Title: Lord of Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices
Previous Book in the Series:
1. Lady Midnight
Date Started: May 26
Date Finished: June 9
Format: Hardcover from my shelf
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.
I chose the worst time to start reading this book, let me tell you. Usually a book like this will take me at most four days to read at work, especially if it is slow. But I started this book during the busiest time of year and there were days where I didn’t read anything. Because of that I’m hoping that’s why Lord of Shadows felt rather clunky. Otherwise, I loved this book to pieces. The drama was top notch. All the relationships that were formed (and broken) were beautifully well done and the story really progressed from book one.
I’m pretty sure Julian and Emma have replaced Jace and Clary in my top Shadowhunter ship, but that’s just because of how they love each other. Their constant back and forth was just drama inducing and kept me reading when I really should have been doing other things. Especially that one moment in Cornwall. *sigh* Speaking of, Jace and Clary though, I guess I kind of got an answer to that bonus scene that was in Lady Midnight. But I find that very curious. And of course, my favorite all time character in the Shadowhunter universe makes a sparkling appearance. Although, I’m not too sure I like where his story is going. Clare, please don’t hurt Magnus Bane. Pretty please?
Which leads me to that ending. HOLY SHIT. As I got closer to the end of Lord of Shadows I knew something had to go down, but I was not expecting that. I’m not even sure how Julian and the others are going to get over what happened at the end. But you know it’s going to be good, especially because the release of The Queen of Air and Darkness got pushed back to 2019. AGH.
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. I think this book was a good chunk of the reason I was able to get through the last few weeks at work. The writing was wonderful, even if it was a little long-winded at times. The characters continue to surprise me with their friendships and relationships and their true identities. I cannot wait until 2019 to see how this series ends.
Bookshelf worthy? I wish I could Portal between two places. Imagine all the bookshelf space!