A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab – Book Review

A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab – Book Review

32200595Rating: 5/5

Genre: Adult, fantasy

First published:  2017

Author: V. E. Schwab

 ***SPOILER ALERT*** THIS IS THE THIRD BOOK IN THE SERIES, SO THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST TWO BOOKS FROM HERE ON! I have spoiler free reviews for the first and second books, if you are interested.

Synopsis:

THE BALANCE OF POWER HAS FINALLY TIPPED…
The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.

WHO WILL CRUMBLE?
Kell – once assumed to be the last surviving Antari – begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?

WHO WILL RISE?
Lila Bard, once a commonplace – but never common – thief, has survived and flourished through a series of magical trials. But now she must learn to control the magic, before it bleeds her dry. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.

WHO WILL TAKE CONTROL?
And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

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This book is so amazing! I love Victoria’s writing. I NEED to read the rest of her books. Anyway, I should be speaking about A Conjuring of Light. I absolutely loved it. I fell in love with the world(s) and the characters in the first book and I was so happy and so satisfied by the way their story ended.

Since I was talking about the characters, let’s start there. Kell, my baby, is all growed up in this one. In fact, all of have grown so much since the beginning of the series. Really good character development. I loved to see the dynamics between all the characters as they were forced to come together and work together. I loved seeing Alucard and Kell interact because they just hate each other so much, but at the same time, they understand each other very well, I feel. We also get to learn more about Rhy and Holland. Oh, Holland! I think of all the character development that went on, Holland’s was my favourite. Just to learn more about him was fascinating.

Where the second book was like the deep breath before a storm, heavy, but still in a way. Anticipatory. Like a gathering of shadows (the title is so perfect). This one is an outpouring. It’s like that first, blinding flash of lightning (a conjuring of light, eh?), followed by that ear-splitting thunder and finally, as if the skies cracked open, it begins to pour. I love this metaphor so much. This whole series was a storm, it’s so perfect for it. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that everything changed in this one. Everything  sprang into motion. Quickly and brutally. And when it was over, the world looked different. This is the best that I can do to explain intensity of this book.

What else can I say… we got to see a little bit more of the world. We learnt a bit more about White London. Even about Black London. And we even got to learn new things about magic. We also learnt quite a bit about Maxim and Emira Maresh, which I quite enjoyed.

The one thing that I am really frustrated about is that we don’t learn more about Kell. I mean… I understand why within the narrative. It makes sense. Bot goddammit, I want to know who he is! I want to know about his childhood. I want to know what he’s forgotten. Grrrr! There should be a novella that takes place in Kell’s childhood, so we can know what happened!

This is a really rambly review. I don’t really know what else to say without giving anything away. You just need to read it. It’s amazing! Just go read it!

Even MORE Series I will probably not finish (Part 4)

Well, I was bound to have another one of these sooner or later. You can check out parts one, two and three if you like.


1. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

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I didn’t particularly like this book. It was too wishy-washy and insta-lovey for me. It had a pretty cool world concept, but it just wasn’t enough  to hold my interest. You can read my full review of it here if you are interested, but yeah… not likely to ever pick up the other ones.

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2. Legend by Marie Lu

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It’s not that I didn’t like this. I enjoyed it. It’s just that my focus has sort of shifted away from dystopian in the past year and I really don’t read dystopia anymore unless it’s some mindblowingly amazing one. And Legend was good, but it wasn’t by any means mindblowing. So I just don’t think I will ever get around to reading the other two books. I’m still holding out for The Young Elites though. It was so much better than Legend and it’s a fantasy dystopia and I don’t know why I haven’t read the rest of it yet, but I hope it won’t end up on my next “will not finish” post, because it would be a shame.

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3. Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

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UGH! I do not know how to tell you how much I hated this book. I actually haven’t even finished it because it’s so boring and annoying and Snow is so whiny and insufferable and stupid. *deep breath* Yeah, no. Not going to happen.

