Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)
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.

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2) Details

TitleLord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 23rd, 2017
PublisherMargaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN-139781442468405
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2) Review

  • Emma Giordano
    January 1, 1970
    I said it before and I will say it again, The Dark Artifices is Cassandra Clare's most sophisticated work yet.(Heads up: my Goodreads review is spoiler free but hopefully later this week I'll be posting my spoiler-filled and probably way too long video review to my YouTube channel: youtube.com/emmmabooks) Lord of Shadows is the sequel we've all been waiting for. It has the same amount of high-intensity, beautifully constructed, and deep, yet comedic content we love to see from The Shadowhunt I said it before and I will say it again, The Dark Artifices is Cassandra Clare's most sophisticated work yet.(Heads up: my Goodreads review is spoiler free but hopefully later this week I'll be posting my spoiler-filled and probably way too long video review to my YouTube channel: youtube.com/emmmabooks) Lord of Shadows is the sequel we've all been waiting for. It has the same amount of high-intensity, beautifully constructed, and deep, yet comedic content we love to see from The Shadowhunter Chronicles . Lord of Shadows delves deeper into the Shadowhunter World than we've ever seen before. From the repercussions of the Cold Peace, the rising tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, to the nuclear bombs waiting to detonate between character relationships, everything about this series expands into a bigger and better tale than I could have anticipated. I had so many theories going into this book and while some were confirmed, some were *basically* correct, others were thoroughly off but the execution was much greater than anything I could have imagined. Anything I could have asked for was either delivered as I wanted, or something I didn't even know I wanted until it was given to me. I loved that we were able to get more perspective from a variety of other characters (Kit, Ty, Livvy, Dru, & Diana). While I feel every character in this series has grown from book one to two, it really was a pleasure to learn more about this specific set of characters and get to know them better. We do also get four cameos from TMI characters which I was TOTALLY satisfied with and happy to see. But I do specifically feel that Emma, Julian, Mark, and Cristina have done more maturing than most. I just feel that with all the burdens each of them carry, they begin to face them head-on, which made me very proud. I think any reader who loves the TDA characters will be impressed with the character development in the sequel!As per usual, the plot of the next installment of The Shadowhunter Chronicles is insane. I love how effortlessly the stories of TMI, TID, even a bit of TLH, and somethings I can allude to for TWP are implemented into the present series. I loved all of the different journeys our protagonists went on; From London, to Cornwall, to Faerieland, to Idris, there's so much adventure and excitement to love. Of course, within that comes all of the devastation which no one is prepared for, but still flawlessly written, nonetheless.As always, I have to applaud Cassie for continuing to grow and improve her craft. I truly believe every single book in The Shadowhunter Chronicles gets better and better as the story deepens. I'm particularly impressed because I saw risks with Lord of Shadows that weren't always taken in past books and I stand by all decisions made (yes, even each of the deaths!) I'm satisfied, elated, heart-broken, and blown away all in one.Of course, I'd highly recommend reading Lord of Shadows. I cannot wait for you all to experience this story!
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    Don't talk to me for like a week. In other news, I broke my promise again of not reading the book the day it comes out and in one sitting.------------------Why I always do this to myself?I always read the book the day they come out and in one sitting and I don't think about the consequences like how I have to wait another whole f*cking year again.This book is going to make me suffer. I know it. Like Clockwork Prince.I think I better wait until the last book comes out to read the whole series com Don't talk to me for like a week. In other news, I broke my promise again of not reading the book the day it comes out and in one sitting.------------------Why I always do this to myself?I always read the book the day they come out and in one sitting and I don't think about the consequences like how I have to wait another whole f*cking year again.This book is going to make me suffer. I know it. Like Clockwork Prince.I think I better wait until the last book comes out to read the whole series completely without suffering cliffhangers for a year again.
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  • Kat O'Keeffe
    January 1, 1970
    I can't remember the last time a book made my heart feel this empty and this full at the same time. Man, what a magnificent installment. The story here is so epic and sprawling, and the way it's told--especially the pacing, how the different story threads were woven together--it was just perfect. Not to mention that I love these characters so much it makes my heart ache. Waiting for the next book is already causing me pain and we've still got TWO WHOLE YEARS TO GO. GAH.
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  • Zoë
    January 1, 1970
    Excuse me, but WHAT JUST HAPPENED?
  • Clau R.
    January 1, 1970
    WHAT THE HELL. MY HEART. WHY CASSIE WHY.
  • ✨ jamieson ✨
    January 1, 1970
    yes, five months later my official review is here. I've finished screaming. I'm ready to talk Continue on for 25% memes, 50% why I love this book, 25% more screaming(there may be mild spoilers untagged like new character names but everything major will be tagged) “Everyone is afraid of something. We fear things because we value them. We fear losing people because we love them. We fear dying because we value being alive. Don't wish you didn't fear anything. All that would mean is that you didn't yes, five months later my official review is here. I've finished screaming. I'm ready to talk Continue on for 25% memes, 50% why I love this book, 25% more screaming(there may be mild spoilers untagged like new character names but everything major will be tagged) “Everyone is afraid of something. We fear things because we value them. We fear losing people because we love them. We fear dying because we value being alive. Don't wish you didn't fear anything. All that would mean is that you didn't feel anything.” by Oblivion's Dream on tumblr I ADORE this Emma art!I ..... I am shocked to be saying this but, THIS is my favourite Cassandra Clare series. I'm sorry Infernal Devices, IM SORRY. (but also not really this series is so good) Like, if you tear out the final pages of this book it's nearly perfect and Lady Midnight IS perfect. LORD OF SHADOWS IN GENERAL I don't think I loved lord of shadows as much as I loved Lady Midnight but I still really really enjoyed it. I absolutely adore the characters in this series, especially Emma, Julian, Cristina, Livvy, Kit and Ty so having them all back in Lord of Shadows was of course a highlight. I just love how COMPLEX these characters are. Every single one has so many dichotomies and intricacies that make them fascinating. I think in Julian, especially, that is showcased, but also in Mark, Cristina and Emma too. The way the plot moved from location to location, featuring the Faerie Realms, London, Alicante and LA was fun for me, I liked how the story moved around more then it did in Lady Midnight. There was also so many moments that left me genuinely shocked and I read this entire book at maximum speed because so much of it left me having to know what happens IMMEDIATELY. I know heaps of people find Cassandra Clare boring, but I personally find her books really addictive, and I want to know what happens straight away. You know the old 'take a peek at the end of the chapter because what the fuck is happening' trick? me in every chapter of her books. “Kit thought about Emma with her sword, Emma saving his life, Emma hugging Cristina and looking at Julian like he hung the moon” Lord of Shadows feels much more mature then Lady Midnight and I think that is a real strength of this book. Lord of Shadows definitely critically examined the world we live in today through the lens of the shadow world, and much of the discussion and plot point was very on-point for current events. That did show a maturity in Cassandra Clare's writing, and I do definitely think this is her most political and developed book (and series). Representation was also fairly good for a Cassandra Clare book. Mark and Kieran are bisexual, Diana is a black transwoman, Cristina, Jaimie and Diego are all Mexican. Ty is autistic and heavily implied to be gay, and Kit is heavily implied to be bisexual. Dru is fat. Aline (gay, chinese), Helen (bisexual) and Jem (chinese), Alec (gay) and Magnus (biracial and bisexual) also appear but are only in it for a very short time. I DID HAVE SOME ISSUES WITH BISEXUAL REPRESENTATION WHICH YOU CAN READ ON MY TWITTER THREADI didn't like Lord of Shadows as much as Lady Midnight because of some of the characters and the plot points and I'll get into that below. But it's still such a fucking solid book I really loved reading it. CHARACTERSEMMA: Honestly, y'all who hate Emma can get off my fucking lawn I love her SO MUCH. She's brave, smart, loyal, loving, protective, caring. She cares so much about the Blackthorns and her parents and she wants to be loved back so much in return, and I just really need her to be happy and okay. I love her strength and resilience so much. She's definitely my favourite character I love her. (view spoiler)[ALSO SHE DESTROYED THE MORTAL SWORD !!?? SHE KILLED A FAERIE RIDER !! DOES SHE GIVE 1 MOTHER FUCK ??? SHE DOES NOT !!!!! WE LOVE A LEGEND !!! (hide spoiler)]JULIAN: HE SCARES ME BUT I LOVE HIM. He's so soft with the kids even though he's NOT SOFT IN GENERAL and his character is really interesting because there is this dichotomy between the soft, loving parent he is for the kids, and then the hard, callous shadowhunter he has the potential to be and often exhibits. I'm really, really excited to see where his character arc is taken in Queen of Air and Darkness because the ending of LOS has left him in a position to swing in an extreme direction. JULIAN JUST LOVES THOSE KIDS SO MUCH AND HAS DONE SO MUCH FOR THEM AND LOVES THEM SO MUCH AND IT MAKES ME EMO. !!!! MARK: I have to admit... I don't love Mark as much as everyone else but he's okay. I was really wanting to see some good character growth from him but ... I'm a little iffy on him. This I'm gonna get into. CRISTINA: Cristina is such a GREAT CHARACTER. I love her relationship with Emma and her growth as a character and how she's become part of the family. I liked the exploration of her past with Jaimie and Diego. BUT, I found her plotline with Mark/Kieran really annoying. KIT, TY AND LIVVY: I absolutely loved this trio. They definitely added a new dynamic that wasn't there in Lady Midnight. Each is such a fun character, though Kit was my favourite because I loved his humour, and how his mundane culture clashed with the shadowhunter culture in both positive and negative ways. (view spoiler)[ The scene with Kit talking about autism with Julian re: Ty was one of my favourite scenes. I DON'T WANNA TALK ABOUT LIVVY BECAUSE IM UPSET AND NOT OKAY WITH IT (hide spoiler)]DRU: Dru is a character I really want to like, and can really see myself liking in the future, but I found her arc a little awkward and boring. I did like her arc concerning her self-image and her role amongst the blackthorns, and I'm excited to see more from her in The Wicked PowersZARA DEARBOTH: god .... (view spoiler)[ I HATE HER SOOO MUCH. HERE IS A SUMMARY OF ME EVERYTIME SHE SPOKEWHEN SHE CALLED EMMA A SLUTEVERYTIME SHE SAID SOMETHING RACIST (hide spoiler)] ROMANCE Right, the main issue I had with Lord of Shadows was the oversaturation of romance and make out scenes. WE GET IT, EVERYONE IS SUPER HOT.Lets start with Kieran ....... His relationship with Mark is Unhealthy And Needs To Be Discontinued Immediately - forgetting what you did doesn't excuse what you did- sending ...... someone ...... dreams ................... it wasn't .... cute- remember when he manipulated Mark many many times- like not... spill the tea. but.... people need to shot shipping them just because they're two hot guys because Kierat really isn't a NICE GUY- im saltyThe drama with Kieran/Mark/Cristina was ANNOYING, it was annoying. And literally all the "I looked at him and immediately had to make out with him" IM EXHAUSTED. No one has this much sexual chemistry and tension in real life nO ONEEmma and Jules are NOT free of this because they were also bad, though I don't think they are AS BAD but fgfj still STOP KISSING AND START SOLVING YOUR MANY ABUNDANT ISSUES. There was so many make out steamy scenes I actually got bored of steamy make out scenes. Kitty and Kitliv is excused from this mess they are all Pure. by Oblivion's Dream on tumblr PLOT I found the first 100 pages kind of underwhelming not gonna lie. But after that it got way way better. Enjoyed the Mark/Emma dynamic, and their genuine friendship that came from it. Really liked the trip into Faerie, and what we saw from Julian and Emma there. LOVED the scenes in London, and all the references to the TID characters, as well as the appearance of tmi/tid characters. Was super cool to see Magnus and Alec as dads. MY TOP 5 SCENES(view spoiler)[1: The fight scene with the Faeries outside the London institute and then at the cabin. The action sequence was amazing and there was so much genuine tension I really thought everyone was gonna die2: The entire fight scene at the Unseelie court. Loved the vulnerable side of Emma we saw unmasking her "dad" and also the vicious side we saw from Julian. 3: Jules and Emma's talk after the fight. I thought it was a scene of such good character development and really needed. Their relationship is great I really love it and I think they're good together. 4: Kit in general. Loved him talking to Ty, especially when they talked about Livvy. Loved his discussion with Jules about Ty, and also loved his list of shadowhunter problems jgfhjf5: Ty's letter to Annabel was amazing, and not just the letter itself but how much it meant to Julian to read that and know how much those kids fucking love him. (hide spoiler)] “Sometimes the most ruthless heart speaks the most truth” Lord of Shadows is an absolute monster of a book, and there is so much to talk about. This small review barely even covers the surface of my feelings about this book. I truly adore all the characters so much, I have so much genuine concern over their happiness. The plot really picked up and I am DYING for Queen of Air and Darkness. I can't believe we have to wait until 2019. (view spoiler)[I AM READY FOR ANTI-HERO JULIAN TO RISE (hide spoiler)]There is so much going on in these books, and so many little arcs that accompany the larger one, but the books are so fun and definitely Cassandra's strongest works character, plot and writing wise. I have always been willing to criticise her work, but I do think she worked on some of those criticisms in this series. Its much, much stronger then tmi AND tid in my opinion. I AM NOT OKAY WITH THE ENDING. I don't think it's possible to be okay with that ending. (view spoiler)[ LIVGBBHD LIVVY GOT TO GO TO HEAVENT GTGEHT TTHE CLOCK CHIMIMED IT CHIMED gfjhk JULIAN CRYING OVER HER DEAD BODY I WASN'T OKAY I WASN'T READY I CAN'T BREATHE JUST THINKING ABOUT IT HE LOVED HER SO MUCH LET HER BE GHDJH (hide spoiler)] "Julian! Julian! Carry me .... " by Oblivion's Dream on tumblrSOME MEMES TO LIGTEN THE FUCKING MOOD(view spoiler)[me walking into the bookstore to buy this book the literal second the shop opened When they mentioned Will Herondale and Will/Jem as kids and Lucie and James and basically anything to do with tidme finishing it and having to watch livvy die[image error]me everytime kierat whined me when emma killed a rider then proceeded to burn down a stone churchWHEN EMMA DESTROYED THE MORTAL SWORD, AN INSTRUMENT GIVEN TO JONATHON SHADOWHUNTER BY THE ANGEL RAZIELWhen Zara got roasted in front of the entire clave Ty when someone asks him to chill about Kit. Also Emma convincing Robert to let her go to Mexico WHEN ALINE AND HELEN GOT TO COME BACK AND THE BLACKTHORNS WERE SO EXCITED AND GAVE THEM A MILLION HUGS (hide spoiler)]my lord of shadows playlist is literally all thats getting me through these emotions4.5* bumped to 5hey @cassandraclare I will literally give u anything you want for queen of air and darkness
