Mini Reviews – Shades of Magic Series by V.E Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic (Book 1)

A wonderfully captivating read that takes place in a unique and complex world crafted with the upmost perfection and thought. There is no limits or bounds to Schwabs imagination as she successfully transports us to a world of chaos and magic. Schwab creates a cast of instantly love able characters who we have the pleasure of following on an adventure that is filled with those page turning moments of anticipation and suspense. Laia Bard’s wit, strong-minded mentality and habit of getting herself into trouble makes her an ideal protagonist for story as wildly exhilarating as this. Our second protagonist Kel, is one surrounded by an air of mystery and complexity, making him a character you can’t help but care about. His is blossoming relationship with Laia is one I’m eager to continue exploring as well as the secrets they both hide. Admittedly the world building was slightly overwhelming thanks to its intricate detailing but it wasn’t long till it became second nature and a style that I now adore.

A Gathering of Shadows (Book 2)

There aren’t enough words to describe how much I adore these characters and this series, each page is crafted to the uttermost perfection and is layered with a delicate narrative and magical moments that make it impossible to put down. Schwab’s imagination is unlimited and breathtaking, there is so much depth and detail to these characters and to this world, it truly feels like you’re right there with them. I adore Lila, and seeing her discover new things about herself and develop new (and existing) relationships was one of my favourite elements, alongside all the action and trouble she tended to find herself in! The addition of the tournament was the perfect opportunity to discover and explore of more of Schwab’s wonderfully unique world and the role in which magic plays within them. Brace yourself for a fantasy adventure like no other!

A Conjuring of Light (Book 3)

A fitting and intense conclusion to an incredibly captivating series that is filled with magical moments and an equally magical and inthralling narrative. So much happens in this book and I devoured every moment with a feverish enjoyment and treasured every character interaction. Lila’s hot-headed and fierce ability to find trouble at every turn makes her a force to be reckoned with, and then we have the mysterious and brave Kell who will do anything to protect the ones he loves. Together they create the perfect duo that us readers can’t help but adore. The battle scenes we witness are well paced and thoughtful, in the sense that Schwab has the ability to transport you right into the heart of the action rather than sitting on the sidelines spectating. It breaks my heart that this series is ending and I pray that this isn’t the last we see of Lila, Kell and the rest of their team.


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