tavern and hope that someday we'll find out more about the rest of the story.

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jimsimons007
Jan 17, 2018

It feels like a different writer with the character personalities changing jarringly.

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claireswazey
May 30, 2017

I love the series but this book was far too long.

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peter_leitch
May 19, 2017

I read this last week and came back today to review it. What was it about again? Utterly forgetful and a waste of time.

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morganameridius
May 08, 2017

What. A. Conclusion!! This book was nonstop from the first page and I adored every minute of it. It was so intense in every way; I gasped and grinned and cried. It was great.

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skh08
Apr 07, 2017

One of my favorite series I have read in a while and like other people mentioned a great ending (especially Holland). Overall a very satisfying trilogy and each book stands on its own as a great read.

KateHillier Mar 21, 2017

I am very sad to see this trilogy end but I am thrilled with the conclusion. No loose ends, no mercy in the fallout (even though my poor heart bleeds at a lot of that fallout), no reason to be unsatisfied. I hold out hope that maybe this world is revisited if not these characters, though I would certainly not object to that either.

We pick up right where book 2 left us and we have a strange alliance that develops. We also get a ton of backstory with a certain character which puts a lot of his actions into context without excusing them. I really love that no one is romanticized in this series. Yes Lila is awesome, Rhy is dashing, and Kell is dark and mysterious but they and the others struggle and none of that is magically solved.

I rationed this book out as best as I could to make it last longer but, alas, all good things come to an end. And I can always reread the whole series again, which is definitely happening. If you love fantasy and haven't found this trilogy yet, I very very much recommend it.

VaughanPLAlyssia Mar 13, 2017

I wish this series could go on and on and on forever, but since it can’t, ACOL is the perfect ending. Schwab really knows how to tell a story. The pacing is relentless; I literally spent an entire day just reading this book because I couldn’t find a point to put it down. And I loved it! If you liked the first two instalments, you’ll love this one. The characters are just as entertaining as before—if not more so, as they all have to work together in new ways. Kell and Alucard trying not to kill each other is hilarious as always, and Lila is just, well…Lila. Which is to say, amazing. I even loved Holland by the end. Basically I loved everything about it. Read it immediately!

Phil_R Mar 03, 2017

It all happens too fast, but that's okay we can read it slow to linger in this amazing world for as long as possible. The series' conclusion definitely makes up for some of the lack of forward movement in 'Gathering of Shadows', and I get the feeling Schwab might bring us back to the 4 Londons, which makes sense considering the magic of this place is such an unstoppable and irresistible force.

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