A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab

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Third and last novel in the Shades of Magic series (the trilogy begins with A darker shade of magic and continues with A Gathering of Shadows), A Conjuring of Light throws the reader in the full of the action, since the previous novel ended when things began to be interesting. Kell was kidnapped and brought to White London, Lila was going after him and Holland was under the force of black power.

In this novel the city that needs to be saved is Red London, Kell’s home, since the creature born in Black London aims in owing all the magic flowing in the Red city.

Holland, free from the control of the evil power, Kell and Lila, the three Antari, are the only people who seem able to own enough power to face the enemy, that is taking control of the city in the meanwhile.

I avoid further details, not to spoil the story, and I come to my opinion: A conjuring of light is a beautiful novel, fast paced and compelling: there are no boring moments, the characters face adventure in various settings, and the worldbuild and character design is very well done. During the story the author takes time also to develop the characters, that interacts coherently to the premises set till now. I particularly enjoyed the decision to talk a bit more of Holland’s past, since he has been a character mostly driven by events (and I still love Lila, so bold and ironic).

I feared during the whole book to be disappointed by the ending, but it was as good as the rest the novel. I think Shades of Magic is a great series and I suggest it to the lovers of the genre, (moreover the USA books have wonderful covers), as well as other novels by Victoria Shwab, original and engaging readings.


*A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab ★★★★★

*I read this book in english

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[ARC] Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn by Hugo Pratt

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Questo è il primo volume di una serie dedicata a Corto Maltese, noto personaggio ideato da Hugo Pratt.

Gli episodi, come nota anche il titolo, sono tutti ambientati nell’area di Bahia, e quindi vicino al punto di passaggio del tropico del Capricorno.

Corto Maltese vivrà numerose avventure aiutando alcuni personaggi (il professor Steiner, il giovane Tristan e sua sorella Morgana): aiuterà i ribelli e andrà anche alla ricerca di tesori con una vecchia conoscenza, Rasputin.

Ho sempre apprezzato le avventure di Corto Maltese (Una ballata del mare salato più di tutte), e anche questa non fa eccezione; la traduzione mi pare buona, il risultato è scorrevole e la storia chiara.

Ringrazio l’editore per avermi fornito la copia necessaria per stendere questa recensione.

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This is the first volume of a series about Corto Maltese, well-known character created by Hugo Pratt.

The episodes, as the title itself points out, are set in the Bahia area, near the Tropic of the Capricorn.

Corto Maltese is the protagonist of numerous adventures during which he helps various characters ( professor Steiner, Tristan and his sister Morgana) but also the rebels and he seeks for a lost treasure with an old acquaintance, Rasputin.

I always liked the story about Corto Maltese (the one I like the most is Ballad of the Salt Sea), and this is no different; the translation is good, the story is easy to follow and to understand.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me the copy necessary to write this review.

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Corto Maltese: Under the Sign of Capricorn by Hugo Pratt ★★★★