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A Conjuring of Light is an adult fantasy book by V. E. Schwab. It is the third and final installment of the Shades of Magic trilogy.


Witness the fate of beloved heroes—and enemies.


The precarious equilibrium among four Londons has reached its breaking point. Once brimming with the red vivacity of magic, darkness casts a shadow over the Maresh Empire, leaving a space for another London to rise.


Kell—once assumed to be the last surviving Antari—begins to waver under the pressure of competing loyalties. And in the wake of tragedy, can Arnes survive?


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. Meanwhile, the disgraced Captain Alucard Emery of the Night Spire collects his crew, attempting a race against time to acquire the impossible.


And an ancient enemy returns to claim a crown while a fallen hero tries to save a world in decay.


Part I: World in Ruin[]

Part II: City in Shadow[]

Part III: Fall or Fight[]

Part IV: Weapons at Hand[]

Part V: Ash and Atonement[]

Part VI: Execution[]

Part VII: Setting Sail[]

Part VIII: Uncharted Waters[]

Part IX: Trouble[]

Part X: Blood and Binding[]

Part XI: Death at Sea[]

Part XII: Betrayal[]

Part XIII: A King's Place[]

Part XIV: Antari[]

Part XV: Anoshe[]


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Red London[]

Grey London[]

White London[]

  • Holland Vosijk — The Antari King of Makt. Osaron has currently taken over his body.
  • Osaron — The sentient magic which brought about Black London's fall and now tries to take over Red London.
  • Ojka — The messenger. Ojka is an "Antari," artificially created with Osaron's power.
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Collector's Edition[]

Main article: A Conjuring of Light (Collector's Edition)

On October 8, 2019, a special collector's edition of A Conjuring of Light was released.



Cover of the Illumicrate UK Exclusive edition.

  • In the original version of the rooftop scene, more than half the characters were killed.[1] This scene also used to be the original ending of A Gathering of Shadows.[2]
  • In February 2021, Illumicrate announced special editions of A Conjuring of Light and A Gathering of Shadows which matched with the special edition of A Darker Shade of Magic they released a year prior.[3][4]


  1. "This right here, this is where AGOS originally ended. And maybe you're thinking, okay, but this doesn't seem as cruel. You're wrong. Why? Because in the original version, I killed more than half the cast in this rooftop scene. That's what happens when you don't get enough sleep. People die. I was getting a master's degree at the time, and my editor called me up and told me to take a nap, a really long nap, and then redo it."
    (A Conjuring of Light — Kindle notes and highlights)
  2. "Okay, the ending seems harsh, I know, but I will tell you here what I've told readers at events everywhere. The original ending was worse. Trust me. Don't trust me? Then allow me to say that the original ending was about three chapters longer--or three chapters into ACOL, since it picks up right where this one leaves off, so you better go start that one right now.."
    (A Gathering of Shadows — Kindle notes and highlights)
  3. "We are thrilled to reveal our editions for the rest of Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab, matching the edition of A Darker Shade of Magic from our Illumicrate Collections box"
    (Illumicrate on Instagram)
  4. "A Gathering of Shadows & A Conjuring of Light set (exclusive editions pre-order)" — Illumicrate