A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab, review by Shelly Walston
The third in VE Schwab's Shades of Magic trilogy, A Conjuring of Light is a quick-paced read. Not only do Kell's, Lila's, and Rhy's stories get fleshed out, but so also do Alucard's and Holland's. Through masterful and well-placed flashbacks, Schwab manages to imbue these other characters with motivation that is believable and compelling. The enemies of the Maresh throne must work together to defeat an embodiment of the purest, most elemental magic, an osoch.
What readers have come to love about Schwab's writing is her ability to infuse her characters with real chemistry; Schwab has truly mastered the elements here - just as her characters have learned to master the magic they wield.
Much to my delight, Kell’s and Lila's relationship continues to develop (as does Alucard's and Rhy's), as Lila figures out her true strength as an Antari. Rhy must figure out his strength as crown prince, while also battling what it means to have his life (and his death) tethered to someone else. And Kell learns what it means to be more than one person's perfect compliment. Each character in A Conjuring of Light navigates his own path, but ultimately their paths converge as they shape a future together; Schwab has conjured an apt closing to her ever-popular trilogy. I didn't want it to end.