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  • Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
    January 1, 1970
    My reaction after finishing Lady Midnight My reaction after finishing Lord of ShadowsI've had it with love triangles! I'm usually up for them as long as my ship prevails in the end ;) but man did Cassie complicate things for every possible pairing in this book. Emma/Julian/Mark - I thought this triangle wasn't so bad after I was done with Lady Midnight cause I knew Emma and Julian couldn't be romantically involved but Cassie effed things up with E&J always finding ways to hold each other and My reaction after finishing Lady Midnight My reaction after finishing Lord of ShadowsI've had it with love triangles! I'm usually up for them as long as my ship prevails in the end ;) but man did Cassie complicate things for every possible pairing in this book. Emma/Julian/Mark - I thought this triangle wasn't so bad after I was done with Lady Midnight cause I knew Emma and Julian couldn't be romantically involved but Cassie effed things up with E&J always finding ways to hold each other and kiss. It was like saying you hate your ex and then getting back together the next day. Kieran/Mark/Christina/Diego - this triangle was the weirdest of them all cause I had a feeling like they wouldn't mind a 3way (minus Diego who's cancelled)Livvy/Kit/Ty - erm... Is Cassie setting up Kit and Ty for a parabatai bond? Or are they going to date? I'm still not sure. I'm very much looking forward to witnessing the parabatai ceremony since I have no idea how that actually happens. Note: I've only read the first 4 TMI books, not the full series. I actually found out in LoS Clary and Simon are parabatai. Now I'm like 0_o TID>TMI Triangle drama overshadowed everything else and I ended up disappointed cause Clare went for cheap tricks and chaos. Tsk, tsk! And to think this book is over 700 pages long.
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  • Cait • A Page with a View
    January 1, 1970
    These books seriously just keep getting better and better. The writing has improved SO much and the characters here are my absolute favorites. And... I cannot believe I'm saying this, but I actually liked Jace and Clary.But just like with Lady Midnight, I was more into the actual characters than whatever the larger plot arc was. I guess I don't care that much about Malcom, Annabel, the book, the Shadow Lord, or most of that drama. Pretty sure anything (or nothing) could be happening and I'd be j These books seriously just keep getting better and better. The writing has improved SO much and the characters here are my absolute favorites. And... I cannot believe I'm saying this, but I actually liked Jace and Clary.But just like with Lady Midnight, I was more into the actual characters than whatever the larger plot arc was. I guess I don't care that much about Malcom, Annabel, the book, the Shadow Lord, or most of that drama. Pretty sure anything (or nothing) could be happening and I'd be just as entertained because THESE PRECIOUS CHARACTERS are all so wonderful and I adore them so much. Cassandra Clare really is the queen of love triangles and forbidden romance, though (which hasn't always worked for me in the past). And even if the angst did get a bit excessive at times, I still rolled my eyes affectionately instead of in any sort of annoyance... because I actually CARE about everyone. Ughhh that ending wrecked me. I don't want to get into any of the plot or spoil anything, so I'll just say it was really fun to see Faerie, London, familiar old faces, and get to know the current characters better. One of them turns out to be transgender and I thought it was handled really well (but will defer to others who can say whether that's the case). I just love how much wonderful rep these stories have!I really do love every single character, but Ty is seriously one of my all-time favorites from any book. I'm still so thrilled to see such a caring, badass, complex kid who happens to be autistic. It's not his whole personality, nor is it something the story tries to shy away from or handle any differently. It's approached so matter-of-factly that I just want to hug the book. And Kit's relationship with Ty is amazing... I ship them as friends or a couple or whatever. I don't care. I just love them together so much. And I know I'm not spending time here gushing over Emma & Julian or Mark & Cristina & Kieran but the feels are still there. I also really admired how the plot managed to weave in obvious parallels for current social issues in a way that felt authentic instead of like some message beating you over the head. There's a fascist Cohort faction of the council that supports the Downworlder registry, believes they speak for a silent majority, and "seek to return the Clave to a lost golden age. A time that never was, when Downworlders knew their place and Nephilim ruled in harmony. In truth, the past was a violent time, when Downworlders suffered and those Nephilim who possessed compassion and empathy were tormented and punished along with them.""When a decision like [the Cold Peace] is made by a government, it emboldens those who are already prejudiced to speak their deepest thoughts of hate. They assume they are simply brave enough to say what everyone really thinks." So that was one of the stronger parts of the plot. And I also love how much mythology and clever references are woven into these stories. Even the totally unintentional ones... like the Mirror of Galadriel scene. Ha. But for real, I had a lot of fun with this book and just wish we didn't have to wait so long for the next one!
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  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    January 1, 1970
    When it comes to Lord of Shadows I really don't even know where to start! I loved the book! I loved it so much I found myself rereading certain passages just because I couldn't help myself but had to experience them again and again. =)Cassie has always been one of my favourite authors and the more I read from her, the more I get captured in her world. It’s not just the world of the Shadowhunters though, it’s the entire package Cassandra Clare is giving to us. There were so many details and thi When it comes to Lord of Shadows I really don't even know where to start! I loved the book! I loved it so much I found myself rereading certain passages just because I couldn't help myself but had to experience them again and again. =)Cassie has always been one of my favourite authors and the more I read from her, the more I get captured in her world. It’s not just the world of the Shadowhunters though, it’s the entire package Cassandra Clare is giving to us. There were so many details and things I loved about this book and even though I will never have the time to list them all, I’m still going to try to write a proper review. First of all I have to say that I love the world Cassandra Clare has built and even though it sometimes seems to be more than just cruel (“Sed lex dura lex”) it never fails to captivate me. Well, truth be told most of the time it’s even this kind of harshness that makes it so interesting, the obstacles and problems every single one of the Blackthorns has to overcome making the entire story line even more intoxicating and exciting. Thinking about it in retrospective the plot isn’t even that amazing and if I had to pinpoint why I still loved every line of the book, I would say that it’s the details and the love I found in every single word. If you don’t like spoilers you should stop to read now, if you’re a sucker for spoilers: please feel free to continue! ;-P Love, I think that’s actually the word that sums it up. There is love everywhere and all of the characters have plenty of it to give. There are Julian and Emma who try to fight their feelings, there are Ty and Kit who slowly but steadily seem to fall in love and there is the love triangle between Mark, Kieran and Cristina that left me almost breathless and broken. God I can’t even say how much I loved all of those relationships! I had to laugh, I had to cry, I wanted to tear the book apart and throw it against a wall. The ending literally killed me and even though I finished the book about a month ago I’m still far from being over it. Cassie how dare you to make such an ending!?!? I can’t wait to read the next book and the mere thought to wait two years is already enough to leave me in anguish! How could you do this to your follow readers?!?!?! Well, enough of the ranting and back to the good stuff! Relationships are definitely something Cassandra Clare truly excels at and the more I read from her, the better her books seem to become. It’s obvious that she put a lot of effort into her characters and their world and the little hints at some of the other books never cease to amuse me. “There were valuable first editions of books in the enormous library, most of them had been scribbled in by some idiot named Will H.”Just to mention one of them. ;-PSo yes, since I liked the love relationships the most I’m going to get into detail now:Emma & Julian:I adore Julian, I really do! He has the soul of an artist and he’s so complex that I can’t help but have to love him for it. I never met another character that was so driven by his love for his family, the fact he would do everything in order to protect his loved ones something that sometimes even gave me the chills. He is neither black nor white and his love for Emma only seems to emphasise his inner conflict. The tension between those two is almost tangible in the air and whenever I read about them I was reduced to a squealing fan girl. I really hope that they manage to find a way to break their parabatai bond and I don’t even want think about what will happen now that Livvy died… “Why all these paintings of you? Because I'm an artist, Emma. These pictures are my heart. And if my heart was a canvas, every square inch of it would be painted over with you.” – Julian BlackthornTy and Kit: I love, love, love and love those two!! Every time they interacted I had a smile on my face and felt oddly peaceful. Ty is such a gentle boy and Kit understands him so well. It’s so obvious that the two of them care about each other deeply and even though Cassie is careful never to give us a palpable proof of their love, I was still able to read it in every single line. I liked all the parts that were from Kit’s POV and since he’s a Herondale I automatically loved him! *lol* I really hope there is going to be more of those two in the next book and I can’t even say how much I ship them! =) “He let the shirt fall and grabbed a Tupperware container of cookies out of the fridge. Maybe he could frustrate the Shadowhunters by refusing to work out and sitting around eating carbs. I defy you, Shadowhunters, he thought, thumbing the top off the container and popping a cookie in his mouth. I mock you with my sugar cravings.” – Kit Herondale“He grinned, and the grin changed his face completely. Ty when he was still and expressionless had an intensity that fascinated Kit; when he was smiling, he was extraordinary.” Kit about TyMark/Cristina and Kieran: Oh my god! I don’t even know how I should put their love triangle into words! I guess first of all I have to say that I’m usually no fan of love triangles and don’t like them because they always seem to be so cheesy and tedious. This time however I wanted them to be together so badly that it almost hurt! XD I can understand why Christina is kind of falling for both of them and even though I initially shipped Mark and Kieran in LM I have to admit that I’m all on the new ship right now! Of all the three of them I somehow loved Kieran the most and therefore truly hope that Mark will be able to forgive him for what he’s done. Since Kieran was taken to the Scholomance at the end of the book I don’t know how their love triangle is going to work out, I certainly hope that I will read a lot of them in the next book though!!! XD“I do not love you as I love Cristina. I love you as I love you,” said Mark. He bent his head. “I wish that you could see my heart. Then you would understand.”I probably could go on and on about all the other awesome couples and their relationships! Dru’s friendship with Jaime, Diana and Gwyn (I loved how Gwyn reacted to her outing!!!), Jace and Clary, Alec and Magnus, they all were so awesome! For the sake of the poor person that actually decided to read through this review I’m going to end it now though! ;-PAll told I relished and loved every single moment of this book and I really, really, really would appreciate it if Cassandra Clare would write just a little bit faster! *LOL*
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  • Beatrice (beatriceinbookland)
    January 1, 1970
    "I thought you loved me. I don't know how I got that so wrong."- Julian @ Emmabut also- Me @ Cassandra Clare after that ending WHY CASSANDRA WHYYYYYYY "I thought you loved me. I don't know how I got that so wrong."- Julian @ Emmabut also- ↋Me @ Cassandra Clare after that ending WHY CASSANDRA WHYYYYYYY
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  • Jiana
    January 1, 1970
    Someone :) just :) kill :) me :) and :) end :) my :) pain :)I can't deal with this hell I'm living in right now. Someone hold me. Then kill me. Please.SERIOUSLY CASSIE CLARE, SERIOUSLY? Stabbing me in the heart would've hurt less. How dare you. How. dare. you. I want to punch you. But you're also my queen??? BUT I WANT TO PUNCH YOU SO HARD FOR DOING THIS TO ME. And now, I have to :) wait :) two :) years :) for :) the :) final :) book :)___5/19/2017: Not long now till this beauty is released!!!!I Someone :) just :) kill :) me :) and :) end :) my :) pain :)I can't deal with this hell I'm living in right now. Someone hold me. Then kill me. Please.SERIOUSLY CASSIE CLARE, SERIOUSLY? Stabbing me in the heart would've hurt less. How dare you. How. dare. you. I want to punch you. But you're also my queen??? BUT I WANT TO PUNCH YOU SO HARD FOR DOING THIS TO ME. And now, I have to :) wait :) two :) years :) for :) the :) final :) book :)___5/19/2017: Not long now till this beauty is released!!!!I'M SO EXCITED I MIGHT FAINT.
