Saturday, August 5, 2017

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab - Review + Dream Cast


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The balance of power between Red, White, Black, and Grey London is failing. As the once powerful Red London falls to the darkness, it leaves plenty of space for one of the other Londons to rise to the forefront. Kell's convictions begin to waver under pressure, Lila has to learn to control her magic before it bleeds her dry, and Alucard's in a race against the clock to find the impossible. Meanwhile an ancient enemy from Black London returns to claim his crown and a fallen hero tries to save his decaying world.

I know my review will not do A Conjuring of Light justice in the least, but honestly I couldn't have asked for a better ending to one of my all time favorite series. If you haven't started in on this series yet what are you waiting for? It's the perfect time to binge read it all since it's now complete. I'm actually sad that it's over and that I don't have another Shades of Magic book to look forward to in the future, but like I said it has a truly epic finale and it wraps up in a perfect way. I couldn't have expected less of V.E. Schwab.

The magic, world-building, action, dialog, banter, and sass are as brilliant as I've come to expect, but like usual it's the characters who shine. Kell, Rhy, Lila, Alcard, and Holland, plus the side characters, are all so well written that they could walk right off the page. Kell and Lila are awesome as usual, but I really loved Rhy and and Alucard. We get to know Alucard so much more and we get to see Rhy grow into his destiny as the King of Arnes - and it's heartbreaking, but you have to admit that he gets some really killer scenes. The one character I didn't expect to appreciate so much, though, is Holland - he's the true standout character of the finale. He's very complex and we get an excellent look into his head and his past (you may want to have a couple of tissues at the ready, just in case).

Anyway, I could go on and on about the awesomeness of this series, but don't just take my word for it. If you haven't read it, you need this absolutely marvelous series (and wonderful series finale) in your life. As nervous as I am about it, I can't wait to see the film adaptation of A Darker Shade of Magic (and hopefully the rest of the series) that's in the works! V.E. Schwab is even going to be a producer on it, so hopefully it'll be done right.

By they way, what do you think of my dream cast for some of the characters?



Kell - Cameron Monaghan or Caleb Landry Jones




Lila - Brianna Hildebrand or Jacqueline Toboni




Rhy - Avan Jogia or Luke Pasqualino



Alucard - Rahul Kohli



Holland - Mads Mikkelsen


I read this novel from March 23 - June 30, 2017 (I just didn't want it to end!) and my review is also on Goodreads.

14 comments:

  1. I have seen so many wonderful reviews for this series! I am so glad you enjoyed it. I really need to try to get to it soon.

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    1. It didn't take long at all for Schwab to make my list of favorite authors! :)

      I hope you'll enjoy this series, Carole!

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  2. I can't wait to read this! I'm behind though, but based on your review I need to find time as soon as possible:-)

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    1. Oh my gosh! It's so awesome! I hope you can get to it soon, Tammy! :D

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  3. I haven't read a single book out of this series, and I've got to say that I regret slacking because I want to join in on the fangirl and choosing the perfect people to represent the characters too! The magic and banter immediately sound like the two perfect things each good books need, so I'm completely sold!

    Amy;
    Little Moon Elephant

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    1. Yes, you need to get on it, Amy! :)

      Usually I have a difficult time dream casting, but this one was much easier than usual...

      Thanks for visiting!

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  4. I'd love to read this! Your choice of characters are great lol

    Hope you're having a lovely weekend, Lauren!

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    1. The series is an absolute must read for fantasy fans!

      Thanks, Sassy!

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  5. AWESOME post!! I still need to give this series a read!

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    1. Thanks! I'd love to see what you think of it!

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  6. YAAAAAY!! I am so happy you loved this book. I recently finished it myself and was completely blown away by how truly fantastic it was. I am obsessed with all the characters and so heartbroken that it's over. Btw your fancast is absolutely perfect, your Rhy is 100% how I see him!

    Amazing review Lauren!

    Cody @ Literary-ly Obsessed

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    1. Thanks very much, Cody! Maybe someday there will be more from this world - fingers crossed!

      I've seen so many fan casts for Rhy that are great, but those two are totally how I see the character! :)

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  7. Wow your dream cast seems pretty much spot on!!

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  8. Great review! I can only agree wholeheartedly with everything in it! This was a perfect ending to an amazing series - the characters were all so amazing and Holland especially really stood out to me. Love your dramcast too!

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