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4. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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I really enjoyed this book. But I read it quite a while ago and I haven’t picked up the other ones and I just don’t really see myself doing that anytime soon. I still might get around to reading it eventually. Though realistically, I probably won’t because you know… so many books, so little time. It’s like Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken. “Oh, I kept the first for another day, But knowing how way leads on way,/I doubted if I should ever come back.” I really like that poem.

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There are a few other candidates for this list, but I’ll hold out on them a little longer. Still, I reckon it won’t be too long before I have another one of these posts.

The Versatile Blogger Award 2

I’ve been nominated for this award once again by Joana @ Bookneeders. Check out her blog! And you can also check my first Versatile Blogger post, if you feel so inclined.

The Rules:

1) Display the award on your blog.

2) Thank the blogger that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

3) Share 7 facts about yourself.

4) Nominate 15 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blog.


Okay, seven facts about yours truly.

  1. I like to draw from time to time.
  2. I’m not a very good cook.
  3. I hate bananas.
  4. I’m rubbish at whistling
  5. I can write with both my right and my left hand (I’m also ambidextrous with a few other things, but not all… yet)
  6. I love Funkos
  7. I like walking

I will nominate some of my most recent followers

 Luanshya Musings

DuskAngelReads

Chantelle Griffin

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Elou Carroll

Twin Reads

 

Two

Two

Two shadows;
One unknown and one unknowable.

Two whispers;
One unheard and one unhearable.

Two hearts;
One untouched and one untouchable.

Two potentials;
One unreached and one unreachable.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – Book Review

29845906Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: Fantasy, YA

First published: 2016

Author: Jay Kristoff

Synopsis: Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

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I have been reading very little and updating this blog even less. This is the only book that I have read so far in February, but at least is was an awesome one. I had never read any of Kristoff’s works before, though I’d heard much praise for him. I can see why.

I have a weird and possibly disturbing fascination with assassins. And this book did not disappoint. Ah… so much murder. Okay, where do I begin reviewing this book? Let’s start with the world. It’s so freaking cool. It’s clearly inspired by Roman society, which I always find cool. I’m also getting a Venice vibe. Anyway, that’s not even the coolest part of it. The three suns that almost never set, I thought that was such a cool idea. And also, just the way the world was presented and built was amazing, I loved it. All the random little bits of history in the footnotes were awesome.

And speaking of the footnotes, it’s so cool how the book is written. I loved the footnotes. Let me say that again. I LOVED the footnotes! They added so much to the story and they were so funny. The writing and style is first class, I bow my hat to Jay Kristoff. Oh also, this was honestly THE most profanity-ridden book I have ever read, it’s fantastic. It makes it so much more hilarious. That’s one other thing I really love about it. There is so much humor in a book about death and a cult of murderers, but it’s not done in poor taste. It’s kind of… self deprecating? I don’t know how to describe it.

The characters! Loved them. I love all of them, honestly. I don’t think there was one character I did not enjoy in this book, which is rare. They were all so unique and so… real. And they were all snarky little bitches. Mister Kindly is by far the sassmaster of this cast though. Love Mister Kindly!

Finally, the story. I thought it was a very well told story. Always the right amount of tension, the right pace, the right balance between action and exposition. Loved the flashbacks, I always think flashbacks are such a powerful tool for worldbuilding and character building and just showing the reader something rather than telling them, if that makes sense. But of course, they have to be done well, this book did not disappoint. There was also the right amount of stuff revealed and stuff going on that the book wasn’t boring or didn’t feel like it was stagnating, but also left plenty for the following one. It was very well balanced.

One last thing I have to mention is that gorgeous cover, I mean look at it! I walked into Waterstones and saw that glorious hardcover and spent the following 40 minutes perusing the shelves while clutching it tightly, lest anyone else should even look at it for too long because it was MINE! No regrets.

So, yeah basically… when can I get the next one?