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Review: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

“Anoshe was a word for strangers in the street, and lovers between meetings, for parents and children, friends and family. It softened the blow of leaving. Eased the strain of parting. A careful nod to the certainty of today, the mystery of tomorrow. When a friend left, with little chance of seeing home, they said anoshe. When a loved one was dying, they said anoshe. When corpses were burned, bodies given back to the earth and souls to the stream, those left grieving said anoshe.Anoshe brought solace. And hope. And the strength to let go.” 

Name: A Gathering of Shadows

Author: V.E. Schwab

Series: Book 3 of Shades of Magic Series

Genre: Romance, Young Adult, Magic, Adventure, Family, LGBT

When you really don't want a series to end it is really hard to find the will to open the last book because no matter how long you take or how long you try to push the ending it still comes and this one was ready to leave you speechless. A Conjuring of Light has to definitely be my favorite of the whole trilogy, mostly due to the fact that we were able to see all the characters grow and mature. How they all dealt with their inner demon had me being their personal cheerleader and rooting for them individually. 

First off the villain. I loved him. I hated him. I loved how he didn't have a purpose he was pure evil, so I loved to watch him die. I loved how they triumphed over him. 

Second our characters. Kell, Lila, Alucard, Rhy, and Holland all impressed me greatly. I got the ending I wanted with my favorite villain and I got the romance that was missing between Kell and Lila (and Alucard and Rhy too). I felt that each other were able to grow past most of their fears and I felt like such a proud mom as Schwab made the reader aware of their changes. For example; when Kell burns the piece of paper that hints of his real family. Another example; when Lila slowly and although it is not very shown we as readers feel her turning more compassionate while never breaking her strong demeanor. And of course my beautiful Rhy stepping onto the King's shoes. 

The addition of random sub characters, that are really not that random, is majestic. You sometimes are confused as to why we're in the mind of another character when everything connects into pieces slowly. 

One of my favorite things about this book is that there was a lot more compassion and love (both romantically as well as friendship bonds and family bonds) that were added in this compelling end to a beautiful trilogy. The ending tied all the knots it needed to, without being too cheesy and without being too hurtful. It was just perfection. Lastly, I have to say that Schwab  (along with probably Sarah J Mass) articulates the best dialogues ever written. 

“She was a thief, a runaway, a pirate, a magician. She was fierce, and powerful, and terrifying. She was still a mystery. And he loved her.” 

--- 5 stars ---