A Conjuring of Light – By V. E. Shwab

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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.

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?

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.

And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.

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After flying through the second book in this series and loving it I was so excited to read this book.  So you can imagine how bitterly disappointed I was when I did not love this book.  In fact I didn’t even finish the book…I’m not sure exactly where to start with this review.

I was excited to know what happened to Rhy and Kell, even to Lila. But the book started with chapters from Holland’s POV which was immediately boring. I didn’t give a single fuck about him and I sure as hell didn’t want to hear about his tragic backstory. From there the POV switching got worse. Apparently every single character in the world needed a chapter, which not only felt disjointed but it was just boring as all get out. It was too much.

From there I found the plot incredibly predictable, which was massively disappointing. Granted I only made it about a 100 pages into the story, but I could still see where the ending was going and it made me sad and bored. I shouldn’t be able to predict the end of 600 page book only 100 pages in. *sigh*

So I didn’t finish this book. Even Schwab’s beautiful writing couldn’t convince me to read 500 more pages of endless POV changes and predictable plot. It’s so sad and frustrating, but there it is.  I still love Schawb’s books, her worlds are fantastic and I will continue to read more by her. But I will be talking a break for now.

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