Review: A Conjuring of Light by V.E.Schwab

A final return to Red London in the trilogy that started with a Darker Shade of Magic. If you have enjoyed the previous two books that I find it hard to imagine that you won’t enjoy this one.

From the first chapter the story sets a furious pace, with a series of calamitous events threatening everything and everybody. The key characters – Kell, Lila, Rhy, Alucard and Holland – are joined by complex relationships, friendships and enimities. The novel spends time with each of them and provides further insights into each of them despite pace. Holland (Kell’s rival from white London) in particular is shown in greater depth than previously.

As with the previous novels the initial promise of a story that shifts between our London and a more magical version is not really explored. However, by this point, the adjacent magic-free Regency London is irrelevant to the rollercoaster plot.

On the whole the rapid shifts between characters is handled well but on occasion it can feel like you’ve missed people moving from one place to another. This becomes less problematic once the core cast are divided between two locations.

A triumphant end to a genuinely exciting fantasy series.

[eta: this gushing review from the Book Smugglers is also a fun read http://thebooksmugglers.com/2017/04/joint-review-conjuring-light-v-e-schwab.html ]

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