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  • Katerina
    January 1, 1970
    “Break my heart. Break it in pieces. I give you permission.” I don't recall giving my permission though. I don't recall allowing Cassandra Clare to wreck havoc on my soul and stomp on its pieces before scattering them to the wind. But she did it anyway. “A dark time is coming for Shadowhunters. A terrible time. Their power will be crushed, their might thrown down into the dirt, and their blood will run like water through the riverbeds of the world.” Blood, ashes and despair. That's the per “Break my heart. Break it in pieces. I give you permission.” I don't recall giving my permission though. I don't recall allowing Cassandra Clare to wreck havoc on my soul and stomp on its pieces before scattering them to the wind. But she did it anyway. “A dark time is coming for Shadowhunters. A terrible time. Their power will be crushed, their might thrown down into the dirt, and their blood will run like water through the riverbeds of the world.” Blood, ashes and despair. That's the perfect way to describe Lord of Shadows, with its somber ambience and the unease that keeps creeping up from the pages and sinking into your pores. A war is coming. A war more devastating than ever, since the numbers of the Shadowhunters are alarmingly low and they're torn by inner disputes. There is a rising faction that wishes to strip Downworlders of their rights. To treat them like animals. There is a dangerous book of dark, unholy magic that can unravel the world of the Angel's descendants. There is the Unseelie King who wishes to unite the fairie and destroy everything that stands in his way. A girl raised from the dead, with betrayal in her heart and huge distrust towards the people she can call family. The Blackthorns. It all leads back to them and their allies. Relationships are tested. Unlikely friendships blossom. And two parabatai who love each other more than they should, with a love that threatens to tear their family apart. Can some sacred bonds be broken? “There is truth in stories,” said Arthur. “There is truth in one of your paintings, boy or in a sunset or a couplet from Homer. 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.” There is always something mystical in the way Cassandra Clare writes. While her writing skills keep improving, the essence of her novels remains the same. In Lord of Shadows, she weaves a story of yearning, passion, bitterness, anger and desire. Desire painted with fevered touches and swollen lips and cheekbones illuminated by moonlight and hearts clenching with unspoken feelings. Her descriptions are lavish, her battle scenes intense, and her characters gloriously flawed. From the land of Fairie and unhallowed churches to Idris and the London Institute that sparked a strong pang of nostalgia she whispered stories of cursed love, of injustice and bloodshed and fanatism. And she triumphantly proved that Arthur Blackthorn could not be wiser: despite the pain and the hopelessness, without fiction our hearts would be dead. “Those who cannot love do not understand it.” When it comes to Emma Carstairs, Lord of Shadows could easily be renamed into Lady of Bad Decisions. Yes I do admire her fierceness and her strong spirit, her compassion and her sassiness, but by the Angel I lost count of the times she hurt Julian "for his own good", when she thought she was self-sacrificing and noble but then mourned her relationship with him when she was the one who broke it. Who broke him. And don't get me started on all those moments when she acted before thinking and ended up endangering everyone close to her. And Julian, well, he also troubled me, especially because he scared me. He was ruthless and cunning for the sake of his family, I can't blame him for that (in fact I love him for that) but if he proceeds with his plan to do you-know-what, I will never forgive him. All this scheming ended up bringing sorrow and huge, fat tears that have not dried yet. “There were valuable first editions of books in the enormous library, most of them had been scribbled in by some idiot named Will H.” All those references to Will and the Infernal Devices (scones! Jessamine! the Lightwood mansion - I was almost certain the Demon Pox song would make an appearance) were a sweet torture, tiny daggers piercing my heart but also mending it because I somehow felt closer to Will, my favorite character of the Shadowhunters universe. Kit, Livvy, Ty, I loved their scenes and crime-solving attempts, they were such an endearing and bizarre threesome! And speaking of bizarre threesomes, I don't know what to make of the Mark/Cristina/Kieran situation. So many tangled emotions that felt right, despite their oddity, I'm still not certain what I want for them, only more scenes, with unexpected tenderness and craving. “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” The wound the ending inflicted though will not be easy to heal, nor does it feel like a source of light. More likely a source of infinite pain. It was cruel, unfair, and absolutely devastating. No dates slaying frost giants, not even Raziel himself dancing salsa will be able to make amends, my dear Cassandra. I'm off to deal with everything the only way I know.You can find this review and more at BookNest.eu!
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  • C.G. Drews
    January 1, 1970
    ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT LORD OF SHADOWS IS SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO GOOD. I thought I'd start off the review with like a really emotionally charged sentence of passionate and triumph but ya know what? I CNA'T WRITE THIS REVIEW. I CAN'T. I AM A BROKEN PIECE OF RUIN.Lady MidnightIT WAS SO SO SO GOOD.*wild sobbing* NOTE: There will be no spoilers for LoS in this review! Or they'll be tagged! Do not fret! However there will be mild spoilers for Lady Midnight, so loooook away now. Ye have been wa ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT LORD OF SHADOWS IS SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO GOOD. I thought I'd start off the review with like a really emotionally charged sentence of passionate and triumph but ya know what? I CNA'T WRITE THIS REVIEW. I CAN'T. I AM A BROKEN PIECE OF RUIN.Lady MidnightIT WAS SO SO SO GOOD.*wild sobbing* NOTE: There will be no spoilers for LoS in this review! Or they'll be tagged! Do not fret! However there will be mild spoilers for Lady Midnight, so loooook away now. Ye have been warned.+ I AM ABSOLUTELY DYING. IT WAS JUST THAT GOOD.I'm absolute Shadowhunter trash, fyi, in case it was hard to tell. So every book is basically perfection, but I think the Lady Midnight series has just taken it up a notch. I can't eeeeeven with how beautiful and diverse and thoughtful and poignant it all is. The humour is A+ and I snort laugh so hard my dog gets offended and leaves the room. And some of the lines just make my heart melt with how perfect they are. It's like the Shadowhunter world understands so so much??? Like what it is to be different. Or struggling. Or lost someone. Or confused. Or filled with so much love it hurts. I JUST. CAN'T. EVEN. IT'S JSUT THAT GOOD.+ As far as sequels goes? This was immense perfection.No second book blues here!! I mean, actually yes. But the only thing that is blue is ME. In the FACE. From SCREAMING.I do think it had a bit of a slow lagging bit around 70% but when the characters are people I 10000% adore, I didn't even mind??!??? Give me all the lowkey scenes as well as the action ones.+ Plot? DUH YOU KNOW I LOVE IT.I can't even with how many subplots that fit in allllll together. Like how on EARTH Are there so many Shadowhunter books but everything fits and works and foreshadows (HAR HAR I'M PUNNY) so beautifully and tightly?!?My favourite plot aspect was soooo totally the Faeries. I LOVE THE FREAKING FAERIES. They're deliciously evil and terrifying and basically my favourite versions of faeries I've read. Also the description for their culture and looks and everything is amazing. A sky full of jewels? Like sure, just let my heart gallop out of my chest for appreciation for the description.+ And I will NEVER stop cheering with appreciation for the Autism rep!!Peoples, it is not only thoughtful and complex, it is so so accurate. SO SO ACCURATE. Ty is so precious and I just love how carefully Cassandra Clare weaves in how different his brain is wired and his habits and tics. It's perfect. Also when Kit appears and is like "Oh Ty's Autistic" and Julian is like "say what" is so precious. <3 It just is the BEST how Julian will do anything for Ty and will help him any way he needs and will not hesitate to get more information, even if it's "Mundane" information and he's technically not supposed to have it. AFJDKSAFLDFJK.Also Ty's interest in Sherlock is the best.+ Okay so let's talk about the characters?!? WHAT WE'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR.I'm just gonna flail. For 900000 years. Let's be real here:• Julian: is so so Slytherin in this book it's kind of scary and I love it. • Emma: I think she has some secret badass magic powers that no one knows about yet?!? I suspect. And I actually appreciated how the book wasn't JUST focused on them so much this time too. And Emma's sass and sarcasm levels GIVE ME LIFE.• Mark: MARK IS MY PRECIOUS CHILD AND MY FAVOURITE AND MARK MARK MARK HE IS THE REASON I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH MY ULTIMATE FAVOURITE CHARACTER NO I WILL NOT USE PUNCTUATION I WILL JUST SHOUT HOW MUCH I LOVE MARK. Although I aggressively ship him na Kieran. Just saying.• Kieran: Who is a Slytherin also and I love him and I know he's messed up and viciously faerie and all that but HE'S PRECIOUS AND I LOVE HIS HAIR.• Cristina: I like her! She's sweet and kind ... but she's really really perfectly sweet and kind. So kinda boring. • Ty: I mean OBVIOUSLY you know I love Ty and his ASD rep is spot on. I also love how he and Livvy got to have more action scenes. Because remember how Clary and Jace were ONLY 15 TOO when they destroyed the world?! Let the babies out!!• Livvy: I do wish she had more time on the page doing stuff. She's so sweet and protective of Ty but I don't erally know her personality?• Dru: same with Dru. IDK. • Kit: OKAY MR. CHRISTOPHER HERONDALE IS MY FAVOURITE. He is soooo a mini-Jace! He's also a huge thief, adorable, hugely sarcastic, loves to get into a fight if needed, and super sweetly lovely to Ty. And just the fact that he does his best to cater to Ty's needs and be there for him is just afkdlsafdjkl. #ship • Magnus: is here in a burst of glitter and narcissism and I love him. Also love how Alec and the kids are in here! Also love that one of his baby's is blue and therefore probably also the child of Lazlo Strange. Excuse me.• Zara: I wish to would fall off a cliff.• Perfect Diego: he can join Zara on the cliff.•Annabel: Is terrifying, dead, and excellent. <3 She has such severe PTSD and I kind of hate her but also think she needs to be protected. • Arthur: Why (view spoiler)[killing him off was like not even interesting...it was like "oh well". (hide spoiler)]• Diana: I LOVED finding out Diana's backstory! Although lowkey think her romance with Gwyn was kind of boring/distracting from MY PRECIOUS BLACKTHORN BOYS.....yeah, um, okay I'll stop gushing over characters. If you insist.+ ROMANCE.Okay so obviously Julian x Emma are an AMAZING ship of angst. And I appreciate that their level of angst didn't swallow the book. I hate hate hate the love triangle with Mark x Kieran x Cristina. Mostly because i FREAKING LOVE MARK X KIEREN and Cristina is boring. I also think Cristina only likes Mark because he's a fearie and she's obsessed with faeries?!? So that's not fair?!? I'm soooo glad Kieran features more in this one.+ Cliffhanger?? Haha...you didn't want...to be calm...ever again...did you.JFAKDLFAJDSKLJ AKLFSJDAKL JFKDASL THE CLIFFHANGER AJDKFLASDJFAKLDJ.WHY ARE WE NOT GETTING THE 3RD BOOK FOR 2 YEARS WHAT IS THIS MADNESS. WHATEVER DID WE DO TO DESERVE THIS.+ SPOILERS ABOUT THE ENDING:(view spoiler)[Omgggggg. Okay so I was spoiled and heard there was a "big death". I hoped it was going to be Emma. HA. I'm sorry! I just think that would've made book 3 super interesting. However, it was Livvy and like I'm really sad about it, but she did feel like a dispensable character. (Sorry. #heartless #vulcan #here) I'm reaaally scared this is going to destroy Ty in the next book. 0_0 OKAY I KNOW IT WILL.Also I 100% predict that Julian is going to use the Book of the Dead to raise her!! AND HE'LL DESTROY THE WORLD FOR IT. AFJDKSLAFD JULIAN NO. But he is such a Slytherin and will literally drug his uncle, outwit the clave, and do anything for his siblings. Would he kill for them? Ya. I PrEDICT.Also freaking out with worry over Magnus?!? WHY IS HE SICK.I'm so so so destroyed over that ending though ghahghhghghgh. It was such a cliffhanger. I hope Perfect Diego hasn't kidnapped Kieran to kill him. I hope hope hope Mark is ok. I hope hope hope hope THIS SERIES ENDS RIGHT. YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE HOW DISTRAUGHT I AM. I LITERALLY DID NOT SLEEP ALL NIGHT BECAUSE I WAS OBSESSING OVER IT. (hide spoiler)] + Perfect book is perfect.There is no other word for it.Help.I am so wildly in love with this series.