Lord of Shadowsby Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices #2
Published on May 23, 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?
A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.
Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?
Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.
When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.
When I read Lady Midnight, I wasn’t exactly enthralled by it, but I wanted to know what happened next. So of course, when I picked up Lord of Shadows, my expectations weren’t very high…boy did this book surprise me! Lord of Shadows absolutely blew Lady Midnight out of the water! It was a veery large book, so there were points when I felt like it was taking forever, but even the parts that weren’t all action all the time were amazing. We got to see into so many of the characters hearts, and I love being able to know all the characters that well.
I think what bothered me so much about Lady Midnight was that it was aaall about Julian and Emma’s relationship with little snippets of other things here and there and I was just a little meh about that. However, with Lord of Shadows THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS HAPPENING. We get so much more from each character that it makes the story that much more interesting.
The relationship between Christina, Mark, and Kieran was definitely interesting. There was definitely a lot more focus on them than I expected, but it wasn’t bad. I’m unsure what will happen at this point between all of them, but I’m honestly fine with whatever happens because I love all of them so dang much! I just want them to be happy and free.
The friendship between Ty, Kit, and Livvy were my favorite. Every time those three were the focus my heart just swelled and I couldn’t put the book down. I’m really scared that with what happened in the end that the relationship between Kit and Ty is going to change drastically and I’m not sure which way it will go. I also really love the autism rep. I honestly love Ty so freaking much <333
I feel like Dru was kind of just a throw away character in this one…pretty much in the last one too. She was just kind of there and even though she had more page time, there wasn’t a lot we learned about her. All I really know is that she hates being told to take care of Tavvy and that she loves horror movies.
Everything that happened in this book was just getting us ready for that ending, but let me tell you, I was not freaking ready. I don’t even know what to expect from here! Like is Zara going to win? What about Annabel? The Unseelie King? How is it all going to end?? I’m scared…
My heart broke at the end of this installment and I can only imagine what other horrible things Clare is going to do to her readers. But I highly, highly recommend this series, even if you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices (though in my opinion you probably should read both series for all the small details to make even more sense). Lord of Shadows is definitely a masterpiece and I can’t wait to see where the next book is taken.