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A Conjuring of Light (A Darker Shade of Magic) by [Schwab, V.E.]
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"Fans of "A Darker Shade of Magic" will love its sequel, and fantasy fans who haven't yet read the first book in this series should hurry to catch up. --"Kirkus Reviews"
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"""Full of magic, intrigue, adventure, deception, a bit of piracy...this will engage both adult and young adult fantasy readers alike. --"Booklist"

Praise for "A Darker Shade of Magic"
"""Compulsively readable...her characters make the book."--NPR

"[This has] all the hallmarks of a classic work of fantasy. Its plot is gripping. Its characters are memorable. [Its setting] is otherworldly yet believable. Schwab has given us a gem of a tale...This is a book to treasure."--Deborah Harkness, "New York Times" bestselling author of The All Souls trilogy

Inventive fantasy One for Neil Gaiman fans. "The Guardian "

Feels like a priceless object, brought from another, better world of fantasy books. Schwab's writing is engaging and vivid...kept me engrossed by its story every bit as much as I was fascinated by its complex, multilayered world. "io9.com on A Darker Shade of Magic"

London s appeal for Schwab seems to be its changeability, the way it can shift shades, from familiar to recognizable to weird to utterly alien. But for her, even the familiar has seeds of horror in it, grime and gloom and the weight of the past It s a multiple split-screen adventure, with an engaging hero/heroine pair at its center. "The Wall Street Journal on A Darker Shade of Magic"

Compulsively readable her characters make the book. Just as Kell has layers, Lila is a satisfyingly rich invention the stakes feel higher because Schwab takes the time to make a world worth getting lost in. "Darker Shade Of Magic" resolves its plot thoroughly, but still feels like it could be the seed of a lengthy series. With so many worlds on the map, there's plenty left to discover. "NPR on A Darker Shade of Magic"

A Darker Shade of Magic is as twisty-turny, dark, and gorgeous as the (multiple) Londons it winds through--I loved it! "Steven Brust, author of the New York Times bestselling Vlad series"

A Darker Shade of Magic is smart, funny and sexy ... and Schwab keeps the excitement coming with roller-coaster plot twists that establish her as, perhaps, the natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones's contemporary fantasy crown. "The Independent (UK)""

"Fans of A Darker Shade of Magic will love its sequel, and fantasy fans who haven't yet read the first book in this series should hurry to catch up. --Kirkus Reviews

"Full of magic, intrigue, adventure, deception, a bit of piracy...this will engage both adult and young adult fantasy readers alike. --Booklist

Praise for A Darker Shade of Magic
"Compulsively readable...her characters make the book."--NPR

"[This has] all the hallmarks of a classic work of fantasy. Its plot is gripping. Its characters are memorable. [Its setting] is otherworldly yet believable. Schwab has given us a gem of a tale...This is a book to treasure."--Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of The All Souls trilogy

Inventive fantasy One for Neil Gaiman fans. The Guardian

Feels like a priceless object, brought from another, better world of fantasy books. Schwab's writing is engaging and vivid...kept me engrossed by its story every bit as much as I was fascinated by its complex, multilayered world. io9.com on A Darker Shade of Magic

London s appeal for Schwab seems to be its changeability, the way it can shift shades, from familiar to recognizable to weird to utterly alien. But for her, even the familiar has seeds of horror in it, grime and gloom and the weight of the past It s a multiple split-screen adventure, with an engaging hero/heroine pair at its center. The Wall Street Journal on A Darker Shade of Magic

Compulsively readable her characters make the book. Just as Kell has layers, Lila is a satisfyingly rich invention the stakes feel higher because Schwab takes the time to make a world worth getting lost in. Darker Shade Of Magic resolves its plot thoroughly, but still feels like it could be the seed of a lengthy series. With so many worlds on the map, there's plenty left to discover. NPR on A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic is as twisty-turny, dark, and gorgeous as the (multiple) Londons it winds through--I loved it! Steven Brust, author of the New York Times bestselling Vlad series

