Author: V. E. Schwab
Release Date: February 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy, Romance
The precarious equilibrium among the 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. Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never a 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 and the Night Spire crew are attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible, as an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown and a fallen hero is desperate to save a decaying world.
I loved the first two books in this series. I thought they were a fantastic breath of fresh air. So naturally, I didn’t want the trilogy to end anytime soon so I put off reading the undoubtedly epic conclusion for a couple of months – and undoubtedly epic it was.
The cast of characters in this are all so unique and at the same time so likeable. I really enjoyed getting chapters from everyone’s POV. Rhy is such a sweetheart so naturally I ship him and Alucard together. Lila is so badass and such an amazing co-protagonist that I adored reading. Holland was the villain you loved to hate and of course Kell was the awesome Antari who puts his life on the line multiple times to save other people.
There were two particular scenes in A Conjuring of Light that stand out to me now while I’m writing this review. The first was when the river in London turned black thanks to Osaron. I think the description was perfect and it’s rare that I ever felt so transported into the world. Another scene that I loved was (possible spoiler) when Holland was about to be executed and he jumped into the river to kill himself. When Kell jumped in after him I was like yess, save him but then Lila jumped in after them both and I don’t know why but I enjoyed that immensely.
Again, the world-building was on point and Schwab did an incredible job of immersing me as a reader in the world of her four Londons and inside her character’s heads. I’ve recently bought This Savage Song so I cannot wait to get started with that!