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A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
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Recommended to Melanie by: Lea (drumsofautumn)



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.


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“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.

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Buddy 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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Quotes Melanie Liked

V.E. Schwab
“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.”
V.E. Schwab, A Conjuring of Light


Reading Progress

February 22, 2017 – Shelved
February 22, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
February 22, 2017 – Shelved as: fantasy
February 22, 2017 – Shelved as: signed
February 16, 2018 – Shelved as: booktube-sff-awards
February 16, 2018 – Shelved as: buddy-reads
February 16, 2018 – Shelved as: read-in-2018
February 16, 2018 – Shelved as: urban
February 16, 2018 – Shelved as: magic
February 16, 2018 – Shelved as: lgbtqiap
May 8, 2018 – Started Reading
May 8, 2018 –
page 77
12.34% "“There was probably a spell, but Lila didn't know it, and she was too tired to summon air or wood or anything else, so instead she simply summoned the last of her strength and kicked the door in.”"
May 10, 2018 –
page 195
31.25% "“Sometimes you had to pretend, everyone knew that. Pretend to be happy. Pretend to be brave. Pretend to be strong. If you pretended long enough, it eventually came true.” ❤"
May 19, 2018 –
page 375
60.1% "I told myself I wouldn’t do this, but here I am at 3AM, eating cheesecake, reading ACOL, and watching the royal wedding.

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May 21, 2018 – Finished Reading
May 23, 2018 – Shelved as: adult

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message 1: by Paloma (new) - added it

Paloma I couldn't even finish the first book....


Melanie Paloma ~ Bookish Betches wrote: "I couldn't even finish the first book...."

Not to be a hater, but when people compare this to Harry Potter....



Emma THIS BOOK DESTROYED ME PLEASE LOVE IT


Melanie Emma wrote: "THIS BOOK DESTROYED ME PLEASE LOVE IT"

FOR YOU, THE WORLD (and I will try my hardest!) 💘xx


Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~ I'm so sorry you didn't love the series but at least we're on this wagon together! 🤗 💓


message 6: by k (new) - rated it 3 stars

k I'm only on the second but I was JUST telling my friend this. It seems like nothing really happens important except a few things and you spend most of the book just waiting to get there. Even though it's character driven most of our characters are rarely all together and it just feels like you walk away feeling unsatisfied idk.


Melanie Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~ wrote: "I'm so sorry you didn't love the series but at least we're on this wagon together! 🤗 💓"

Awh, thank you, beautiful! I love being on any wagon with youuu! 💗xx


Melanie K wrote: "I'm only on the second but I was JUST telling my friend this. It seems like nothing really happens important except a few things and you spend most of the book just waiting to get there. Even thoug..."

Right? It's unlike any book I've ever read. And all the puzzle pieces for something to come together and have me love it are right there, in front of my face, but I can't seem to make it fit! It's beyond words! Haha! But thank you for making me feel better, K! I hope you're having the happiest of reading! 💗xx


message 9: by Holly (new) - added it

Holly Now I’m curious what your favorite book of all time is? 😊
Great review!


Melanie Holly wrote: "Now I’m curious what your favorite book of all time is? 😊
Great review!"


Awh, thank you, love! I was totally referring to The Name of the Wind! 💗xx


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