***** QUOTES *****Mark had a smile that could break your heart. It seemed to take up his whole face and brighten his eyes, firing the blue and gold from inside."A strange evening, forsooth," he said."Don't you forsooth me.""You really think that's such a good idea?" Kit said. "I mean, your house is pretty screwed up, what with your agoraphobic uncle and your weird brother."Julian's hands tightened on the wheel, but the onyl thing he said was, "Ty isn't weird.""I meant Mark," said Kit. There was an odd pause. "Ty isn't weird," Kit added. "He's just autistic." (pg. 63)"Did you find something?""Have you ever wanted a really close-up look at a gross tentacle?" Emma asked."No," said Cristina."No one ever seems to say yes to that question."Maybe he could frustrate the Shadowhunters by refusing to work out and sitting around eating carbs. I defy you, Shadowhunters, he thought, thumbing the top off the container and popping a cookie in his mouth. I mock you with my sugar cravings."Morning is probably in just a few hours. And if we don't have Energy runes, we'll have to get our energy the old-fashioned way."Mark looked puzzled. "Drugs?""Chocolate," Emma said. "I brought chocolate. Mark, where do you even come up with these things.""Who would ever want movies or TV when there are books?" said Ty with disdain.#preach"Magnus Bane," said Barnabas, with clear loathing. "The Ultimate Traitor.""Not my favourite nickname," Magnus said, gently wriggling his fingers in Barnabas's direction. "I prefer 'Our Lord and Master' or maybe 'Unambiguously the Hottest'."Kit didn't say anything -- he rarely complained. Mark suspected he was silently plotting to get even instead, possibly with everyone he'd ever met."I am so ready to hunt down those tiny adorable creatures and give them what for," said Emma. "SO READY.""Emma...""I may even tie bows on their heads.""WE have to interrogate them.""Can I get a selfie with one of them first?""Eat your toast, Emma.""Lex malla, lex nulla," said Julian with a regretful wave of his hand. It was the Blackthorn family motto: A bad law is no law."I wonder what other family mottoes there are," Emma mused. "Do you know any?""The Lightwood family motto is 'We mean well'.""Very funny."Julian looked over at her. "No, really, it actually is.""Seriously? So what's the Herondale family motto? 'Chiseled but angsty'?"HE shrugged. "'If you don't know what your last name is, it's probably Herondale'?"Emma burst out laughing. "What about Carstairs?" she asked, tapping Cortana. "'We have a sword'? 'Blunt instruments are for losers'?""Morgernstern," offered Julian. "'When in doubt, start a war'?""How about 'Has even one of us ever been good, like ever, seriously'?""Why don't you just throw the sandwich?"She looked horrified. "And give up the tasty cheese? I would never, ever give up the tasty cheese.""I had never realised before how much you can take from someone by not allowing them the words they need to describe themselves. How can you know there are other people like you, when you've never had a name to call yourself?"Emma set down her fork with a clang. "Pretentious hair prince is right."Kieran blinked. "What did you call me?""I'm trying it out," Emma said, with a wave. "And I said you were right. Enjoy it, because I doubt I'll say it again."
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    He told me of your journey, and I guessed your mission. I knew you would not survive the Lord of Shadows' tricks without aid."Lord of Shadows you get ALL of the stars!Spoiler free review, although I do mention bits that I like that don't give away the storyline. If you haven't read Lady Midnight I'd suggest you don't read this :)I have eagerly anticipated this book since I finished Lady Midnight and it honestly didn't let me down what so ever. I had the best two girls to buddy Read with Sailor a He told me of your journey, and I guessed your mission. I knew you would not survive the Lord of Shadows' tricks without aid."Lord of Shadows you get ALL of the stars!Spoiler free review, although I do mention bits that I like that don't give away the storyline. If you haven't read Lady Midnight I'd suggest you don't read this :)I have eagerly anticipated this book since I finished Lady Midnight and it honestly didn't let me down what so ever. I had the best two girls to buddy Read with Sailor and Fathima Thank you both for putting up with me! I don't think I could of done this alone!Just a pre-warning, I absolutely love anything Shadowhunter related, they're my favourite type of books and Cassandra Clare is my favourite author, so I will more than likely be gushing away. I don't know what it is, but the characters are SO detailed, and charming it's hard not to love them.I'm going to have to include my favourite quote from the book here, it's too beautiful not to include:"Do you know why I'm sure? Because when this universe was born, when it blasted into existence in fire and glory, everything that would ever exist was created. Our souls are made of that fire and glory, everything that would ever exist was created. Our souls are made of that fire and glory, of the atoms of it, the fragments of stars. Everyone's are, but I believe ours, yours and mine, are made from the dust of the same star. That's why we've been drawn to each other like magnets, all our lives. All the pieces of us belong together." - Julian BlackthornComing into this, I'd kind of prepared myself for my heart to just break over and over, what I didn't expect was to cry so much at the teeny tiny little things! My heart broke for Julian and Emma, the whole family, Christina and Kieran. These characters are just so close to my heart! The character development in this book was just outstanding."They stood in a line: the Shadowhunters, the warlock and the faerie prince.""The way I love you is fundamental to me, Emma. It's who I am. No matter how far we are from each other." - Julian BlackthornWhere do I even begin with Emma and Julian? During my buddy reads, this was brought up so much! Do you know when you want a pair to be together so much, but it jus doesn't look like it's ever going to happen? Here we have it! We'll always be parabatai, Emma. It's for life. - Julian Blackthorn What makes them special is that they're both quite strong characters, but for completely different reasons. All I want to do is gush about how lovable Julian is. I mean come on, this guy will do anything, literally anything to protect his family. Even in his darkest times he always puts others before himself. What really moves me about Julian is that even though he is hurting he wants to put others happiness before his own. My heart hasn't broken this much over a character since my love Will Herondale. Emma on the other hand, at times I just wanted to shake her and to confess all to not only Julian but to Mark as well! I understand where she is coming from, but you know! Anyway other than that, I'm looking forward to her character development for The Queen of Air and Darkness. I mean come on, for those who have read this, we know! "In Faerie, I would challenge Rosales to a duel for this, he broke his promise, and a love-promise at that. He would meet me in combat if Cristina consented to let me be her champion." - Mark BlackthornEven now I'm still very very confused with Mark, Cristina and Kieran. Now don't get me wrong, I love them all, but what on earth is happening?! Do they all like each other, is it going to be just two of them together in the end? I DON'T KNOW! What I do know is that I actually really, really, really enjoyed all three of these characters throughout. What I like so much, is that they all contrast from each other and it's all very odd, but so good! We have Cristina who is just a nice girl trying to do what's right. What I really liked is that we got to see her inner child, especially when it comes to Faeries. Something Cristina said was so beautiful I had to include it, so here it is: "Love is as strong as death. I believe that." Mark who is such a lovable odd person you can't ever be mad at him. I mean come on! Just the things he says, and how he acts, but doesn't understand why they may be odd to others. Then we have Kieran, the Faerie who gives off the impression he is superior to all, but really just wants to be loved and accepted. It's hard to keep up with these three but they all brought something different. My highlight for Kieran was 100% him bowing and winking when he was called a traitor, it was glorious. I think the dancing scene was so special, and so unique I was just sat there like is this really happening? It was just so perfect! I can't wait to read more!There's nobody else I'd rather be like than you, I Want you to be proud of me." - Livvy BlackthornLivvy, Sherlock and Watson Ty and Kit once again, I have no idea what so ever what is going on with this trio. I just loved the friendship/relationship which was built between these. I think in this book in particularly you could see them developing into their shadowhunting roles and I honestly found it so enjoyable. (Did anyone notice that when Kit held the Serpah blade, it seemed to glow brighter and brighter, or is this just me). I am beyond curious to find out what is going on with Ty and Kit, are they just very close friends orrrrr?! I love how they're all so close, and if one's in danger the others come to each others aid to help each other out. Seriously though, the standout for me was definitely the promising friendship of Ty and Kit AKA, Watson and Sherlock! Kit is just so understanding, can I put him in my pocket please?But he knew he could reassure her. He wasn't leaving the Shadowhunters. He wasn't going anywhere. Because where the Blackthorns were, was his home now.Diana and Gwyn. I think I may have a slight soft spot for Gwyn. Don't ask me why, I couldn't tell you, but I do! This pair are SO good together, I mean they help each other out, they respect one another. Gwyn is so understanding and doesn't even seem to bat an eye. I really really loved Diana opening up to Gwyn, and that made me respect these two so much more. I LOVE THEM OKAY!They wanted their revenge, The Council. They didn't see how revenge begets more revenge. "For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind"" - Magnus Bane We got more of Magnus and Alec wooooo! Most people love Magnus, and I'm no exception. I was so happy how involved these two were in the book, I liked the glimpses we got into their life now, how they've developed and the children are so damn cute!Finally, I'm hoping we see more of Dru, you know who and Tavvy in the final series of the book, we get glimpses into them, but I really want more...I have conflicting views about The Centurions, lets be honest Zara is a complete bitch, as his her following. But I think that there's going to be more to it with the others. I'm intrigued to find out more and find out more about Perfect DiegoThis part was going into the bits I liked but I think it needs a special mention. Can I just say how HAPPY I am that there were so many connections to previous books, and a lot of that was for The Infernal Devices! When I say this, I mean it. I literally cried of happiness. We got so many beautiful moments.There were valuable first editions of books in the enormous library, most of them had been scribbled in by some idiot named Will H. Photographs of them all together, Jessamine popping up. I-A-M-R-U-I-N-E-D. Not only that but we had Bridget as well! I was hoping for her morbid tunes, instead we got a hilarious line: "The Herondales have always been famous for their good looks, but if you ask me, the Lightwoods are the more sexually charismatic of the bunch."What I liked ahm loved- Mark wanting to be Cristinas champion, I was crying with laughter. I don't know why, it honestly really made me laugh.- I really enjoyed that we got to see something from Arthurs point of view, I think he's such an interesting character and was quite surprised we got a glance of something from him. P.S - "Tell Julian thank you" - Arthur Blackthorn MY HEART! Not only that, but when he protected Ty and Livvy, it was such a proud moment. - Chapter 11 was very very veryyyyyy good- The development of Kit and him coming to terms he's a Shadowhunter, not just a Shadowhunter but a Herondale. When he took up the Serpah for first time I was like YASSSS! Then an Iratze YASSSSS AGAIN!- The trades the four make to get into the Courts, I liked the fact they each gave something, and they were also told something in return. Each one of these were so perfect!- All of the secrets. There's so many questions I want answering.- Ty in the Shadow Market gave me life! I was cheering him on!- The way in which something is told is so heartbreaking, I don't want to go into too much detail because of spoilers... but I just think it was handled very well. - THE RIDERS! I'm intrigued okay...- THAT LETTER! I was in tears, it was so special and so beautiful. Broke me. What didn't I like?- The only thing that I don't like is the length of the chapters (for anyone that noticed and read my updates) I can't stop part way through a chapter, and these are sooooooo long!- Out of 29 chapters, there was only (for me personally) one chapter that seemed to be nonsense and not a lot really happened. - I really wanted more Jem and Tessa!WHO IS ASH?! Me and Sailor think he's "the weapon" for The Queen of Air and Darkness The excitement is real!Why do we have to wait TWO years! That ending ripped my heart out and just was like, see you in two years!"After all, when you are dying of thirst, it was the sip of water you dreamed about, not the whole reservoir."P.S - I don't think I'll ever be okay with that ending. Heartbroken."I never thought what we had could break so easily." - Julian BlackthornPre thoughts belowNOT LONG TO GO AND A PAGE HAS BEEN RELEASED! The excitement is real!---------UPDATE...ANOTHER SNIPPET TO A PAGEThe teasing is real.----------GUYS WE HAVE ANOTHER PAGE, I'm NOT COPING"I want to be parabatai again," she said "The way we were before"MY POOR JULIANThese teasers are too much...----------Lady Midnight - 5 StarsLord of Shadows - 5 Stars
