Review: A Conjuring of Light

A Conjuring of Light
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A beautiful book and a really neat series. I like that it was a true trilogy and that it ended, even though I’d have loved to see more and I do hope the author may revisit the world because there is a lot of neat things to explore through different vantages.

I began this book in a hurried nearly frenetic pace because the way the second book leaves you is.. well.. quite in a bind. However, I found out that it was going to last in a frenetic pace for more than my ability to hold to it so I eventually eased off. You can only stay panicked so long before you tire. About 1/3rd of the way through I took a deep breath and revised my mental attachment to something more maintainable.

Memorable characters, pretty solid plot line, scope of work was maintained, what was risque was done so with balance and nothing that prior books haven’t alluded to. Action orientation felt about right. There is a fight sequence near the end which was very well executed. I think I could have seen more of that in these books but really this series was more a drama than action–so it can be let go, even if my inner magick-fighter-warlock wants to play more.

As another fine person said, this was an epic conclusion to the tale. What starts with a pickpocket in gray London took us on a very interesting, intense journey to places and mechanisms we might not have experienced before. I appreciated the journey and it’s conclusion.

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