By V. E. Schwab

You know when you’re so invested in a book series that when it ends, you feel like there’s a gaping hole in your soul where that book used to reside?  This book had that effect on me.  It’s a testament of love and dedication when you finish a series after reading about the same characters for years that you feel as though you can’t carry on reading anything else for days to give yourself time to mourn their loss.  In this last book, we’re down to the final showdown between the magicians and the Shadow King. Kell must make an impossible sacrifice to save the world; Lila sharpens her daggers in anticipation of the fight to come; and Rhy is conflicted about his newfound powers of immortality and his responsibility to the kingdom.  Where the previous book in the series focused on the Essen Tasch, (a magical tournament), this book swung right back into danger with the long-awaited introduction of the Shadow King from Black London.  This book had plenty of action, a nice change of scenery in the form of a ship, and some high stakes that left me unsure of where the plot would go and how the characters would get themselves out of this mess.  One of my favorite things about this last book was that we learned more about Holland and his past, which made my heart break.  Schwab wrapped this series up in the most perfect way; I honestly couldn’t think of any better way to end it, even when I was conflicted about the ending.  I can’t say enough good things about this series, so do yourself a favor and go read it!

You can find this book in our collection here.

You can read my reviews for A Darker Shade of Magic (Book 1) here and my review for A Gathering of Shadows (Book 2) here.

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