Witness the fate of beloved heroes and notorious foes in the heart-stopping conclusion to V.E. Schwab’s New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy.
As darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, the once precarious balance of power among the four Londons has reached its breaking point.
In the wake of tragedy, Kell–once assumed to be the last surviving Antari–begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. 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.
An ancient enemy returns to claim a city while a fallen hero tries to save a kingdom in decay. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.
I loved this series. What a stressy, bittersweet and yet awesome end!
This was a total ride. These books have one of the most interesting, creative and magical worlds ever. I can’t get over how creative it all was, I seriously can’t. I loved knowing about all the Londons and their differences. There was always something new, something exciting happening and this book, in particular, was a hell of a rollercoaster.
Often I read that ya fantasy nowadays is getting more merciful. That there’s not as many losses, not enough deaths, not enough bittersweetness. But this book had it all. I don’t like my dear awesome characters dying, but I do like when things happen to them obviously, that always makes them enter my heart more easily! I like the author to make me care for them, when things go wrong and when things go right; to make me scared for their fate; to make me both sad and happy, and this book did that all for me.
There were so many times I had my heart in my hands for so many characters! There’s a lot of characters in this book I love with all my heart, some more important than others, but all of them made me fall for them. I loved Lenos and how careful and quiet he was; I loved the queen, whom I loved to understand why she was how she is; I loved the king and his love for his country; I loved Rhy and Alucard and to see them grow; I loved Tieren and how he always had words of wisdom; I loved Calla and her magic tent; I loved Ned and how eccentric he was; I even learned to love Holland! There are just SO many amazing characters in here!
But the best of all have to be Lila and Kell. I loved them with all my heart. They are so different and yet so perfect for each other! Lila is the most awesome of thieves, she is just so… much? She has the biggest of hearts even tho she doesn’t show it, she is often careless, but she is also intelligent and “tricky”; she is strong in magic and in mind; she is just incredibly badass and impossible not to love! And Kell is just the sweetest of things, always worried for everyone, often misunderstood, loyal to no end, and extremely sweet and surprising. I didn’t know I would end up loving him so much, to be honest, but I sure did!
But not only the characters are great, the world building is amazing and I loved to see it change and change in this book! This is such a well written and thought-out story! I would definitely recommend it and I can’t wait to read more from the author!
Have you read this series yet? What’s your fav moment/character? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!