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Londons fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes struggle. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final audiobook in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees the newly minted New York Times best-selling author V. E. Schwab reach a thrilling conclusion concerning the fate of beloved protagonists - and old foes.

Shades of Magic series
1. A Darker Shade of Magic
2. A Gathering of Shadows
3. A Conjuring of Light

©2017 Victoria Schwab (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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A great ending to a wonderful adventure...

Yes! Too many books (and series) have unsatisfying endings. This one delivers! I highly recommend this trilogy.
Anoshe.✌

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Struggled to finish

There's a lot to like. But enough of the characters have such moral ambiguity as to suck the joy out of listening. It is an apocalyptic tale that reason is stretched too far and the final solution is fraught with contradictions. I couldn't believe the magic. I wish I never started this series.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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awesome

I love he characters. I love the story. I liked the ending a lot. awesomeness.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great way to wrap it up

Both the story and the narration where very good.
My only complaint is that with two excellent narators, it would really have helped if they had agreed on pronunciations, and accents. The discrepancies where VERY distracting

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I am absolutely wrecked

I.... don't know what to do with myself. I am so completely overwhelmed with emotions and so far past blown away... and now I'm trying to write a review for one of the greatest stories ever told.

Before I get started... let me just say that the narration was perfection.

You guys... if you haven't picked up this series... start it now. As an aspiring author... I pray to get even a sliver of Schwab or Bardugo's brilliance. The writing was absolute perfection. But really quick.. can we just focus on how freaking awesome Schwab is as a person? I don't know if you've seen her twitter... but she's so open and honest about the struggles of being a writer (not to mention hilarious) but then she pumps out something like this book. Wow. Also, I got to meet her at Yallfest. I was in a wheelchair and I couldn't have gotten back to her signing - but she actually took time to come out to me. Victoria... *virtual hug*

Anyway, since I'm barely able to even function (I'm still a blubbering mess after finishing this book...) I'm just going to summarize a mess of words/statements below and hope it makes sense.

Be ready because the moment you open this book... you'll hit the ground running. It picks up literally seconds where the second left off... and it doesn't slow down. The first 20-30% was non stop craziness... and it was wonderful and painful and entirely too stressful and I found myself screaming and laughing and I don't even know.. you guys... I don't even know.

The only slow moments in this ENTIRE book were the flashbacks - and there were lots of little ones all throughout. They were very core to character development and I actually really enjoyed them.

I literally cannot even begin to talk about the plot. I'm going to refrain from giving away any details. But I'll say this- I really liked the first book though I felt it was slow at times. I LOVED the second as it took the series to a whole new level of emotional turmoil. This one just blew me away. The pacing was perfect (as I said, VERY fast paced, only slowing during flash backs) and full of surprises (and stress). I was so attached to everyone (even the side characters) that I was literally racing through the pages so now I'm going to have to go back and reread for details. I've highlighted about 30 quotes. I've cried and laughed and screamed and now I'm completely exhausted.

"We don't choose what we are, but we choose what we do."

To summarize, here's what you can expect.

1. Blood. Repeatedly. (Like... half of this book is fight scenes I feel like.)
2. New and interesting POVs.
3. Kiss your heart goodbye.
4. Tears. Lots.
5. Stress and anxiety because you'll love EVERYONE
6. Pirate ships. Magic. New magical abilities.
7. Brilliance. On every page.

So all I have left is to sit here and proclaim my love for the cast.

Lila is her usual BAMF self. She had so many witty one liners and she was endless entertainment. I love love loved her contribution to the story - she kinda has a character arc but kinda doesn't. She's learned to let people in, but at the same time, she's so true to herself. Some of the highlights for me were obviously moments with Kell- but also with Alucard. (Ok, brb, need to cry.)

Kell. I literally cannot. Precious smol- must be protected at all costs. This guy. The second book made me feel for him SO much. He's so selfless that even Rhy gives him crap about being so perfect. Oh my gosh Kell and Rhy- strongest brother relationship I've ever read. I need to cry again. Also Kell and Alucard banter was EVERYTHING. And then the parental issues... you'll just have to see.

Rhy - easily one of my all time favorite characters. He' so freaking hilarious and sassy and I feel like we would be best friends. He's easily as selfless as Kell, though he doesn't even see it. A little reckless, but he can't help it.

HOLLAND. Holy freaking crap of the world. I did not expect to care about him so much. I can't even function right now. BYE.

Alucard. I can't form words. BYE.

Ugh. The whole entire cast. Even the side characters like Lenos and Hostra .. and oh my gosh the whole Maresh family... I'm just... I want to cry because every character was so beautifully done.

The ending does not disappoint. Everything was wrapped up - and I'm just sitting here thinking... what now? What do I even do with myself? Do I pick it up and read it again? Do I sit here and grieve because its over? Ugh.

You guys... read this series.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Premise is great, story is weak.

The character arc for Holland is really excellent, but the rest of the cast have weak and flat motivations for their journeys. Very disappointing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Better than #2, ruined by narration

The narrators, especially the male voice, ruins this book. The voices work for maybe one of the characters but they made all the characters sound the same - either as maniacal ghosts or spoiled whiny brats.

Moving on to the actual story, I can say it was better than the 2nd book but still left much to be desired. It jumps from one scene to another givingt he reader/listener whiplash. It spends time getting to know characters for no reason (don't want a spoiler inserted here). It ends as though there is more to come. I thought this was a trilogy? The romances are either cliché or not romantic at all. I gave it three stars even though it's is closer to 2 only because the middle managed to hold my attention. I would probably recommend the series only in actual book form, not audio, and only to those who truly enjoy magic of the mind.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A solid three.

I enjoyed both this book and series. They were good books, but not great or my favorite, leaving it right in middle- enough to keep my attention but wanting more out of it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very disappointing

What began as an intriguing and engrossing exercise in world-building, with fresh and appealing characters in the first book in the series, became by this third book a Harlequin romance, with magic. I couldn't finish it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I am dubious that the author understands bloodloss

Seriously, it is a good story, but every character loses an absurd amount of blood.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful