- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (21 February 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1785652443
- ISBN-13: 978-1785652448
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 4.6 x 20 cm
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Conjuring of Light (A Darker Shade of Magic) Paperback – 21 Feb 2017
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I'm going to miss Kell, Rhy and the rest though so I hope we'll see more of them in the future. --Feeling Fictional
"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)
Now that the series is complete, we can wholeheartedly say that the books are some of the best fantasy fiction of the decade. --Starburst Magazine
About the Author
V.E. Schwab is the No.1 New York Times bestsellingauthor of ten books, including This Savage Song and theDarker Shade of Magic series, whose first book wasdescribed as "a classic work of fantasy" by DeborahHarkness. It was one of Waterstones' Best Fantasy Booksof 2015, The Guardian's Best Science Fiction novels, anda Telegraph choice for the Best Young Adult Books of2015.
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My most favorite character was Holland as we also got a lot of his back story. It was also very interesting to get into the heads of Maxim Marsh and emira Marsh.. they were quite interesting. In total this was a five star read
This was the best magic book I've read. Still hung over the blood spells.
A great story yes , but I was expecting alot more and thus was disappointed for most parts of it.
The writing although is amazing and beautiful and I would still recommend it but I felt it could have been alot more considering the world building.
Acol picks up right after AGOS, and has a fair star, but is sooo dragged for 1st 400 pages . The story does not pick up for initial 400 pages and even after that some characters felt unnecessarily and basically useless !
Ex - like Ojka ( what was the point of her ?)
ACOL majorly takes place on Red London and for the world that we got here I would have liked it to mention more about the other Londons since that was the very reason I started the series in the first place
OSARON - although the villain is not that dangerous
And some plots of grey London felt completely out of place and so not necessary and yet not fully explained
There are many loose ends left by the end of the story and some felt to be lazy on authors part . What is Kell's Story? And Lila's?
Alucard Emery a fun character does not have much part to play considering he IS the strongest magician in all kingdoms. While Kell ( our main protagonist) was whiny and boring in most of the book . And I can't even talk about Lila - too reckless and naive and just grows on your nerves at times but Sarcasm is ON POINT!
Kell and Lila ending up together was too cliched
Finally THE STAR OF THE BOOK - HOLLAND an absolutely beautifully written character, his life , struggles, and beautiful end it's just something that makes this book so worthy . He is ,without any doubt, my favourite character.
What I liked ?
1. HOLLAND ( obviously)
3. Antari rings
4. Ferase Stras ( was a delight to get to know the black market of red London's uncharted waters)
What I didn't like ?
2. Kell and Delilah
3. Alucard turning out to be just a supporting character with no major part in any fights
5. No mention of Kell's and Lila's past
6. Not even a glimpse of black London ( I was rooting for it so much and would have also liked to know more about White London )
YES ! Read it For HOLLAND.
Might I also add, that contrary to popular opinion, this was my favourite book in the series, even though it was nothing short of a tome at six hundred plus pages. Just that the characters of Kell and Lila were fully developed in this one and you could so clearly see different shades to them, that I couldn’t help but hoot for the writing.
So here is a brief summary of the plot: An ancient enemy returns to claim a city, as a fallen hero tries very hard to save a kingdom, almost in ruins. And then there is the twist of Lila knowing magic but she doesn’t know how to control it. This is the part of the book that I loved the most. Schwab clearly knows how to spin a tale by bringing in a surprise element and enthralling the reader with it.
The entire excitement of four Londons being involved and equally so in the plot makes this one racier and almost on the edge of your seat fantasy thriller, so to speak. Yes, the writing seems dull in some places, but that was only a minor hindrance as far as I am concerned, given how much I enjoyed reading this one. Schwab clearly has ended the trilogy with precision, closed all open angles to the plot and has given us characters that I certainly would like to know more of, if there is a spin-off series, one which I am most certainly hooting for.
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