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A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic 3) by V.E Schwab

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

Take all the stars from me, Schwab, you deserve them for creating this masterpiece for us. It’s always good to see a writer growing with each book, and for Schwab, the change is more prominent. The first book in this trilogy had so much promise, yet turned so little stones. Ever since being introduced to this world (by a booktube channel btw) I had been in awe from the concept and the premise. When I found the book and started reading it, the magical world and her amazing writing style pulled me in so much, I forgot everything else that was happening in my life and finished that one in a single sitting.
But once done, I felt so frustrated. I needed more of Red London and Kell. As if Schwab had read my mind, the second book came which had nothing but Red London–not as much Kell as I would like, though.
And I finished that again with feeling that so many stones were left unturned. While hyping over the release of this book, I feared I will end up finishing this one the same way. But turned out I shouldn’t have worried.
Every character, from major to minor, were given their due time. All the backstories unraveled. While keeping the pace thrilling, I am in awe how the author managed that.
Kell had always been my favorite, from the moment he was introduced. Lila had a tendency to keep getting better and better by each scene. Alucard was a cool character when introduce, but turned out to have so much depth in him. I was close to tears at one point for him. And for Rhy, and unpopular opinion here. I was annoyyed by him in the first book, but then he kept growing on me. Until by the climax, he was the one I was most pained for. Most rooting for.
And a moment of silence for the king and queen please. I mean, I haven’t seen a single YA book putting so much weight on the parental characters. Previous book in this series also had merely touch on the corners of their character. Kind of decoration pieces just for display. But in this one, I can’t even begin to describe how happy and in awe I am by the justice done to their character.
This is the kind of book where a reader is pained at the death of even trivial characters. Because the death was carved out from the ones left living. The emptiness always left inside them, a hollow that kept ringing in every word so that a reader had to feel it.
The plot was amazingly built. Without missing a beat. From the moment the book started, it felt like a climatic sequence. That was the measure of intensity. The climax was epic. The action scenes was thrilling to the bone. The adventurous feel was just amazing.
As you can all see, the whole review has been me madly gushing over the book. Some might be even rolling their eyes– surely there has to be some weakness in the book. And certainly there is, one tiny one.
Gosh I don’t want it to end. Don’t know what to do with my life anymore. Please Schwab, fill the void soon or my life will be left miserable forever.
Okay now I have turned into rambling so should take my leave.
P.S a full spoilery thought post is cooming soon in my blog. Shameless marketing over, time to leave the review for those brave enough to read it.

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A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir!

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes, #2)A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had read the last book quite a while ago. It ended in a cliffhanger and I was weary of picking this one up without a reread. Fearing that the story might get confusing, but Tahir took off where she left the last book without missing a beat. While recounting the events from last one in a manner that didn’t fall either in confusing or boring zone. So kudos for that achievement.
I have to say, though, that the middle was slightly sagging. Not the pace, it was a thrilling ride until the end. But if felt slightly off the mark, as compared to the awesomeness of overall series. It was a tightrope battle of 3-4 stars. But then, the third act happened, and all hell broke loose. I was literally at the edge of my seat the whole while reading that part. And might have been slightly snappy towards anyone who tried to drag me out of the magical world I was in and back to the reality.
I can’t say much about the plot without spoiling anything. What I can say is the character development was on point. I really like even the coolest characters in this series are so grounded in reality. So prone to mistakes, so vulnerable. At the middle though, I had gotten really frustrated from all the love-triangle drama. All I wanted was one action sequence where Keenan and Elias worked as allies, both of them are such cool fighters. Was it too much to ask?
I also appreciated Tahir’s teasing with the topics of pain and death. The overall tone of this story is bleak and dark. And the way death is approached feels too real, it’s painful yet wonderful to read.
There was a huge build-up towards one plot-twist. I saw it coming miles away, though, but somehow it managed to pack a surprising punch.
This book didn’t end on a cliffhanger like the last one, but still had enough going on that I just can’t wait to get my hands on the next one. I need it, now!
Especially considering the point it ended. Filled with so much hope, yet so much hopelessness at the same time. I am not sure how the author manages it, creating so many conflicting emotions in a reader in the same time.

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Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson!

Warbreaker (Warbreaker, #1)Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As always, Sanderson proved himself master of characterization and plot twists. So many remarkable memorable characters popped up throughout the story to count. From Vasher to Lightsong, each and every one of them had a unique voice and added an interesting flavor to the pot.
The story follows two kingdoms at the brink of war. A shaky peace treaty keeping the war at bay, but a single mistake from one of the king starts the spiral of events that is the whole novel. The treaty was to marry his eldest daughter to the other king when she came of age, but the king sends his other daughter instead. I kept waiting for a more plausible explanation as to why the king made the decision, sadly that never happened.
But from then, the spiral of events kept me hooked and breathless with their brilliance.
The story followed multiple POVs and all the elements of fantasy a fan would enjoy, yet the colorful magic system made it a breath of fresh air. To add icing on the cake, a huge chunk of the story was filled with politics and court drama. With the unique style of Sanderson, it felt way fresher and more interesting.
I didn’t personally enjoyed Blushweaver’s character, though her contribution to making Lightsong as beloved as he was can’t be denied. Their maturish bickering was the highlight of the show.

“Lightsong!” she said. “One could say you begin to sound jealous!”
“One could also say that my feet smell like guava fruit,” he said. “Just because could say it doesn’t mean it’s relevant.”

I have seen a lot of mixed opinions about Vivenna, the princess who was supposed to marry the king but her sister got sacrificed instead. I personally really loved her character development. To be honest, I used to roll my eyes at the beginning at the description of her perfection. Thankfully, as the story unfolded she became getting more and more grounded. Making mistakes and trying to redeem them.
I really enjoyed and will always miss her time with the mercenaries.
I pat myself on the back for always seeing Vasher as a nice gray character instead of bad-guy. :3
I updated a status right when I started this book that I was loving this guy and stood true until the end.

Vasher had always found it interesting that the men who watched dungeons tended to be as bad as, or worse than, the men they guarded. Perhaps that was deliberate. Society didn’t seem to care if such men were outside the cells or in them, so long as they were kept away from honest men.

Seriously, what’s there not to like?
Other than him, all the plot-twists and betrayals left be flabbergasted.
This is the first book by Sanderson I finished after the masterpiece: the original Mistborn trilogy. Though this book is far behind the brilliance of that book, I’ve got to say, the characters were way more well-rounded and gray in this one.
The villain’s and hero’s motivations overlapped more and the thematic questions were stronger.
Overall this one is a strong read which I will always miss. 😀

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