REVIEW: A CONJURING OF LIGHT BY V.E. SCHWAB

Title: A Conjuring of Light
Author: V.E. Schwab
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 624
My Rating: 5 stars

 

FIVE_CATS

 

“But that was the difference between magic and men—the latter made mistakes.”

 

This story and these characters have totally stolen my heart! I was on the edge of my seat whenever any of them was in danger, and I teared up anytime they made it back safely from perilous danger. (Or when they didn’t make it back, be prepared for some loss!) The author did a great job of playing with all of your emotions, and once again the story was never predictable or stale. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen next, the author would flip the script and something would come totally out of left field. Nobody was safe and there were enemies everywhere, and in the end I was happy with the way everything played out.

 

Pros:
– chapters from Alucard’s perspective! (plus the Queen’s, King’s, villains.. tons of great POVs)
– a floating black market and a magical map that’s needed to find it, mirrors that tell of the future and mirrors that tell only of truth
– writing that flows, characters that all have great chemistry, a plot that keeps you on your toes

 

“You think this is a bad idea,” he said. It wasn’t a question. But it sparked something in Lila, rekindled the fire in her eyes and ignited a grin.
“Without a doubt.”
“Then why are you smiling?”
“Because,” she said, “bad ideas are my favorite kind.”

 

I will say that I think introducing the villain to Red London could have been done later on in the book. It did help to keep the tension up and made it so that there was always some lingering danger, but the repeated attempts and failures at defeating Osaron started to become tiring. I understand they have to work to overcome him, but it took until the middle of the novel for them to finally form a coherent plan, and I think this made the beginning drag a little bit. The book probably could have been shortened and wouldn’t have lost much, but I did enjoy the extra time with the characters. Thankfully things definitely did pick up, and the characters drove the story when the plot slowed down at all.

 

“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.”

 

The dialog was just as consistently good in this installment, and there were plenty of instances where I laughed out loud at a quip or felt genuine sadness at a failure right along with the characters. The magic was also consistently unique, and it was interesting to see the different ways they each used magic to their advantage and the ways they had to fight against the evil magic. The characters had to use the elements around them at a moment’s notice and frequently had to improvise on the spot, which kept everyone on their toes and kept the tension high throughout the book. I look forward to rereads of this series in the future, and I’m definitely glad that I finally picked it up and experienced it for myself!

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