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Londons fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes struggle. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final audiobook in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees the newly minted New York Times best-selling author V. E. Schwab reach a thrilling conclusion concerning the fate of beloved protagonists - and old foes.

Shades of Magic series
1. A Darker Shade of Magic
2. A Gathering of Shadows
3. A Conjuring of Light

©2017 Victoria Schwab (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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I love the first two books but

This one really dragged. I also thought it was weird that the female narrator totally scrapped Lila's British accent in this book. In the first book, her accent was cockney, the second one, more 'high royal' but by the time this book came out, she totally had no accent. ********SPOILERS BELOW ******* I really didn't care that much about Holland's backstory or Rye's life. They could have cut most of that out and made more of it about their trip on the water to the black floating market (coolest part). Also.. Why did Kel burn that paper with the remembering spell? Did the author not care to talk about the main character's backstory? But why go into everyone else's backstory? We also didn't ever learn about Lila's origin or how Maris knew her. It was all so stupid... Why didn't they find out about their lives and parents? I mean, the whole notion that the family they gave now is more important than their origins is pretty weak. Sorry... Weak writing. Story was tight until this book. Basically game of throned the whole thing. Fail.

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A good end to the trilogy

An excellent trilogy with a great ending. The Kate Reading was terrible, but she improved in the third book.

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Loved the story!

This was my first V.E. Schwab book and definitely not the last! I loved her writing, her story telling, how she describes each world, the characters. Everything was amazing (story wise). I didn't however, really enjoy the voice actors. When it came to dialogue between the characters, the voice actor sounded the same so it was kind of hard to distinguish/imagine the characters coming to life since they would sound exactly the same. Overall, the story was amazing. The audiobook was okay. #audible1

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Good series

Entertaining magical story. Interesting concept of parallel words with different views towards magical beings. #Audible1

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Really enjoyed!

A perfect light & fun book to listen to on long drives && a really great end to the series (although I was happy to hear Schwab has a spin off in the works!!) #Audible1

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thoroughly enjoyed it

I really enjoyed this story. The unraveling of backstories. The growth of the characters. But what happens NEXT?!

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  • Reverie and Ink
  • 2017-02-23

I am absolutely wrecked

I.... don't know what to do with myself. I am so completely overwhelmed with emotions and so far past blown away... and now I'm trying to write a review for one of the greatest stories ever told.

Before I get started... let me just say that the narration was perfection.

You guys... if you haven't picked up this series... start it now. As an aspiring author... I pray to get even a sliver of Schwab or Bardugo's brilliance. The writing was absolute perfection. But really quick.. can we just focus on how freaking awesome Schwab is as a person? I don't know if you've seen her twitter... but she's so open and honest about the struggles of being a writer (not to mention hilarious) but then she pumps out something like this book. Wow. Also, I got to meet her at Yallfest. I was in a wheelchair and I couldn't have gotten back to her signing - but she actually took time to come out to me. Victoria... *virtual hug*

Anyway, since I'm barely able to even function (I'm still a blubbering mess after finishing this book...) I'm just going to summarize a mess of words/statements below and hope it makes sense.

Be ready because the moment you open this book... you'll hit the ground running. It picks up literally seconds where the second left off... and it doesn't slow down. The first 20-30% was non stop craziness... and it was wonderful and painful and entirely too stressful and I found myself screaming and laughing and I don't even know.. you guys... I don't even know.

The only slow moments in this ENTIRE book were the flashbacks - and there were lots of little ones all throughout. They were very core to character development and I actually really enjoyed them.

I literally cannot even begin to talk about the plot. I'm going to refrain from giving away any details. But I'll say this- I really liked the first book though I felt it was slow at times. I LOVED the second as it took the series to a whole new level of emotional turmoil. This one just blew me away. The pacing was perfect (as I said, VERY fast paced, only slowing during flash backs) and full of surprises (and stress). I was so attached to everyone (even the side characters) that I was literally racing through the pages so now I'm going to have to go back and reread for details. I've highlighted about 30 quotes. I've cried and laughed and screamed and now I'm completely exhausted.

"We don't choose what we are, but we choose what we do."

To summarize, here's what you can expect.

1. Blood. Repeatedly. (Like... half of this book is fight scenes I feel like.)
2. New and interesting POVs.
3. Kiss your heart goodbye.
4. Tears. Lots.
5. Stress and anxiety because you'll love EVERYONE
6. Pirate ships. Magic. New magical abilities.
7. Brilliance. On every page.