A Darker Shade of Magic is smart, funny and sexy ... and Schwab keeps the excitement coming with roller-coaster plot twists that establish her as, perhaps, the natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones's contemporary fantasy crown. The Independent (UK)

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"Fans of A Darker Shade of Magic will love its sequel, and fantasy fans who haven't yet read the first book in this series should hurry to catch up."--Kirkus Reviews

"Full of magic, intrigue, adventure, deception, a bit of piracy...this will engage both adult and young adult fantasy readers alike."--Booklist

Praise for A Darker Shade of Magic
"Compulsively readable...her characters make the book."--NPR

"[This has] all the hallmarks of a classic work of fantasy. Its plot is gripping. Its characters are memorable. [Its setting] is otherworldly yet believable. Schwab has given us a gem of a tale...This is a book to treasure."--Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of The All Souls trilogy

"Inventive fantasy...One for Neil Gaiman fans."--The Guardian

Feels like a priceless object, brought from another, better world of fantasy books. Schwab's writing is engaging and vivid...kept me engrossed by its story every bit as much as I was fascinated by its complex, multilayered world. --io9.com on A Darker Shade of Magic

London's appeal for Schwab seems to be its changeability, the way it can shift shades, from familiar to recognizable to weird to utterly alien. But for her, even the familiar has seeds of horror in it, grime and gloom and the weight of the past...It's a multiple split-screen adventure, with an engaging hero/heroine pair at its center. --The Wall Street Journal on A Darker Shade of Magic

Compulsively readable...her characters make the book. Just as Kell has layers, Lila is a satisfyingly rich invention...the stakes feel higher because Schwab takes the time to make a world worth getting lost in. Darker Shade Of Magic resolves its plot thoroughly, but still feels like it could be the seed of a lengthy series. With so many worlds on the map, there's plenty left to discover. --NPR on A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic is as twisty-turny, dark, and gorgeous as the (multiple) Londons it winds through--I loved it! --Steven Brust, author of the New York Times bestselling Vlad series

A Darker Shade of Magic is smart, funny and sexy ... and Schwab keeps the excitement coming with roller-coaster plot twists that establish her as, perhaps, the natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones's contemporary fantasy crown. --The Independent (UK)



-Fans of A Darker Shade of Magic will love its sequel, and fantasy fans who haven't yet read the first book in this series should hurry to catch up.---Kirkus Reviews

-Full of magic, intrigue, adventure, deception, a bit of piracy...this will engage both adult and young adult fantasy readers alike.---Booklist

Praise for A Darker Shade of Magic
-Compulsively readable...her characters make the book.---NPR

-[This has] all the hallmarks of a classic work of fantasy. Its plot is gripping. Its characters are memorable. [Its setting] is otherworldly yet believable. Schwab has given us a gem of a tale...This is a book to treasure.---Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of The All Souls trilogy

-Inventive fantasy...One for Neil Gaiman fans.---The Guardian

Feels like a priceless object, brought from another, better world of fantasy books. Schwab's writing is engaging and vivid...kept me engrossed by its story every bit as much as I was fascinated by its complex, multilayered world. --io9.com on A Darker Shade of Magic

London's appeal for Schwab seems to be its changeability, the way it can shift shades, from familiar to recognizable to weird to utterly alien. But for her, even the familiar has seeds of horror in it, grime and gloom and the weight of the past...It's a multiple split-screen adventure, with an engaging hero/heroine pair at its center. --The Wall Street Journal on A Darker Shade of Magic

Compulsively readable...her characters make the book. Just as Kell has layers, Lila is a satisfyingly rich invention...the stakes feel higher because Schwab takes the time to make a world worth getting lost in. Darker Shade Of Magic resolves its plot thoroughly, but still feels like it could be the seed of a lengthy series. With so many worlds on the map, there's plenty left to discover. --NPR on A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic is as twisty-turny, dark, and gorgeous as the (multiple) Londons it winds through--I loved it! --Steven Brust, author of the New York Times bestselling Vlad series

