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A Conjuring of Light - last installment of the Shades of Magic series.

A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab My rating: 5 of 5 stars I loved the Shades of Magic saga. The world building was unique and made sense in the story. The characters are memorable, their positive and negative attributes. The magic system is coherent and well-matched for the world, and this author isn't afraid of love or death. Both were well portrayed. Thank you for sharing such a remarkable story! View all my reviews


It’s no wonder Mom couldn’t live with you. You always think you know everything, but you can’t learn common sense from a book. “They’re not crisis actors,” you, my younger brother, said. We sit in Mom’s living room, in the tiny house she bought after fleeing your home in Florida. I leaned forward and pounced. “Don’t you think it’s funny how they always show up after a school shooting?” Our brother Jerry nodded. He and his wife Karen, afraid of flying, came out by train from the East Coast for Mom’s 90 th birthday. Mom looked apprehensive though. When she lived with you, your brown-skinned wife, and liberal children, she was always outnumbered, but this is her house, not yours. Here she can speak her mind and eat pulled pork without you rolling your eyes. You regarded me dazed. That’s your natural state. I can never tell when you’re smoking pot. “You do know they’re all different people though?” you asked with characteristic snideness. “How do you know that?” I asked.