Schwab has a knack for character development, and this really shines through in her conclusion to ADSOM. Love.
A Conjuring of Light was such a fantastic end to an amazing trilogy. I don't think that I have loved a book series quite this much in some time. The characters were phenomenal, their arcs and development so enjoyable. And the way everything wrapped up at the end, just beautiful.
V.E. Schwab's writing is some of my favourite; I will recommend these books for a long, long time!
I forced myself to finish this book as I had committed to completing the series, but it was a bit better than the second one at least. There was more action and plot which made it more enjoyable, but the characters and the author's writing still were infuriating. I do not need to be told a hundred more times that Lila is a thief (italicize for emphasis every time!). The overall idea was interesting and the story had lots of potential, but the author was just not a strong enough writer to pull it off.
I couldn't put this down, and this was a long book. I really did love it, but I would give it 4.5 stars.
My complaints: each installment of this series has gotten longer. While there's a lot of story to tell, there were times that I felt like it was being drawn out past where it needed to be, and when it was clear a new, major undertaking was going to be initiated halfway through the novel, it was frustrating. Still, it gave more time to develop the relationship between Lila and Kell, as well as give the reader time to explore Holland's painful and tortured past.
Even more vexing was that Schwab, despite dropping a few breadcrumbs, decides not to help us solve the big mystery that has haunted the series from the beginning. Her answer is that the past doesn't matter, but after being teased throughout the series--particularly through the cagey memories of Queen Emira--that's a big letdown.
Those are my complaints, but overall this was a mostly satisfying conclusion to the series. Lila grows up, Kell loses a shade of his arrogance (literally and figuratively), and Holland earns redemption and, perhaps, a little hope. Rhy, the would-be rakish prince, becomes the man he was raised to be, not in spite of but because of his vulnerabilities. And who doesn't love the chance to see George IV spooked and rebuffed?
Throughout the series, Schwab plays with the themes "magic comes with a price", "magic is a crutch", and "magic is everywhere". It's necessary at certain points, but it's ultimately not powerful magic that saves worlds but humanity and simple decency, which may be the simple magic that Alucard sees around Rhy. And while sometimes sacrifice may be required, the one that's taken is not nearly as powerful as the ones that are offered, as they are in this installment.
I would love to have some of the questions left lingering here answered, but it helps to know that they can be: nothing is destroyed, and those things that have needed it are given hope and new beginnings. Let's raise a glass with Ned Tuttle in the Five Points Tavern and hope that someday we'll find out more about the rest of the story.
It feels like a different writer with the character personalities changing jarringly.
I love the series but this book was far too long.
I read this last week and came back today to review it. What was it about again? Utterly forgetful and a waste of time.
What. A. Conclusion!! This book was nonstop from the first page and I adored every minute of it. It was so intense in every way; I gasped and grinned and cried. It was great.
Almost entirely perfect.
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