A Darker Shade of Magic is smart, funny and sexy ... and Schwab keeps the excitement coming with roller-coaster plot twists that establish her as, perhaps, the natural successor to Diana Wynne Jones's contemporary fantasy crown. --The Independent (UK)



-Flawless prose...the bittersweet conclusion is a fitting one for a fantastic, emotionally rich series that redefines epic.- --Publishers Weekly, starred review, on A Conjuring of Light

-Desperate gambits, magical battles, and meaningful sacrifice make this a thrilling read.- --Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on A Conjuring of Light

-Adventure beckons, and Schwab's smart, exhilarating story doesn't let go until the very end. And, not even then.- --Shelf Awareness for Readers on A Conjuring of Light

-The book is still filled with incident and emotion, with difficulty and heartbreak and anger. And it frankly feels subversive.- --NPR on A Gathering of Shadows

-[This has] all the hallmarks of a classic work of fantasy. Its plot is gripping. Its characters are memorable. [Its setting] is otherworldly yet believable. Schwab has given us a gem of a tale...This is a book to treasure.- --Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of The All Souls trilogy

-Full of magic, intrigue, adventure, deception, a bit of piracy...this will engage both adult and young adult fantasy readers alike.- --Booklist on A Darker Shade of Magic



"Flawless prose...the bittersweet conclusion is a fitting one for a fantastic, emotionally rich series that redefines epic." --Publishers Weekly, starred review, on A Conjuring of Light

"Desperate gambits, magical battles, and meaningful sacrifice make this a thrilling read." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on A Conjuring of Light

"Adventure beckons, and Schwab's smart, exhilarating story doesn't let go until the very end. And, not even then." --Shelf Awareness for Readers on A Conjuring of Light

"The book is still filled with incident and emotion, with difficulty and heartbreak and anger. And it frankly feels subversive." --NPR on A Gathering of Shadows

"[This has] all the hallmarks of a classic work of fantasy. Its plot is gripping. Its characters are memorable. [Its setting] is otherworldly yet believable. Schwab has given us a gem of a tale...This is a book to treasure." --Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of The All Souls trilogy

"Full of magic, intrigue, adventure, deception, a bit of piracy...this will engage both adult and young adult fantasy readers alike." --Booklist on A Darker Shade of Magic

About the Author

VICTORIA (V.E.) SCHWAB is the author of the NYT bestselling Shades of Magic series, as well as a number of MG and YA novels, including This Savage Song. She has been called "the heir to Diana Wynne Jones." Her dynamic work has caught the attention of major TV and film studios.

Schwab has a Masters degree in Art History from the University of Edinburgh. She currently lives in Nashville, TN, but frequents Edinburgh.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (21 Feb. 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N9Q9PJA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,390 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When a finale is capable of making your heart ache as though it has been taken from your chest, you know that something must have been done right.

And what a finale it was. A Conjuring of Light follows on from the intense ending of A Gathering of Shadows, never missing a beat. A darkness greater than ever before spreads from one world to another, with the power to destroy anything that does not bend under its influence. But there are still an impossible few unwilling to fall to their knees, and as unlikely as they are, together they might just have a chance to save their worlds.

There was so much action in this book, with some fight scenes that were beyond epic. But I often struggle to follow battle scenes, and besides, what I was really in it for was the characters. The rebellious prince and the runaway privateer. The red-haired magician and the magician who's will wasn't his own. And of course the thief turned pirate; the cross-dressing impossible girl. Kell and Lila I loved from the start and Rhy and Alucard I fell for in book 2, but there I was, nearing the end of an era, and I still felt I knew them better with every page. And although I never connected much with Holland, his story and development broke my heart.

I lived for every interaction between these five characters, whether it was the words never said between them or a literal punch in the face. Their dynamics were what made this book special beyond the first two in the series.

