Shades of Magic (2)

4/5A Conjuring of Light.

I really really liked this book. This whole series, actually. Even when it took me waaaaaay to long to actually finish it. I blame it all on this the most inefficient year I had when it comes to my reading. Only to my reading, though, because work has been crazy busy.

But, even when there were quite a few of forced pauses in between my chapters, this book was amazingly grabbing. I loved getting to know Holland, who until now seemed only as a secondary character, especially that last chapter from his point of view. His whole story, though, it was all heartbreaking and enlightening as to why he does as he does and is as he is.

And I loved, even more, getting to know Rhy and the complexities of his relationship with Alucard.

And Alucard, and his messed up family!

And the Queen and her inability to express herself to Kell

And that is all before we even get to the Shadow King and the growing relationship between Kell and Lila., it was honestly a great book. I will totally recommend this series to anyone who may listen.

So, why only a 4/5? You might be asking… Well. It was the ending.

No. I’m not trying to say that the conclusion/solution to their problem was anything but great, but I do think that the last chapter… The emotional wrap-up… Felt a bit brushed over. Too fast, too superficial.

After everything the brothers now share, there was no conversation, no reunion, no normal goodbye. And with Lila! When did they agree to leave to follow HER dream of being a pirate? Wasn’t she toying with the idea of settling down? And what happened to Kell’s promise to be by his brother’s side when he became king?! And to Holland’s world? And what I’d the letter to King George say?

Again, too rushed. I wasn’t satisfied.

But really that was my only qualm. Besides that, the book was real. The whole series was awesome.


A Gathering of Shadows

It took me moths to finally finish A Gathering of Shadows, but it wasn’t for a lack of interest… i assure you.

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Instead, the only reason I put it down was the crazy insane project that suddenly landed on my hands around the same time I was getting ready to finish this book.

When I finally found an opportunity to focus my mind on this story again, I had to go back a few chapters to get on the same excited mood I was when I was forced to leave it. It wasn’t difficult.

This is a amazingly exciting story. I can honestly say I liked this one better that the previous one. It is simply packed with more wonderful displays of magic than the first one in the series. Not only about this girl that’s supposed to have no magic discovering all the thing she hadn’t thought were possible, but also the more in-depth view we get to Rhy and that’s before we get to the whole magical battle cage contest!

And that ending!! Oh. My. God!

(And I don’t say that lightly)

I was still holding my breath when I immediately switched to A Conjuring of Light. Bless my crazy ideas of purchasing books by sets!

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab


And, of course, I blew through the first chapters like crazy trying to keep up with my own excitement. It has been a while since I had that feeling. It was awesome. If the ending of book two and the beginning of book three are any indication, I’m going to absolutely love this one.

I’m trying to tamp down my expectations, so I don’t build it up too much before really getting into it, but I make no promises. This is, after all, the end of the story… As far as I know.  So, it is completely understandable that I would expect something way more amazing from this one book than from the previous tow put together. Don’t you think so? Isn’t that the standard?

What do you think?

Isn’t that the point of sequels?

Shades of Magic

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

A thief and a magician…

This is the second book of the series, Shades of Magic, after A Darker Shade of Magic.

If I remember right, we are talking about a one-of-a-kind magician, with a black eye that marks him as powerful… who can travel to other worlds!

And a thief who escapes her boring grey world in search of adventure and greatness.

Last thing I remember, they managed to defeat invading magicians and vanished a powerful and dangerous magic stone to a sealed world, attached to a death body.

Am I forgetting anything? Let’s back to it, then.

Alone not lonely


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I think audiobooks are the best company when the times comes to do housework. I don’t really like silence that much if I’m not reading, so I need some kind of background noise. Mostly that’s when I put on my headphones and get lost on the sounds of whoever might be reading the book to me… but if not, then music is usually my companion.

I don’t consider myself a shy person. I don’t have any difficulties talking to people of even making friends, but I do enjoy being alone. My family tends to worry about me and I’ve met people who told me that i could do so many better things with my time… but I enjoy being by myself. it doesn’t make me depressed or sad, it just feel refreshing and like cool rain after a very hot day, if that makes any sense to you.

Being alone makes for the best circumstances for listening to audiobooks. I can just click play on my device and take my portable speaker wherever in the house I go. I can be in the kitchen cooking, or in the backroom doing laundry, or all over the place mopping… and nothing interrupts my “reading“.

Of course, this doesn’t quite work when I have visits, and even the cleaning of the house becomes team work.

But something good came out of all this.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

When I began reading A Darker Shade of Magic, I wasn’t quite liking it. The main character, Kell, felt to melodramatic; and the prince, Rye, was too much of an over-grown child. It wasn’t until I met Delilah that I stop considering ditching this book. But then I had to put the book on stand-by and got to reading Stained and Killing Floor. You know how that turned out: I hated both of them.

So, when I returned to my audiobook, things didn’t seem so bad.

I don’t know if it was because I had read two bad book on a row, or simply because I had already moved forward on the story… but things started to pick up with Kell and Delilah. There is fleeing and and unnoticed invasion, and unexpected people turning unwilling traitors, and the random chapters from the point of view of an unknown entity…

That was one of my favorite parts. We get to see things from the perspective of a creature that the characters are unaware of, and we don’t (until the very end) know who or what it really is. That was pretty cool.

I ended up deciding that I do like this book after all, and I will be adding the two sequels to my To-Read list, even if they are not at the top of the list.

Peer pressure? 

I confess: my to-read list is easily influenced by online talk and buzz.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Shwab

There has been quite a number of books that I’ve only read because everyone seems to be talking about them. And I’ve discovered awesome books like that, the same way that I’ve ended up reading horrible mind-numbing books. It’s a gamble, you just never know.

This is how A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab gained a spot in my list.

I’ve being seeing this book cover everywhere for a long while now, so I thought I’d give it a go.

It’s all about magic and wizards, isn’t? It ought to be interesting.