“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.”
What a beautiful, satisfying ending to an amazing fantasy series. I don’t even know what to say in this review, I feel like I’ve already said everything there is to say. I’ve done three reviews of fangirling. I just can’t help it. It was awesome.
Too many times the final book in a series is disappointing. I can handle the story not going the way I want, most of the time, but what I can’t handle is when everything wraps too perfectly, or too neatly. That didn’t happen in A Conjuring of Light. It had a good ending, a solid ending, but sacrifices were made. People were lost. It was full of battle and heart, and of course great characters.
Kell and Lila have always been my favorites. They were just as wonderful in the third book, and I’ve already praised their gloriousnesses so many times. Instead I want to talk about Alucard and Holland. I knew Alucard was someone I loved, but in this book he really was so special. He and Rhy broke my heart, and then re-knitted it back together again at the end. Especially Rhy. Rhy was the only character that made me cry. I think he became one of the most developed characters of the series.
It was Holland, though, that was the biggest surprise. I knew from the very beginning there was more to him. He had a story, and it wasn’t that he was just a bad guy. Man, his story was tragic. There’s a reason why characters like Snape have always been my favorites. I love getting the backstory to the darker characters, and Holland was all of that.
I keep saying “I love”, but that’s what it all boils down to. I love this series. I love these characters. I love this world. I can’t wait to read more by VE Schwab.
“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.”