Book Review | A Conjuring of Light


The finale to V. E. Schwab’s Darker Shades of Magic series was one of my most anticipated books of the year. And it was brilliant! I am so happy with the ending of this series, and cannot wait to read it again.

P.S. This review is pretty short, since I try to make all my reviews spoiler free (unless noted). And I definitely do not want to spoil this book. But, you can check out my reviews for the other books in this trilogy – A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows – if you’re interested in this series.


The precarious equilibrium among 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. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never 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 of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.


A Conjuring of Light is the perfect ending to an amazing series. I love these characters, and really enjoyed reading this chapter of their stories. I also like that a large portion of this novel didn’t read like an ending. Instead of tying everything up in a nice little bow, the plot focuses on moving the characters forward in their lives. They haven’t stopped growing at the beginning of this book, and are still making mistakes and learning from them, which I was glad to see, since that’s something I enjoyed in the first two books of this series.

As usual, Schwab’s writing is incredible. I loved reading this book. It was engaging and fun, but also heartbreaking and deep. Reading V. E. Schwab’s books is always a great experience, and this one is no exception. It cemented the Shades of Magic trilogy as one of my all-time favorites, and, as a whole, was an absolutely brilliant story.



All in all, A Conjuring of Light is a fantastic book, both on its own and as an ending to a series. I really enjoyed reading it, and look forward to revisiting this series again and again. If you haven’t read this series, definitely check it out. And if you have, share your thoughts below! What did you think of the ending? (No spoilers for those who haven’t read it, please.)

You can (and should) order your copy of A Conjuring of Light here.

To get the audiobook free, use this link to sign up for a free trial of Audible and choose A Conjuring of Light as one of your two free books (which you get to keep even if you cancel).

2 thoughts on “Book Review | A Conjuring of Light

  1. I love the character growth through the series. It is beautifully done. I hate when I read a book and the characters are unchanging. No matter what the author puts them through they seem to come out the other side smelling of roses. Schwab let her characters grow, let them become broken, and figure out how to put themselves back together again. For that alone I would love the books but the rest of the story is fantastic as well. Best books I’ve come across in a very long time.

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