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  • amy
    January 1, 1970
    this is one of those rare times where i am at a loss for words. i don't know how to describe what i went through while reading this book, i don't know how to express my love for all of these beautiful characters and i don't know how to say anything else then AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAa in regards to that heart crushing ending.i think it's official to say that i now feel very differently about cassandra clare's books than i did a few months ago.i just.......... don't know how to put my feelings into words this is one of those rare times where i am at a loss for words. i don't know how to describe what i went through while reading this book, i don't know how to express my love for all of these beautiful characters and i don't know how to say anything else then AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAa in regards to that heart crushing ending.i think it's official to say that i now feel very differently about cassandra clare's books than i did a few months ago.i just.......... don't know how to put my feelings into words. if you want to take a look inside my current state of mind: §"%§%"(/=§)$=§?$?$??$)/=§$(IUED§HUOGKWUDZ there you go. that's my brain.there's one thing i want to say though, and this is coming from a self-proclaimed (former) hater of cassandra clare: her books are so full of positive representation of all kind and i'm so, so happy about that. so much diversity in a fantasy series. i am in awe.//might add a few words once my brain has regained it's normal functionality[4.5 stars]
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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Unpopular opinion time! Meaning I liked it, didn't love it like everyone else in the world! Damn it all!I was pretty excited for this book to come out. The love triangles in the books get on my nerves so I wasn't drop everything and lets read it now. I just wanted to get through it at one point. I love Kit's character. I think he's funny and coming into his own at being a Shadowhunter. I loved that Jace and Clary made another appearance, but I'm worried at one of the things that was told in conf Unpopular opinion time! Meaning I liked it, didn't love it like everyone else in the world! Damn it all!I was pretty excited for this book to come out. The love triangles in the books get on my nerves so I wasn't drop everything and lets read it now. I just wanted to get through it at one point. I love Kit's character. I think he's funny and coming into his own at being a Shadowhunter. I loved that Jace and Clary made another appearance, but I'm worried at one of the things that was told in confidence about a death. It just about broke my heart and I'm wondering if that will come up in the next book a million years from now. There is something dreadful that happened at the end of the book and I don't even know what to say. It's sad, okay?I just wish that Emma and Mark could be together. That's who I WANT! I'm tired of reading about Kieran, Mark and Christina. I love all three characters but I want to see Kieran with Christina because the times they were together there seemed to be something there. Something almost sexy and hidden. Emma and Julian, I just don't. I love Julian for all he does for the family but I just don't find him as a person that stokes my fire. <-- yeah, I said that. I love the things that Kit, Ty and Livvy got up to together with the exception of the bad things. I hated that Centurion, Zara, with a passion. I wanted to drop kick her off the roof. The Centurion's had a plan set up and it wasn't a good plan. Not all wanted to go along with it so there's that. Arthur is still nuts but he did some cool things and you just have to love him no matter what. Diana was awesome and stepped up and put that Zara in her place and did whatever she could to save the kids. Magnus and Alec made an appearance as well. I always love Magnus so he can make an appearance at all times =) There's a little bit of fighting and things that need to be taken care of and some evilness, but I felt like it was more about all of these people and their triangles. I just don't know. Maybe I will read both books over again when the other one comes out in a million years from now. I'm still really sad about that ending. I thought it was going to be a different sad ending but it wasn't and it took me by surprise and it's not a good thing =( and we have a Sigh. . .MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List
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  • ambsreads
    January 1, 1970
    BUDDY READING with my Julian aka CaitlinI want to die. Everything hurts. I can't breathe. The world is over and I have to wait two years. My soul burns. I honestly didn't expect this. This book is a blessing and my hell. Someone save me. Cassandra Clare is my queen and has quite literally ripped my heart out of my body and stomped all over it. My lactose intolerance doesn't agree with this book either; I ate two blocks of chocolate stressing out and now I'm banning myself from buying chocolate b BUDDY READING with my Julian aka CaitlinI want to die. Everything hurts. I can't breathe. The world is over and I have to wait two years. My soul burns. I honestly didn't expect this. This book is a blessing and my hell. Someone save me. Cassandra Clare is my queen and has quite literally ripped my heart out of my body and stomped all over it. My lactose intolerance doesn't agree with this book either; I ate two blocks of chocolate stressing out and now I'm banning myself from buying chocolate because boy do I want to cry some more. It's been like nine hours and I'm still crying. H E L P. This was truly better than Lady Midnight and I never thought I'd say that. Now someone hold me for the next two years. UPDATE 14/05/17: PEOPLE ARE GETTING ARCS AND IM LAYING ON MY BATHROOM FLOOR CRYING BECAUSE LIFE ISNT FAIR AND I NEED THIS BOOK MORE THAN I NEED A BURRITO (aka very badly) EDIT: so many people are salty about this cover but guys anything trumps the original TMI covers - especially the first where it's just a chest. So, we've come a long way.THE COVER HAS BEEN RELEASED. I AM SHOOK. I CAN'T. I LOVE IT. However, one question:Why is the London bridge in it?!DOES THIS SIGNIFY MORE JEM AND TESSA?! OMG. MAY CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH. I am literal trash for the Shadowhunter series.
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  • Lien To
    January 1, 1970
    throne of GLASS - city of GLASS (#TMI3) crown of MIDNIGHT - lady MIDNIGHT (#TDA1)heir of FIRE - city of heavenly FIRE (#TMI6)queen of SHADOWS - prince of SHADOWS(#TDA2)someone has some explaining to do here AHAHAHHAHAH*edit*: guys I just wanted to make it clear that I absolutely love both series. I didn't mean to accuse or criticize either of the authors- I just found it pretty cool that they had some similar themes running through their titles. Happy reading to you all <3 !
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  • P
    January 1, 1970
    “He caught her by the wrist, brought her hand to his bare chest. Splayed her fingers over his heart. It beat against her palm, like a fist punching its way through his sternum. “Break my heart,” he said. “Break it in pieces. I give you permission.”” The hardest part of reading this book is you have to put up with an emotional influx, from what Clare always tangles the love of the main characters like Jace and Clary, or Jem and Tessa and Will, I am certain that Julian and Emma will break you ev “He caught her by the wrist, brought her hand to his bare chest. Splayed her fingers over his heart. It beat against her palm, like a fist punching its way through his sternum. “Break my heart,” he said. “Break it in pieces. I give you permission.”” The hardest part of reading this book is you have to put up with an emotional influx, from what Clare always tangles the love of the main characters like Jace and Clary, or Jem and Tessa and Will, I am certain that Julian and Emma will break you even more like no one can. Lord of Shadows represents a continuation after what happened in Lady Midnight. The plot was developed. The characters grow up. The villains show theirs other sides appealing for our sympathy, yet Cassandra Clare put this together impeccably. “Everyone is afraid of something. We fear things because we value them. We fear losing people because we love them. We fear dying because we value being alive. Don't wish you didn't fear anything. All that would mean is that you didn't feel anything.” Julian is my beloved character since City of Heavenly Fire. I could see that his heart was so pure then, and his love for Emma is larger than life. My heart literally and figuratively broke for him when he longs for something he's not supposed to have. Emma, on the other hand, is a great and strong female character. She complements the good sides of Julian, while he gradually unravels his dark side to us in this book. The contrast is surreal and makes this book more intriguing than I thought. “Emma. I need you, always, always think about you, I was wishing you were with me in that goddamned attic and then I turned around and you were there, like you heard me, like you're always there when I need you ...” The main plot is moving forward with the slow pace. To be honest, it took me almost a week to finish this book for some parts were boring and some were not. Not like Lady Midnight, Lord of Shadows doesn't have the mysterious atmosphere or thrilling investigation that I fell in love with. I really missed that excitement when I first read Lady Midnight while reading this book, and I hoped that the ending would save it all, but um, I thought I was wrong. The ending was so cruel and left a major impact on me, though. How could you, Clare ? How could you do this to me ? I'd prepared for anything, ANYTHING. But this ? This is too much. Shockingly I had to stop reading for a while since it hurt me so much to continue even though there were just two or three pages left. “There's never going to be anyone else for me. That's just how it is.” Well, I kinda like how the author wrote about Bangkok institute and transgender. In Bangkok, transgender or ladyboys are very famous, and when I saw this, I was so surprised because yeah ! this is my country and she detailed it pretty good. However, this series has the variety of sexuality from straight, gay, bi to pansexual. And this makes me love Clare even more. I love LGBTQ in novels. They should be paid attention to both in books and real life.About Ty and Kit, I think I saw something passing between them.I am so afraid to read this. Not because someone I love might die, but the next and the last book will be released in 2019.TWO YEARS ! “Sometimes the most ruthless heart speaks the most truth” https://goo.gl/C35G5Y
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  • Frankie Lovely
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars*UPDATE 6/18/17 - NEW added song suggestions at the bottom of review>>>>>>>I have no words right now ... I am in shockCurrently questioning my life and what to do with it for the next two years while I wait for Book 3?Also can someone come pick up the broken pieces of my soul for me? Thanks*Major Cliffhanger warning!* Quite possibly the worse cliffhanger I have ever read. Clare ends this book at the height of major action without having resolved any of the storyline y 5 stars*UPDATE 6/18/17 - NEW added song suggestions at the bottom of review>>>>>>>I have no words right now ... I am in shockCurrently questioning my life and what to do with it for the next two years while I wait for Book 3?Also can someone come pick up the broken pieces of my soul for me? Thanks*Major Cliffhanger warning!* Quite possibly the worse cliffhanger I have ever read. Clare ends this book at the height of major action without having resolved any of the storyline yet ... and now I have to wait till 2019 for the conclusion. I'm a little irked by this actually!Nevertheless ... I'll add this book to the list of books that now own my soul.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Pre-readThe following is a chronicle of events that place as soon as that package hits my front door:Fangirl HARD✓ Hug package✓Open package✓Fangirl SO HARD✓Hug book✓Sniff book✓Remove book cover to check for hidden imprint?✓ (No imprint but there is a poster runes under the cover!)Dance around the house✓Cry uncontrollably ✓Set up elaborate Instagram photo-shoot with book -LATERhug and Sniff book again ✓Post Instagram photo -LATERFangirl SO FUCKING HARD! ✓Lock myself in a corner and watch my emotions get destroyed -✓Question my life and what I will do until book 3 is released - CURRENT SITUATION________________MUSIC SUGGESTIONSMUSIC SUGGESTIONS *Warming ... added feels possible*Eyes Half Closed by Crywolf aka Julian's heartbreak songWhisper by CrywolfAngels by CrywolfFortress by IlleniumCoattalis by BroodsRush Over Me by Seven LionsAnachronism by Crywolf
