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Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on May 23rd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, 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.
I’ve been reading the Shadowhunter world for quite a few years now. I started with The Mortal Instruments when I was on an angel trope kick. Back then there were only the 3 original books in the series and the start of The Infernal Devices available. But I found an intricate world full of angels, demons, vampires, faeries, warlocks and werewolves and I was hooked. Since then the world has grown into many more books spanning many more series, some yet to come. I’ve seen a lot of people making jokes and complaining about it, in fact Goodreads is riddled with them. When I first heard about the multiple series to come, admittedly at the time I was a little disheartened as well. I mean there is only so much you can do in one world before it becomes too much, right? But with each new book Cassandra Clare publishes she proves everyone wrong.
Lord of Shadows is the 2nd book in The Dark Artifices series and I loved it just as much as its predecessors. This world continues to grow into this massive universe that sucks me in. The Dark Artifices series dives further into the faeries and their realms and I find it completely fascinating. I haven’t always been the biggest fan of the fae but my interest has been piqued as of late and only grew while reading this novel. Lord of Shadows starts to show the political direction the books are taking when we are introduced to a group that strongly oppose rights to Downworlders and are rallying to strip those in every way. I can’t help feeling many aspects involved almost mirror reality, which is quite scary to be honest. This also feels like a great lead into what I believe might be the plot points for the future The Wicked Powers series.
What I love the best about these books are the characters found within. Each character is unique and relatable and I find myself attached to them all in different ways. There is always a large cast of characters and to allow each of them moments to shine in a way that works well with the story is hard to do yet Clare does it remarkably. She has always been a huge supporter of diversity and you will find that continues in this installment. Of course nothing delights me more than the crossover appeal. We get to see so much history from the past books with guest appearance from a few favorites – Magnus, Alec, Jace, and Clary – and even some major feels with The Infernal Devices as our group travels to the London Institute. I love how connected they all are!
Emma and Julian’s forbidden romance has been a huge plot point that keeps me so entranced. I wasn’t sure what direction we would go in with how Lady Midnight ended but I was pleasantly surprised it went in the opposite direction of what I expected of a love triangle.
THE ENDING! I have no idea how I will survive the long wait (2 years?!) for the last book. The last few chapters are intense and left me heartbroken, in awe, and well just not sure how to feel except that Cassandra Clare is an evil, evil woman who must sit at her desk and cackle with wicked glee on publication day for what she does to her readers. This book is a monster in size, about 700 pages, and I hung on to every page. The pacing is on point for such a long book, keeping me thoroughly engaged from start to finish with action, suspense, and surprises around every corner, which is quite the feat for a slow reader like me. So keep on keeping on Ms. Clare. I know I’ll be continuing with this world as long as you write them because you have yet to disappoint me.