"What are we drinking to?" / "The living," said Rhy. / "The dead," said Alucard and Lila at the same time. / "We're being thorough," added Rhy.

There were times when it was not the characters, but the beauty of the writing in and of itself that made me tear up.
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So I'm sitting here, with my tea and with my tears, and this book is just repeating itself in my mind as it has been doing since I finished it yesterday. Just all the scenes, especially the ending, over and over again. The Shades of Magic series is definitely, without a doubt, one of my top three favorite series ever, and I have trouble believing that it's over. I have to admit that A Conjuring of Light was the best book of the trilogy, and if you think I cried for like 30 minutes straight after finishing it you are wrong. (you're not).

“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.”

(prepare for minor spoilers)

Once again, Victoria's writing made me highlight about a hundred different sentences from the iBook, because it is just too good. This woman was put on this earth to write stories and create characters, and I would honestly read anything by her. I definitely recommend you read her books if you haven't already.

What I personally love the most about this series, and this book in particular, are its characters.
Alucard and Rhy are, without exaggeration, probably two of my all-time favorite characters I've read about, so every scene they're in is just a blessing. In this book, we saw Rhy grow so much. I'd say he's the one that had the greatest character evolution through the series, and I just feel like a proud mother. I felt so bad for everything he went through in ACOL, everything he lost, both literally and figuratively, and I kept worrying for his life during all almost-700-pages. I never signed up for this.
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I liked this book. I didn't love it.

I review every book I read, so I had to write this review. But honestly - and I don't say this very often - I'd probably advise you to ignore my three star review and focus on all the four and five star ones.

I really don't know what it is about me and this series. It's objectively pretty well written and well plotted, and subjectively, it's got a lot of the elements I like in my fiction. But somehow, the characters and the stories never really get into my heart and mind. It's a bit like going on a date with someone who's a lovely person and perfect for you on paper, and having a perfectly nice evening but not feeling any real spark of attraction.

Book two came close to tipping me over the edge into actually loving the series, mostly due to the more narrowly focussed plot and the brilliant addition to the cast of Alucard. But here, the energy seemed to drain away again.

This time around, my favourite element was the reintroduction of and getting to learn about his lifestory and see his human side. At times, when he was on the page or when there was a particularly interesting plot development or dramatic or romantic scene, it almost ensnared me. Then it'd lose me again.

Even with my fairly mixed feelings, I'm suggesting this is worth a read. And nearly everyone else's view is that it's a must read. So definitely pick up a coffee. Just if you're anything like me, be prepared for slight disappointment.
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I was counting down the days to the release of this book- the third in the Shades of Magic series by the absolute goddess V.E. Schwab- and then it took about a million years to arrive because I foolishly preordered it on Amazon like a total dafty. So I was very excited when it was finally in my hands and I could see for myself how huuuuge it is.

I love the world Schwab has built. The piratey parts of A Gathering of Shadows, part two in the series, were so vivid for me, as were the busy, bustling Night Market scenes during the magical tournament, which reminded a lot of the feel of the Quidditch World Cup in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I guess it is extra magical as multiple world have been built. There is Red London, Grey London, Black London, and White London, each with their different feels. Kell is one of the last travellers or Antari, a type of magic person who can travel between these worlds.

A Conjuring of Light gives us Red London, directly after the magical fighting tournament it has hosted, under siege from an evil magical force, Osaron, with the royal palace at the centre of all the how-do-we-defeat-Osaron planning. The palace is packed with various visiting members of royalty, noblemen and tournament magicians with Prince Rhy, his brother Kell, Lila (who is also an Antari, it turns out), Alucard, Alucard's cat, the King, the Queen, all strategising ways to save the people of Red London and defeat the evil magic.

Schwab is just an incredible crafter of scenes, each chapter with its own arc, and not very long chapters too, keeping the pace up and giving us various different points of view. You really should just read this if you haven't yet. Also if you haven't read any of the trilogy yet, please forget all of the above so you are spoiler free!
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