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A Conjuring of Light Audiobook

A Conjuring of Light: Shades of Magic, Book 3

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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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    Melinda E. Sabo 02-26-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    Kelli Kronenbitter 03-06-17
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    "awesome"

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

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    Lex 02-27-17
    Lex 02-27-17 Member Since 2015
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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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    brittney 02-23-17
    brittney 02-23-17 Member Since 2015
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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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 03-03-17
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 03-03-17 Member Since 2016
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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.

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    Stina S. 03-02-17
    Stina S. 03-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent ending for an excellent trilogy"

    This whole trilogy has been fantastic to listen to, and the ending was very satisfying. The characters are not stereotypes, you don't know what exactly is going to happen, and the pacing is just right. It's refreshing admist a sea of melodramatic YA fantasy novels that have a tendency to follow a certain "formula for success", this feels very original. I am eager to see what else V. E. Schwab can give us in the future.

    I agree with other reviewers that the two narrators should have had some agreeance over pronunciations and voice tones, and Kate Reading seemed like she had taken some vocal lessons from William Shatner during some scenes. Their mild downfalls were not enough to really take away from the entire performance, so don't let that detract you from giving this series a try.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 11-14-17
    Rebecca 11-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A fitting end"

    I loved this whole series! The narrator change between books 1 and 2 was not unwelcome like it typically is. I do wonder where everyone's accents went, though...

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    Brittany Illinois 10-20-17
    Brittany Illinois 10-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Solid ending but some questions still"

    And so I say anoshe to this series.

    The ending to this book was just beautiful and a wonderful way to wrap things up. I loved the finality of everything and yet the openness to allow the characters to go off and pursue other things. The series was complete and yet there could totally be more books or a spin-off series with more things to come.

    I will say, though, that the thing that struck me the most about this book was HOW MUCH happened. It's the last book in the series so of course things will escalate but there were so many things that could have been put in the second book -- like backstories, more world-building, explanations, etc -- that felt a little too crammed into the final book when this would have been more suited for the action and not building things up at the same time. I would have loved to have learned more about Holland in AGOS instead of ACOL, as a specific example, and some of the revelations could have been developed in AGOS with a final reveal in ACOL instead of it all happening at once. I didn't feel overwhelmed by the length of the book but it just did feel like a whole lot was flung at me at once, especially in the beginning. It's not that it was hard to follow but it was a lot to constantly take in.

    Definite (mild) spoilers for the series in the rest of the review below so I'll put it all in a spoiler tag for those who don't wish to read it just yet.

    I also still have some questions that weren't really answered... I understand the unspoken concept of the one black eye for Antari but I also wish that was more directly addressed. I wish we had known who Kell's parents were and what his name was before he came to the royal family but I understand leaving that one open because who he was is not who he is and he chooses to be present instead of dwelling in the past. I also wanted to know more about Lila's past, how she lost her eye (it was said to be an accident but I always wondered if it was more to cover up her true nature), and what led her to where she was. There were so many hints that Lila was so much MORE than basically everything but it was never said that she was more than an Antari... so was she more or was she just Antari? Or an exceptional Antari? Or am I just looking for too many answers that I should attain for myself? I figured out that she was Antari pretty much immediately once it was revealed that she was missing an eye but then the actual reveal wasn't even an event. It just kind of... happened. Like oh yeah, Lila is doing magic now and she's doing crazy stuff so I guess she's an Antari and everyone else was just like, okay, guess so. Maybe because Lila does whatever she wants so people weren't surprised when she broke all the rules anyway, but still. Again, I understand not wanting to go fully into each character's past and reveal every little thing but just a few words of wrap-up could have left things more final, I think.

    Then there were the THINGS with the magic system. I'm a huuuuge magic-system geek and I love learning about all of the rules and what a magician/wizard/whoever can and cannot do. It felt a little inconsistent to me with new abilities popping up where they were convenient. I did like that average citizens of Red London were able to wield magic and how differently it was accessible to the "common" people and also how its accessibility was different from world to world. I did love that Antari were next-level magic users and the only ones who were able to use blood magic to perform extraordinary feats and that they could use every element and not just one or two or three. Does the black eye signify black magic? It seemed like it should due to the story line here but that really wasn't addressed. Was it a piece of black magic within them or was it just magic and the essence of Black London had just turned bad? Was it a coincidence that the three Antari were from the three different Londons? Was there a Black London Antari and there is only allowed one from each London? Was it a coincidence that the three Antari had three different colored eyes (Lila: brown, Kell: blue, Holland: green)? Was this all planned and the rules of magic or was it all just randomly coincidental? Maybe I'm just naturally too curious but it seemed like these things were rules but never talked about. Maybe the characters don't even know themselves. I'm just a total sucker for learning as much as I can about a magic system so that really felt incomplete to me. Maybe I'm just spoiled with Brandon Sanderson books that detail everything so much that I've eaten it all up and come to expect it in other books. (The Antari reminded me of Mistborn in a way, with their ability to use all types of magic so there was a minor association for me there.)

    I also for some reason didn't totally love the Osaron concept... maybe because I didn't love the concept of magic taking a human form? I'm not sure. There was just something about it that I didn't love and something just felt "off" there for some reason. Maybe because it seemed like some sort of a turn in the concepts and I was expecting a different direction regarding the escalation of the black magic. I was also hoping for more time in Black London because I'm just TOO DARN CURIOUS. So I guess most of my disappointments were just hopes and my curious brain demanding more answers!

    Despite all of the thoughts I've just expressed, I did enjoy the series. I actually think the first book was the strongest in terms of plot and structure and it still remains my favorite. If things hadn't gotten derailed with the games in AGOS and had continued with strong plot development, I think the series could have been even stronger and more cohesive. All of the books were entertaining and the characters were really just wonderful. I really loved the character dynamics, the personalities, and the wonderful relationships. As a series, I think AGOS just really killed the plot momentum and while it was still highly entertaining, it could have pushed things so much further and more time could have been dedicated in ACOL to tying things up along with the action instead of jamming everything into a final book. I loved every character and the ways that they all interacted with each other and I did think that was so well done. I really connected with each one and just loved the feelings that I got from their relationships. The ending of the series was bittersweet and just the perfect way to say goodbye, or rather, anoshe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 10-01-17
    Rebecca 10-01-17 Member Since 2015
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    "This series one of my favourite listens of all time"

    I had originally discovered this series through an app available through my library but quickly became hooked and knew I'd want to revisit these books again and again. I've been dragging out A Conjuring of Light for weeks, not wanting my first listen to end. But I've finally finished and am looking forward to coming back to this world soon. I've loved everything about them: the writing, the story, the characters, and--in the case of the audiobook--the narration. Just everything. ❤️❤️❤️

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MVG 08-23-17
    MVG 08-23-17
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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