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  • alexandra
    January 1, 1970
    this review was originally posted on twirling pages Lord of Shadows left me feeling deceased. Lord of Shadows was one of my most-anticipated releases of 2017 and i was worried. aside from the obvious fact of PAIN and WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO MY FAVES, i was afraid this installment would disappoint me. the more i read and review novels, the more critical and cynical i get. i rarely enjoy books for the sake of it unless there are low expectations. but with Lord of Shadows, i couldn’t help but have high this review was originally posted on twirling pages Lord of Shadows left me feeling deceased. Lord of Shadows was one of my most-anticipated releases of 2017 and i was worried. aside from the obvious fact of PAIN and WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO MY FAVES, i was afraid this installment would disappoint me. the more i read and review novels, the more critical and cynical i get. i rarely enjoy books for the sake of it unless there are low expectations. but with Lord of Shadows, i couldn’t help but have high expectations. thankfully, cassandra clare left me feeling happily horrible. it had all the emotional pain and frustration i expected – and more! buuuut there were a few things i was feeling :// about. this bible-sized novel was slower than anticipated. i remember flying through Lady Midnight despite its size; i can't say the same for LoS. i'm not saying i couldn't bring myself to finish, but there were parts when i thought CAN WE MOVE ON. there were also parts when i anticipated things before it happened. i'm not sure if clare intentionally made things somewhat predictable orrrr if i'm getting better at guessing things. either way, i was kinda sad/frustrated about that. “Everyone is afraid of something. We fear things because we value them. We fear losing people because we love them. We fear dying because we value being alive. Don't wish you didn't fear anything. All that would mean is that you didn't feel anything.” aside from these two tiny things, LORD OF SHADOWS WAS AMAZING. it left me feeling wrecked and emotionally unstable. i know some may hesitate on picking this up due to its size, but it's worth every page. i'd highly highly recommend to anyone who likes reading. as someone who wasn't a fan of cassandra clare from the start, i must admit: her work continues to improve and grow beyond my expectations. GO READ IT. SPOILER-FILLED DISCUSSION BEGINNING. don't say i didn't warn you... *side eye* if you haven't read this book, please please stop here. you DON'T want to be spoiled. characters & relationships let's talk about these characters and such first, shall we? ten pages into the book and MARK AND EMMA ARE A THING. i'm feeling every kind of betrayal. i'm screaming my head off. however, it becomes quickly clear that those two are not going to work out (romantically) and the world is right again. (yes, i'm gonna be THAT petty about them.) we all knew they weren't going to get anything more than a platonic relationship. meanwhile, my poor jules is SUFFERING i'm mostly just glad jules and emma are back together-ish?? the truth is out and that's all that matters. sorta.moving onto the new unholy trinity: ty, livvy, and kit. these three!! are so gold!!! kit starts off as someone who is NOT having it and tries to deny everything about being a shadowhunter. ty and livvy eventually grow on him and he becomes part of their crew™. THEY ARE MY FAVES. FAVES. FAVES. i kinda ship ty and kit very much and i find it hilarious that livvy kissed kit. the love between these three are so wonderful. until livvy.... I HAVE WORDS ON THIS LATERthe mark/cristina/kieran triangle thing is strange. (diego is not part of this because it DOES NOT EVEN COUNT.) this triangle can go three ways but i'm ultimately rooting for mark and cristina as a romantic relationship. i'm surprised by how much i love cristina and kieran as friends. I JUST LOVE CRISTINA.now for the other relationships: gwyn and diana? LOVE THEM. they are hilarious and adorable. gwyn was so unexpected and I LOVE HIM. also i LOVE how we found out more on diana’s past and who she really is! i was sososososo surprised the thing leading up to her secret was that she’s transgender. (more on this later) dru and jamie have this thing going on and i don't know how to feel about it. :/ in general, the blackthorns are my favorite family and everyone is wonderful. i love the way their family mends together. plot????! can we have an in-depth rant about zara and her bigotry gang? they need to GET OUT. as if we don't get enough of this in real life (at least in america right now), it's going on in the shadowhunter world too. WHICH MAKES IT ALL THE MORE RELEVANT. it all started when her annoying ass barged into the LA Institute with her stupid pin, asking the blackthorns to do her laundry. she started off as someone who was simply ANNOYING but eventually became a larger threat. i feel like that's such a strong metaphor for trump's america. it made me realize how politics in the shadowhunter world are very similar to the united states right now. i see downworlders/shadowhunters/faeries/etc as a metaphor for race. the dearborns and the rest of the gang are basically petitioning for extermination and containment of downworlders (aka POC in the real world). i don’t know about you but doesn’t that sound a little familiar???????? people of the lgbtq+ community aren’t entirely accepted in the shadowhunter world, even though there are many who do support them. unfortunately, i think the same could be said for the world right now. it’s weird how i saw these things more clearly after reading LoS – a story set in a fictional world. even though it’s not “real” and the issues are more exaggerated, i think it’s more prominent because I FEEL SO MUCH FOR THESE CHARACTERS. it’s a personal attack on them, which makes it a personal attack on me. it feels real to me – even more so than the “real world.” (i think that shows how UTTERLY BIZARRE american politics are right not because it feels like a poorly written fictional story than Real Things!)anyway, enough of that. i'm just going to get more upset if i think about it. MOVING ON. i was super wary during their trip to the unseelie and seelie courts because FAERIES AND THEIR TRICKERY. it was a hot mess, but i expected worse so *whew.* the part that had me screaming in frustration was when emma was unable to kill the faerie because he looked like her dad. :((( the one good thing that came out of that trip was julian finding out how to break the parabatai bond.SO. the parabatai bond. it can be broken but it’ll also break all parabatai bonds. this was another ASDJGYFHKLJH,K;WHAT moment. (and also robert is dead so someone HELP) i didn’t realize the strength of cortana and how important it was when emma killed one of the riders of mannanan. it happened and i was like, “oh, okay, moving on.” BUT THEN, turns out it’s a big deal and now the riders are probably going after emma in the future. i’m curious (and scared but also not because it’s EMMA) to see how that’ll come to play in the next book.annabel blackthorn is a nutcase and should be dead. AGAIN. even though malcom died, i had a theory he’d be back – and he did come back, only to die on by the hand of his lover. (go annabel!) after julian talked to her, i was a little more trusting. maybe she wasn’t that insane. BUT THEN. she goes ham and kills robert lightwood and livvy blackthorn. in her defense, she might’ve been triggered by the mortal sword and gone to a bad place. BUT STILL. i’ll never forgive her or trust her again. ENDING???!?!!! that being said, LIVVY. yeah, robert’s death was sad but more importantly… LIVVY. i kid you not, i read the sentence – “... she was truly beautiful, a Shadowhunter in full flowering glory, just before she landed lightly on the wooden floor dias’s edge and drove her jagged, broken half blade into Livvy’s heart.” – and shut the book. i let out the longest gasp and could not believe it because this is not happening this is not happening thisisnothappening. the stages of grief are true. it started with pure and utter shock, turned to despair (crying for a good 30 min), and now i’m at denial. even though the last sentence confirms it because the clock chimed and livvy was just talking about that clock. BUT. but. robert lightwood also died and i’m hoping it was chiming for robert. (the cliffhanger of LM was a misunderstanding so this could be too???) (nope, cassandra clare is just cruel sometimes) what are your thoughts on Lord of Shadows? release your FEELZ in the comments~
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  • may ❀
    January 1, 1970
    imagine being so cruel that you end a book LIKE THAT AND HAVE NO REGARD FOR YOUR READER'S PAIN NO O NE TOUCH MEms. clare you better fix this mess you made of my soul ily but i need book 3 nOW ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~julian blackthorn marry me please and thanks Buddy read with my little leek
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  • Caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    Can someone actually kill me? The more I think about this book the more I want to curl up in a bawl and die. I also highkey just want to punch Cassie for doing this to us. How dare she 😭HELLO I AM BACK TO ROUND UP TO 5 STARS EVEN THOUGH ITS 4.5 BECAUSE AMBER REMINDED ME HOW CRAZY THIS PLOT WAS BUT LIKE IT WAS STILL MISSING A LITTLE SOMETHING BUT NOT ENOUGH TO KNOCK OFF A WHOLE STARTHAT IS ALL GOODBYEI feel nothing. I am dead inside. Fuck you Cassie Clare. Fuck this book. Fuck my feelings. What t Can someone actually kill me? The more I think about this book the more I want to curl up in a bawl and die. I also highkey just want to punch Cassie for doing this to us. How dare she 😭HELLO I AM BACK TO ROUND UP TO 5 STARS EVEN THOUGH ITS 4.5 BECAUSE AMBER REMINDED ME HOW CRAZY THIS PLOT WAS BUT LIKE IT WAS STILL MISSING A LITTLE SOMETHING BUT NOT ENOUGH TO KNOCK OFF A WHOLE STARTHAT IS ALL GOODBYEI feel nothing. I am dead inside. Fuck you Cassie Clare. Fuck this book. Fuck my feelings. What the hell. I just. Can't. Only 4.5 stars because it dragged a bit and I felt nothing was happening for a while but I don't know how to feel oh my god. WHY DID YOU DO THIS TO ME CASSIE?! Why did you do this to our characters?! Why the fuck is everything going wrong?! Why can't we just all be happy Everyone I hated before I no longer hate! Mainly Mark and Kit. I couldn't stand them in Lady Midnight but now they're great. I am shook. Guys I don't know how to write a review?? I will definitely be coming back in the next few days with my updated feels but right now I'm just upset. I don't know how to feel anything other than broken and I can't believe we have to wait two years for the next book. BUDDY READ WITH AMBER WHO HATES ME RIGHT NOW FOR GETTING THIS BOOK EARLY BUT ITS OKAY BECAUSE I LOVE HER ENOUGH FOR THE BOTH OF USI CANT BELIEVE DYMOCKS HAD EARLY COPIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
    January 1, 1970
    ❝Emma, everyone's afraid of something. We fear things because we value them. We fear losing people because we love them. We fear dying because we value being alive. Don't wish you didn't fear anything. All that would mean is that you didn't feel anything.❞ I DID IT. After months of avoiding, slumping, and adulting... I FINALLY FINISHED. I spent weeks contemplating how I was going to rate Lord of Shadows and I've come to the decision that this sequel was probably a solid 3.5 STARS for me. It p ❝Emma, everyone's afraid of something. We fear things because we value them. We fear losing people because we love them. We fear dying because we value being alive. Don't wish you didn't fear anything. All that would mean is that you didn't feel anything.❞ I DID IT. After months of avoiding, slumping, and adulting... I FINALLY FINISHED. I spent weeks contemplating how I was going to rate Lord of Shadows and I've come to the decision that this sequel was probably a solid 3.5 STARS for me. It pains my heart to give any book in this trilogy anything close to three stars because it's my second favorite Shadowhunter series behind The Infernal Devices (sadly, The Mortal Instruments is not on my list of Shadowhunter faves. 😅)Although, Lord of Shadows was enjoyable for the most part, I did feel as though it was painfully slow (and boring 🙊) in some parts, and in some others, I did feel as though they could've been omitted completely. That being said, long story short, Lord of Shadows was unnecessarily too long. I'm a bookworm. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TOO LONG WHEN IT COMES TO A BOOK. Sometimes. 😉 In this case, it might've been about 100-200 pages TOO long. 😂 It suffered a case of something similar to what I had to endure while reading TMI, and after reading so many Shadowhunter books, I finally figured out what exactly that case was. It was the case of "TOO MANY POVS I DIDN'T CARE ABOUT" syndrome.I don't have a problem with multiple POVs. Just with boring ones. And there was a lot of it going on in Lord of Shadows. We were constantly switching over from the main storyline to side storylines and POVs that I really couldn't care less about which caused a lot of things to happen all at once and feel as though the book was all over the place. Plus, some characters kept getting sidetracked with the most pointless things such as the bond between Mark and Cristina. POINTLESS. 