So all I have left is to sit here and proclaim my love for the cast.

Lila is her usual BAMF self. She had so many witty one liners and she was endless entertainment. I love love loved her contribution to the story - she kinda has a character arc but kinda doesn't. She's learned to let people in, but at the same time, she's so true to herself. Some of the highlights for me were obviously moments with Kell- but also with Alucard. (Ok, brb, need to cry.)

Kell. I literally cannot. Precious smol- must be protected at all costs. This guy. The second book made me feel for him SO much. He's so selfless that even Rhy gives him crap about being so perfect. Oh my gosh Kell and Rhy- strongest brother relationship I've ever read. I need to cry again. Also Kell and Alucard banter was EVERYTHING. And then the parental issues... you'll just have to see.

Rhy - easily one of my all time favorite characters. He' so freaking hilarious and sassy and I feel like we would be best friends. He's easily as selfless as Kell, though he doesn't even see it. A little reckless, but he can't help it.

HOLLAND. Holy freaking crap of the world. I did not expect to care about him so much. I can't even function right now. BYE.

Alucard. I can't form words. BYE.

Ugh. The whole entire cast. Even the side characters like Lenos and Hostra .. and oh my gosh the whole Maresh family... I'm just... I want to cry because every character was so beautifully done.

The ending does not disappoint. Everything was wrapped up - and I'm just sitting here thinking... what now? What do I even do with myself? Do I pick it up and read it again? Do I sit here and grieve because its over? Ugh.

You guys... read this series.

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  • Robert
  • 2017-04-02

Disappointing and probably not the end

Big bad defeated by two MacGuffins and a Deus ex Machina. Sequel probably in works. Background and otherwise bland characters are suddenly built up just to make their deaths meaningful. The author ties up enough loose ends to satisfy many readers while posing enough questions to justify continuing things. The main saving grace are Kramer and Reading who are wonderful, as ever.

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  • Melinda E. Sabo
  • 2017-02-26

A great ending to a wonderful adventure...

Yes! Too many books (and series) have unsatisfying endings. This one delivers! I highly recommend this trilogy.
Anoshe.✌

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  • Steve Lavender
  • 2017-04-25

Very disappointing

What began as an intriguing and engrossing exercise in world-building, with fresh and appealing characters in the first book in the series, became by this third book a Harlequin romance, with magic. I couldn't finish it.

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  • Andrew
  • 2017-03-12

Premise is great, story is weak.

The character arc for Holland is really excellent, but the rest of the cast have weak and flat motivations for their journeys. Very disappointing.

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  • Stina S.
  • 2017-03-02

Excellent ending for an excellent trilogy

This whole trilogy has been fantastic to listen to, and the ending was very satisfying. The characters are not stereotypes, you don't know what exactly is going to happen, and the pacing is just right. It's refreshing admist a sea of melodramatic YA fantasy novels that have a tendency to follow a certain "formula for success", this feels very original. I am eager to see what else V. E. Schwab can give us in the future.

I agree with other reviewers that the two narrators should have had some agreeance over pronunciations and voice tones, and Kate Reading seemed like she had taken some vocal lessons from William Shatner during some scenes. Their mild downfalls were not enough to really take away from the entire performance, so don't let that detract you from giving this series a try.

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  • Lex
  • 2017-02-27

Great way to wrap it up

Both the story and the narration where very good.
My only complaint is that with two excellent narators, it would really have helped if they had agreed on pronunciations, and accents. The discrepancies where VERY distracting

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  • MVG
  • 2017-08-23

Struggled to finish

There's a lot to like. But enough of the characters have such moral ambiguity as to suck the joy out of listening. It is an apocalyptic tale that reason is stretched too far and the final solution is fraught with contradictions. I couldn't believe the magic. I wish I never started this series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-01-03

What the HECK

I really enjoyed the first two books. I had to stop reading at chapter five of this one due to an intimate scene between a man and a child........YIKES....SERIOUSLY! I'm not a judge or a jury, However that is disgusting. I think audible at the very least should put some kind of warning on the book. Also Kate and Michael have you no shame? This duo was great when reading Brandon Sandersons "The Way of Kings" series, However I don't think I could listen to them again.

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  • Tom
  • 2019-08-27

Hollywoodafied but still good

It felt like V. E. Schwab was given the mission statement “More sex, more attitude, more language!”, it felt jarring for some of the characters as they drastically changed at times from the previous two books. I was going to rate this title two stars but had to bring it up because the last few chapters were great like the previous books.

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