Friday, December 29, 2017

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This book took me a long time to get through because I was doing a lot of traveling with family over this vacation, and this book had prominent immoral themes that kept me from listening to it on our road trip where my family would have to listen as well. For that it earns 1 star from me despite all of its awesome features.

Awesome features:
-Starting with the ending: I really appreciated that the author took the time to wrap up each of the story lines at the end, with one exception. (So Black London was really beyond help? Even with the foe vanquished?)
-Characters. The set of characters in this book was awesome. They were different, rich, and full of backstory, yet I never felt like we were stuck in an overly long backstory. We learned about them as we went.
-Creative solutions. The solution to the conflict involved some interesting features. I will avoid spoilers here, but I liked the final battle, again with one exception. The initial plan essentially worked. That never happens. While I am still satisfied at that outcome, I wonder if there weren't other opportunities there.

So, to wrap this up, this was a great book (and series) ruined by themes and situations I consider to be immoral. Yes, this is subjective, but that is the wonderful thing about opinions. I'm entitled to mine. I wish that that part of the book had been different (and it could have been), and I would have been trying to decide between a 4 or 5 star rating.