🙄 Which also brings me to another thing I hated about this book. It brought too much focus on Mark, Cristina, and Kieran. Individually, I wouldn't mind because I love these three characters but... It's a hard pass for me. There was too much romantic focus, specifically between Mark and Cristina. And that's coming from someone who loves romance books! At one point, I was beginning to wonder if Emma/Julian/the Blackthorns were even the main characters in this trilogy anymore because we spent so much time with the love triangle (square if you count Perfect Diego) between Mark/Cristina/Kieran. It seriously felt like Cassandra Clare kept shoving Mark and Cristina down our throats and I just couldn't stand it anymore. 😭 I wouldn't be complaining so much if it was Mark and Kieran or even Cristina and Kieran, but for Pete's sake, stop trying to make Mark and Cristina happen. IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. Lol Mean Girls. 💀💕 But in all seriousness though, Mark and Cristina felt too forced to me and I didn't feel any of their chemistry. Kieran and Cristina had more chemistry and for all we know, that ship is nonexistent before it even gets a chance to start. I would gladly give up majority of the pages dedicated for Mark and Cristina to get more of Jules and Emma time because LoS was lacking in that area.Other things I hated that I want to mention but they don't deserve my time and explanation: ZARA and the Cohort. Need I say more?Okay. Enough Petty Mikee. Let's get to the positive stuff. 🤗I love the bond and friendship between Ty, Livvy, and Kit. At first, they fell under the category of "POVs I don't care about" but they quickly grew onto me and I began to appreciate the role they had for each other. ❤️Emma and Julian. My babies. There wasn't enough of it. Period.Diana and Gwyn. Y'all. I'm 100 PERCENT on board with this. Give me MORE.The Blackthorns. They're all just too precious for this freakin world. I love them all so much. I've seen people talking down on Julian and his ruthlessness to do whatever it takes to protect his family, but those are his babies. He raised those kids while he was child himself. How can anyone not understand the lengths and sacrifices he would go to to protect each and every one of the Blackthorns and Emma? 😓 He may be ruthless to some eyes but the way I see it, his heart is filled with SO much love for his family but to a certain fault.Now. There's the ENDING. Sadly, I was spoiled with the ending for Lord of Shadows so it's really quite unfortunate to say that it didn't impact me as much as it would have if I was able to experience it without it being ruined for me. My heart still broke seeing it unfold, but I can only imagine the bigger impact it would've had on me if I found out for myself as it happened. But once things get spoiled, you get robbed of that one-time experience unfortunately. 🤷🏻‍♀️ It was still heartbreaking nonetheless, and... (view spoiler)[it was exactly one of the things I feared Cassie would pull in this series sooner or later. It was obvious that she had plans to bring out the big guns and hit us where she knows it would hurt, and the only way to do that was to hurt the ones near and dear to ALL of our hearts, the Blackthorn children. It was an unnecessary evil, but a predictable attempt to get a reaction from her readers. It was a matter of WHEN and WHO the unlucky Blackthorn was going to be. We knew Blackthorn blood needed to be spilled to set Annabel free. It was too good to be true to let it just be Arthur Blackthorn, the only Blackthorn that we didn't care for or the Blackthorn we were ALL willing to sacrifice (ADMIT IT. 😈) (hide spoiler)]Lord of Shadows didn't really come close to the bar of expectations that Lady Midnight set but it left a lot to anticipate for the conclusion to The Dark Artifices. The book suffered a bit of second book syndrome and more but it is evident that Cassandra Clare has so much in store for us in the finale and I'm confident that it would not disappoint. A lot of death is bound to happen so the only thing we can do is prepare ourselves to the havoc that Cassie is itching to wreck. 👀
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  • Ashley Nuckles
    January 1, 1970
    is this what death feels like (Being overly-dramatic) BUT STILL, this was one crazy ride and THAT ENDING. HOW. WHAT. WHY. WHYYYY. Two years is too long a wait for the conclusion. The Last Hours better be worth it.
  • Prabh⚔
    January 1, 1970
    Full review here!!You actually didn’t expect a full review, did you? Welll, good for you, I like to give surprises and make everyone’s day a thousand times better. (today the sarcasm game is strong. Verrry strong :) :))Anyway this book was a fucking rollercoaster of emotions (aka the rollercoaster of death)I cried.I laughed.I shrieked and screamed. Because of my screaming, my lil bro fell off the bed while sleeping. #GoodTimes (he did break my keyboard so… back at ya)Anyway this review is going Full review here!!You actually didn’t expect a full review, did you? Welll, good for you, I like to give surprises and make everyone’s day a thousand times better. (today the sarcasm game is strong. Verrry strong :) :))Anyway this book was a fucking rollercoaster of emotions (aka the rollercoaster of death)I cried.I laughed.I shrieked and screamed. Because of my screaming, my lil bro fell off the bed while sleeping. #GoodTimes (he did break my keyboard so… back at ya)Anyway this review is going to be in a different format. It’s going to be full of spoilers so proceed with caution! I am not fully adding that big spoiler tag since the pre-review is my hilarious self and you should obviously read it if you haven’t read the book. (I mean, you can read the pre-review even if you have read the book)I find myself utterly and completely hilarious so like, yeah.So for this book I won’t do the likes and dislikes thing because literally IT WAS PERFECTION! I will just talk about the events and the overall feelings towards all of them as the book progressed.•We start the book with Kit’s POV. This! Guy! Is! Actually! Going! To! Be! The! Death! Of! Me! I think Kit is my favourite character along with Livvy and Ty because god forbid how the fuck can I forget the twins? •Kit stealing weapons and being caught by Jace is my new aesthetic.•I loved how Jace came and talked with him because they are the only two Herondales left? Brrrb,,, I am not crying, it’s you.•The book is so action packed like??? I loved that scene in the start where they killed the Teuthilda demon at the pier.•RIP Magnus the fish•Mark is also going to be the death of me•I still don’t like Cristina :) :)•I was excited at first when it was mentioned that the Centurions were going to live in the institute as I thought we’ll meet some hot and sexy new Shadowhunters but damn it was I wrong.•I liked Manuel in the start but damn it was I wrong. (He’s such a lying piece of utter SHIT)•Zara is a motherfucking bitch you piece of shit just fuck off.•I hate how Clary and Jace talk to Mark about Kieran. Everything in Mark and Kieran’s relationship is super super complex and I will talk about all that later, but seriously? I was super uncomfortable when they came to Mark for information.•The scene at the Shadow Market. I AM ACTUALLY CRYING KIT OH MY GOD.•When Kit talked to Julian about Ty being autistic, I was so happy. I love how Kit is like, ‘Ty is autistic, so what?’ THIS IS THE REP YOU NEED.•‘I defy you, Shadowhunters, he thought, thumbing the top of the container and popping a cookie in his mouth. I mock you with my sugar cravings.’•Kit is my favourite for a reason.•Ty and Kit talk about cookies. JUST KISS ALREADY YOU IDIOTS.•Ty gave Kit his first rune. Let me die in peace.•Livvy and Ty accept Kit into their group. *sobs for eternity*•What right do the Centurions and Zara have for treating the Blackthorns like trash? None. •Dru is pretty much nonexistent in the first half. We do get her POV at like the 75% mark, but I wanted to see more of her.•Kit now has the Herondale family ring which belonged to James Herondale. #throwbackthursday •I had heard so many ridiculous reasons as to why Clary refuses to marry Jace but when it was revealed I did feel bad for her even though I dislike both Clary and Jace and I don’t ship Clace.•When Cristina and Diego broke up I was happy since Cristina should know that being happy doesn’t mean you’re with a guy. BUT, that allll changes later on because no one can stay single for more than two weeks!!! Damn sexy Shadowhunters and their extremely good looking genes. •The ship which I shipped (Mark and Emma) sank before it even began sailing. RIP. I do like their friendship tho.•Am I the only one who doesn’t find Emma and her jokes funny? I don’t even like Emma anymore. Everything about her screams trying too hard.•I think this is a problem with all of Cassie’s protagonists. I dislike both Emma and Clary and my hate for Tessa knows no bounds. They all just try too hard, pfft.•But I do have to commend her on her secondary characters. They somehow make up for the protagonists.•‘Livvy gave Kit a thumbs-up. “You absolutely could have been rejected from the yearly Hot Shadowhunters Calendar.”“Rejected?” Kit demanded as they started downstairs.Her eyes were dancing. “For being too young, of course.”“There is no Hot Shadowhunters Calendar,” said Ty.’•Omg I love their group so much. <3•Kit’s list about the things he doesn’t like about the Shadowhunters ahhhh. He’s such a dork. (he’s also Ty’s Watson <3) Be still my beating heart. •ZARA IS THE BIGGEST BITCH AND MANUEL YOU ASSHOLE.•STOP SAYING ALL THIS ABOUT MY BLACKTHORNS.•When they went to Faerieland was easily the best part of the book for me. It was all so aesthetic asfjhkgjl jsghfsjkfjtkbfeukv ekyu5kytievukrktvghnesri ui7uy6n5 bhiftguophbnjkhgf nbjgsn gfsy8rt69•Now comes the angry rant. I absofuckinlutely DO NOT ship Marktina. Why can’t these goddamned Shadowhunters STOP KISSING?•I DESPISE THIS LOVE TRIANGLE SO MUCH OMG.•So we get to the part where they rescue Kieran and make a deal with the Seelie Queen and stuff. I HATE how they were using Kieran. I don’t like Mark anymore because of this. Yes, what Kieran did was indeed wrong, but it happened accidentally. Kieran has never really known the love of family. We could see all that when we saw the Unseelie King and his brothers. They just do not care about him. He just wanted Mark back because Mark was the only one who showed kindness towards him and truly loved him. You know how tough it is when the only person who loves you is not with you anymore? You obviously try your best to bring that person back. I feel like Kieran is the most misunderstood character ever. He did make a mistake but he tried to correct it when Iarlath came to whip Mark. He thought that they’ll just bring Mark back and that would be the end of it. He did try to avert the situation. And it was because of him that they could reach to Malcolm in time. He has done a lot to rectify his mistake but people still treat him like trash. I don’t actually comprehend this. One thing that was extremely triggering to me was when Emma called him ‘Weasel Face’. She should have had atleast a little bit of more respect for him because he was helping them in their mission. I am fiercely protective of Kieran and I hate how everyone treats him. I hate how Mark acted when Kieran was kissing him in the London Institute. I hate all of this. I hate that Mark isn’t that good of a character and sassy anymore because he is now so hung up on Cristina. I feel really bad for Kieran. He’s been through a lot, just give him a break. He doesn’t deserve all of your betrayals and shit. I am going to sink with my ship Kierark. Literally fight me. •Now, let’s talk about our dear Cristina. She is legit even more perfect™ than Diego. She is always kind towards everyone. She always understands everyone. She never gets angry. She never loses her temper. She doesn’t get jealous. WOMAN GIVE ME A FUCKING BREAK! She is so perfect my eyes literally hurt from rolling them.•If Kieran falls in love with her I am slapping him so hard.•And I also think that Mark, Kieran and Cristina will be in a poly relationship. You know why? Cassie hints over and over again that she loves love triangles and poly relationships and she says that these three don’t get jealous of each other. I swear to god if this happens I am burning these books.•I don’t understand why there has to be a shit load of love triangles. Stop. This isn’t even a love triangle anymore. It’s just a complex septagon or something. (my English teacher once said septagon as sexagon… so lol)•I’m really intrigued to see more of the Riders! I don’t understand how Emma can kill one of them. Sure, she has Cortana but I don’t buy it.•Diana’s backstory was easily the best thing in the entire book. I didn’t really like her in the first book as she seemed so very shady to me but in LOS I could see how much she cared for the Blackthorns. I just want her to be happy :)•CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW AMAZING AND INTELLIGENT TIBERIUS BLACKTHORN AKA THE LOVE OF MY LIFE IS? ANYWAY I LOVE HIM SO MUCH MY HEAD HURTS HE IS SO PRECIOUS AND MUST BE PROTECTED AT ALL COSTS. He discovered that letter place and sent Annabel that letter (which made me really emotional tbh) and because of him Annabel agreed to testify. I just want him to have a happy ending with Kit. :) :) •Livia Blackthorn is the sass queen and I am crying because Kit was her first and last kiss. :((((((•All the little tidbits about TID and TLH made me so happy and excited. 