Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices #2
Also in this series: Lady Midnight
Published by Simon & Schuster on May 23rd 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction
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Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?
And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.
My Thoughts on Lord of Shadows
I found it hard to write out a simple plot snippet for you guys for Lord of Shadows, so I gave up. There was so much happening and so many elements to take in that I couldn’t quite put it all into words. So, for this book review, you’re just getting my thoughts on this, the second in The Dark Artifices series.
This book was a lot darker than many of the others in The Shadowhunter Chronicles. But somehow it made it all the better. There was something about Lord of Shadows that made it stand out among the others, and while I can’t quite put my finger on it, I’ll give it my best shot.
“Fiction is truth, even if it is not a fact. If you believe only in facts and forget stories, your brain will live, but your heart will die.”
The plot line of this book was excellent. I loved the twists and turns throughout the story, and the interweaving of multiple Institutes from The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. The fact that there were so many surprises hidden away, and mentions of other events throughout the Shadowhunter world…it was just done really well.
The parabati curse element is truly an intriguing one. If you cast your minds back to Lady Midnight, then the gist of it is: parabati can’t fall in love with each other because they’ll go mad and start becoming evil and killing people they love. Pretty serious stuff. So, of course, Emma and Julian, best friends and parabati, are very much in love, no matter how much they try and persuade themselves, each other and those around them that they’re not. It’s not going to end well, team. This will without a doubt be key in the next book; will Emma and Julian head their separate ways to dull the curse for a while, as Magnus and others try to figure out how to fix it, or will they break it the curse and consequently all.parabati.bonds.ever? This would be huge. This would mean Jace and Alec: broken. Clary and Simon: broken. Stress central.
Can I just say … that ending. Amiright?! While I want this to be spoiler free, this next sentence is a semi spoiler: someone dies. Not really a spoiler because I feel like someone dies in every Shadowhunter book. But I wasn’t really ready for it. I thought it was highly likely that someone wouldn’t make it through to the next book, and there was one point I thought it would be this person, but by the time it got to that scene the thought had left me so it was a shock. Well done, Cassie. You ripped my heart out.
The characters in The Dark Artifices have always captured my heart. I love Emma has a main character, and her spunk and humour is quite refreshing for a protagonist when we’ve had thought-she-was-a-Mundane Clary, and Victorian-London-Warlock Tess. Her love for Julian does make her do stupid things, but it’s very real-life of her.
The Blackthorns are an odd bunch. In my review for Lady Midnight I mentioned that I thought there were too many of them. I liked Mark for being their half-faerie brother, I was fine with Helen (Mark’s full sister) because she wasn’t in it, Julian was all good because he’s like the other main character, Livvy and Ty for being twins in a series where we haven’t had twins, and I can understand why they needed Tavvy, so there was a youngest child to get kidnapped and be the one they’re always looking after. But Drusila, the 6th Blackthorn, was always a little pointless to be. Don’t hate me, but I sort of wondered what the point of her was.
Dru is in Lord of Shadows a lot more than Lady Midnight, and while she does have a bigger role in the sub-plots of this book, I still don’t really know if I like her. Don’t hate me. I do feel, however, that she’ll be way more key to the next book, so I’m hoping she’ll grow on me then.
Moving quickly on before a mob of Dru-supporters come after me, let’s talk about Kit. I.Love.Kit. He’s an excellent character who is on the outsides of this Blackthorn family business, and who is new to the Shadowhunter life. He has so much growth in this book and it’s fantastic to see Clare excelling in this.
Also, I love Kit and Ty. Their friendship from the get-go was spot on. Kit’s understanding of Ty and his Autism is so much more accepting, encouraging and supportive than any of the others. Kit’s connections with the Mundane world make it easier for him to understand the things that Ty is going through, and I love that. Their friendship is so beautiful. Can’t wait to read their adventures in Clare’s next series, The Wicked Powers.
“There were valuable first editions of books in the enormous library, most of them had been scribbled in by some idiot named Will H.”
It was fun learning more about Mark’s love, Kieran, as well as Christina and her past. Diana, the Blackthorn’s (sort of) guardian, had some interesting character development, and I wonder if Clare had that particular aspect in mind (of which I won’t mention coz it’s big, guys) when she first began writing Diana. I also enjoyed the fact that characters we know and love from other Shadowhunter books were in it. Clary and Jace are in it for a while, with mentions of the wonderful Jem, Tess and Will, and a haunting from a certain character from The Infernal Devices. Even little mentions to others that we’ve known throughout the course of the chronicles.
Can I get a hell-yeah for Malec? So good to see that Alec and Magnus still happily rocking life together with their two adopted kids. Long live Malec.
Really enjoyed Lord of Shadows. Looking forward to the third and final book in The Dark Artifices series, The Queen of Air and Darkness, which won’t be released until 2019, according to Goodreads. Which is a long time to wait. *sigh*.
If you’ve read the other books in The Shadowhunter Chronicles, then The Dark Artifices is a must read. Make sure you start with Lady Midnight though.
Have you read Lord of Shadows? What did you think?