“Love and loss,” he said, “are like a ship and the sea. They rise together. The more we love, the more we have to lose. But the only way to avoid loss is to avoid love. And what a sad world that would be.”
*Warning* Spoilers ahead
A Conjuring of Light was by far my favorite in the Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab and deserved 5 stars. Everyone’s story ended perfectly and, even though there were some heartbreaking moments, it was a beautiful end. I’m sad that it is over, but I look forward to reading more from V.E. Schwab.
One of the best parts of this story was learning the heartbreaking past behind Holland. His story cemented him as one of my favorite characters from this book. It makes you sympathize with him and explains his behavior in the previous books. He deserved so much better and I’m glad he got his moments to do some good in the world, like sacrificing himself to defeat Osaron and even saving Lila’s life. I was a little bit confused with his last chapter, but after a little bit of googling, it was clarified for me.
Speaking of characters who sacrificed themselves, Hastra’s death is the one that hurt the most. Since he did die, I’m glad he got a hero’s ending, but it still hurt to see him die. He never got to become a priest. The other death that hurt was Calla. She was the one of many who didn’t survive this finale and I wish she did. I can’t believe some of my favorite characters all died.
Even though some characters died, I’m glad that the main four all got what they wanted. Kell can finally leave London and see the world with Lila, while Alucard and Rhy can finally be with each other with nothing in their way. Their character arcs are finally completed.
One of the other aspects I loved about the ending is Ned Tuttle. His entire life he has been practicing magic and for a long time he has always wanted was to be trusted by Kell. He finally got his wish by being trusted with the Inheritor that holds Osaron. He spent his whole life believing and practicing magic, and he now holds the most powerful and dangerous magic in all different universes. Even this smaller character had his perfect ending.
I actually liked that the book didn’t tie up every single loose end. Magic can’t be destroyed, so there is still the threat that Osaron might return. I love how there will always be that question in the back of our minds. I didn’t want everything to be tied up perfectly because happily ever afters are boring, and I’m glad that this book didn’t do that.
Overall, A Conjuring of Light lived up to what I’ve heard about it and I think it was a great ending. If you like adult fantasy, I recommend that you read this series!