Title: Lord of Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series Status: 2nd book in the Dark Artifices Series
# of pages: 699
My rating: 4/5 stars
*Synopsis may contain spoilers from the first book and/or other series connected to it*
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.
Due to how emotional I am upon finishing this book this review may be shorter than usual, or longer who knows?
Clare’s Shadowhunter books have always been interesting and drawn me in but usually once I finish them the emotional connection is over. But with this series I am still thinking about everything that happened and dying because now I have to wait a whole year before the next book comes out! There was something about this book that was different than her other series and it made me love the books more and become more invested in the characters.
Starting with my favorite thing about this book: the diversity. I was surprised and excited as I began reading this and noticing more and more diversity that was added to this series. In the previous books we have had mild amounts of diversity but this book kicked it up and it was really great to see.
This book also had so much growth and depth that her previous series didn’t have. It took all of the characters and developed them to where you were so invested in them that it was hard not to be intrigued with everything that happened.
However, this created my only major flaw with the book. This book begin to feel like it had middle book syndrome where it was setting up relationships and plot lines that you know will be resolved in the finale instead of focusing on a major storyline. This was probably the only let down I had.
Overall this book was so emotional and full of diversity. I really enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone who’s a fan of her other books.