2018 cannot come faster. I need Chain of Gold in my hands right now.•OH and Ty also gave Kit his Voyance rune. I’m not crying, it’s you.•Jessamine was back! I loved to see her. I feel like Kieran she is also quite underappreciated and misunderstood.•Jessamine has a crush on Julian!!!!! XD•Have you noticed Jessamine’s character development? In TID she says Will is a terrible Welshman and SHE IS NOW PROTECTING HIS BOOKS LIKE?? This is the quality character development I signed up for.•DID YOU GUYS READ THE SCENE WHERE KIT HUGS TY???OMGJGKFDUVBNFNHBTMJTKJDSMVB HG.LKJNMH;ULOITTDF’UMBK BNJJNHB KDLGNJNIUYJM TM9JYM UBTODPJNTY;OUHDGRTHIT5U497865UYHTYIOLU •Put your arms around me,” said Ty. His hands were pale blurs in the air, as if Kit were looking at a time-lapse photo. “Hold on to me.”He was still rocking. After a moment, Kit put his arms around Ty, not quite knowing what else to do. It was like holding a loosed arrow: Ty felt hot and sharp in his arms, and he was vibrating with some strange emotion. After what felt like a long time he relaxed slightly. His hands touched Kit, their motion slowing, his fingers winding themselves into Kit’s sweater.“Tighter,” Ty said. He was hanging on to Kit as if he were a life raft, his forehead digging painfully into Kit’s shoulder. He sounded desperate. “I need to feel it.”Kit had never been a casual hugger, and no one had ever, that he could remember, come to him for comforting. He wasn’t a comforting sort of person. He’d always assumed that. And he barely knew Ty.But then, Ty didn’t do things for no reason, even if people whose brains were differently wired couldn’t see his reasons immediately. Kit remembered the way Livvy rubbed Ty’s hands tightly when he was stressed and thought: The pressure is a sensation; the sensation must be grounding. Calming. That made sense. So Kit found himself holding Ty harder, until Ty relaxed under the tight grip of his hands; held him more tightly than he’d ever held anyone, held him as if they’d been lost in the sea of the sky, and only holding on to each other could keep them afloat above the wreckage of London.•BABY THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR•Can you say holy shit faster•Ok now we come to the last 20 pages where everything goes to absolute shit. LIVVY OH MY GOD SHE DID NOT DESERVE THAT WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO TY NOW???•The last thing I needed was Julian to cry over Livvy’s dead body telling her to look at him one last time.•while we’re talking about Julian, I have to say that I don’t like him anymore. I hate the type of guys who get so hung up because of love and stuff and Julian was exactly like that. He just wasn’t the same anymore, and I hate Emma and his romance so excuse me.•OH ALSO let’s talk about Max and Kieran! Their scenes were so cute ashajfkltdielyor•Arthur Blackthorn is also one character that is super super super underappreciated.•I loved Dru and Jaime's frenship. I may or may not ship them. #sorrynotsorry•WHO WAS THAT KID WHEN DRU ACCIDENTALLY WENT TO FAERIE? I THINK HE IS THE SEELIE QUEEN AND SEBASTIAN'S SON BECAUSE BLOND HAIR AND GREEN EYES. also time moves differently in Faerie, so i am maybe correct.Overall Thoughts- Look. This is the best Shadowhunter book till date. I did have my issues, yes, but I still love the Shadowhunter books with all of my heart.___________________LITERALLY FUCK THIS BOOKFUCK EVERYONEFUCK YOU_____________________ EDIT- May 17' FEEELS y'all. i was just going to sleep yesterday when i went on Cassie's tumblr to see that the first 50 have been released. asgjksdfgktfhjboi tjnmifo hsdgdbrghydnrjjkndvlxnihyuinyihtlvldthr i bet you couldn't say heck yes faster you can read them here!and now you know what i was doing staying up till midnight EDIT- May 16' FEEEELS I swear to god this is not the only book I think about okay?? BUT.I am back with some amazing info that will make your heart swell!!(why does this sound like an advertisement lololol)ok but just 7 days left I am going to get destroyed and blown away to smithereens soon1.)ok but like I hate Cristina and I don’t even ship Marktina, but seeing Mark just makes both my head and heart explode.2.)this is the biggest cliffhanger ever (just like Lady Midnight and GUYS ONLY ONE WEEK IS LEFT)3.)kierark is the ship that will actually be the death of me and like this is so steamy!! :) :) :) (remember that scene at the midnight theatre?? YES. THAT SCENE)4.)this is the one which makes me mad. Why does everyone have like 25 love interests?? Bleh. My soul weeps for Julian. That boy has been through a lot lol5.)the first 50 pages. Yes. You heard that right.6.)Jules is the dad ahh. *hugs him* but even my dad allows me to eat fast food? What’s wrong with you @ Jules??7.)I don’t know why but I laughed at this for over 15 minutes. Something is wrong with me.Anyways y’all just a week left I am so excited oh and everything is taken from Cassandra Clare's tumblr, everything belongs to her, I don't own anything. EDIT- April 29' 2017 FEEELS I woke up and saw that Cassie released this snippet. Read it. read it. They said that men joined the Wild Hunt sometimes when they had sustained a great loss, preferring to howl out their grief to the skies than to suffer in silence in their ordinary gray lives. Emma remembered soaring through the sky with Mark, his arms around her waist: She had let the wind take her screams of excitement, thrilling to the freedom of the sky where there was no pain, no worry, only forgetfulness.And here was Mark, beautiful in that way that the night sky was beautiful, offering her that same freedom with an outstretched hand. What if I could love Mark? she thought. What if I could make this lie true?Then it would be no lie. If she could love Mark, it would end all the danger. Julian would be safe.She had nodded. Reached her hand out to Mark’s. COME ON. FUCKING SCREAM WITH ME. THERE ARE STILL 3 WEEKS LEFT FOR THIS TO COME OUT AND I THOUGHT I WOULD CALMLY WAIT UNTIL THEN AND WORK ON MY ASSIGNMENTS AND COMING TESTS??? NOW WHAT THE FUCK AM I SUPPOSED TO DO???? LADY MIDNIGHT'S CLIFHANGER WAS THE MOST BRUTAL AND I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT WOULD HAPPEN AFTER THE WHY LIE THING AND CASSIE YOU DO THIS??????? OH MY GOD OH MY GOD WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO WITH MY LIFE NOW??? also I ship Mark and Emma more than I ship Emma and Julian. SUE ME. I guess it's becuz Mark is my fave character?? lol whatever EDIT-April 18' 2017 FEEELS THIRTY FIVE DAYS. THIRTY FIVE. I INVITE YOU TO MY FUNERAL! come to India, it is like, 43 Celsius where I live!!! So cold right! :) :) I LEGIT AM MELTING. It would be really fun! you know, I would be dead and you could mourn my loss!! So PLEASE COME AND BRING AIR CONDITIONERS WITH YOU BECAUSE DAMN IT IS HOT. March 30' 2017 FEELS Look please let Kierark happen (cough) That's all I ask. Plus DO NOT hurt Julian. (Christina can dieeeeeeeeeeeeeeee)If you ever want to talk about this series, I am HERE. GO MESSAGE ME I DO NOT BITE. I LIKE LEGIT NEED TO TALK TO SOMEONE.And does anyone want to buddy read it when it comes out?? I am hereeeee.
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  • Kisses A
    January 1, 1970
    This was truly a masterpiece. Darn. I have read over 700 pages in words yet I am speechless with the emotions I currently feel. Full review to come. Cassandra Clare certainly delivered.editMark (oc my fav character)I'm not gonna do the entire cast but I think this guy would make a great Mark bone structure n all and maybe lighter hair.I have found the perfect Tiberius Blackthorn! I love him!!!The rest of the "cast" are already in my Lady Midnight review.Update on Feelings...I am in the minority This was truly a masterpiece. Darn. I have read over 700 pages in words yet I am speechless with the emotions I currently feel. Full review to come. Cassandra Clare certainly delivered.editMark (oc my fav character)I'm not gonna do the entire cast but I think this guy would make a great Mark bone structure n all and maybe lighter hair.I have found the perfect Tiberius Blackthorn! I love him!!!The rest of the "cast" are already in my Lady Midnight review.Update on Feelings...I am in the minority here when I say that i am not feeling any chemistry between Emma and Julian... I do not think they are perfect matches. They are such great characters seperately so strong but I dont think they fit together romantically...For some reason I think Christina is a better match for Julian. I love the parbaitai bond between them and how they make a great team but friendship is where it ends. Hmp :/ Julian is such a scary yet well developed and awesome character but I dont feel their spark.spoiler freeLiterally one of the cutest thing i have ever read Mark held up his plastic bag. Inside it, a small orange fish swam around in a circle. “This is the best patrol we’ve ever done,” he said. “I have never been awarded a fish before.” how could you not melt????I finally have it !!!!!!!!!!! My most anticipated book of the year and i may pass out even before i begin djjshdbbi just got a real good close up at the cover and wow is it beautiful. Julian is so so hot/gorgeous! and he is wearing skinny jeans! How did i not notice before??!!!!????$hookGuys just 5 more Days!!!!!!EditWe have a cover! I love it!But maybe they could have put the image of the guy a little closer."Mark was kidnapped by the faeries brutal and bloodthirsty Wild Hunt five years ago. He defied the fey to remain with his family, but the faeries do not relinquish a captive easily. With a new enemy on the horizon and a new mystery to solve, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear before it s too late."There's a lot about Mark in the blurb!!!!!! I can't wait for this!!!!! Can we just like make Mark the MC and be done with it????
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    All the Shadowhunters were beautiful, like moonlight shearing off the edges of broken glass: lovely and deadly. Beautiful things, cruel things, cruel in that way that only people who absolutely believed in the rightness of their cause could be cruel. I’ve been a massive fan of the Shadowhunters books for almost half of my life. I read TMI—the original trilogy—about nine years ago, and have followed each new release since with great anticipation. (I have a vivid memory of bringing a copy of Cit All the Shadowhunters were beautiful, like moonlight shearing off the edges of broken glass: lovely and deadly. Beautiful things, cruel things, cruel in that way that only people who absolutely believed in the rightness of their cause could be cruel. I’ve been a massive fan of the Shadowhunters books for almost half of my life. I read TMI—the original trilogy—about nine years ago, and have followed each new release since with great anticipation. (I have a vivid memory of bringing a copy of City of Bones—you know, that old cover that had Jace’s shirtless chest on it—to the beach one day, and my friend’s mom thinking it was erotica and telling me that she didn’t think that book looked like it was appropriate for me.) I know there are some people who don’t particularly like the fact that CC has continued to write in this universe, but I personally love it. It’s incredible how richly developed and complex the characters and settings become with each book. The Dark Artifices is exploring so many new parts of the Shadowhunter world, and I loved how its plot intertwines with both new and familiar places and characters.First of all, I just want to address why this wasn’t a five-star read for me.As much as I loved Lord of Shadows, I’m docking one star because the pacing and plot were kinda all over the place. (Honestly, if I didn’t already have so much established love for these characters and this world, my rating would probably be closer to 3.5 stars.) It took me a while to really get into the story. Not much seemed to happen for the first third of the book, and the plot was still meandering somewhat aimlessly until the last third AKA when everyone finally got all their shit on the same page and started making sense. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the entire book because these characters are pretty much my life and I could—usually—happily read about them doing anything. BUT I did feel like the beginning of the book was way too focused on catching up on all the characters’ feelings and emotional drama. It took me almost two weeks to read this, which is probably a record for me when it comes to Cassandra Clare books, and I kept putting it down because of the frustrating plotlessness of the first half.Now that I’ve got that off my chest, let’s talk about what I did love.***the rest of this review will contain some minor spoilers***TDA has one of the largest casts of main characters I’ve ever read. It’s been over a year since I read Lady Midnight, so I struggled a bit at first to keep the names of all the Blackthorn kids straight, but I got the hang of it pretty quickly. It’s incredible that despite there being roughly 9 main characters (I’m counting Emma, Cristina, Kieran, and all the Blackthorns excluding Tavvy because he’s too small to count as a real human yet), each person has a well-developed and individual personality. I genuinely loved all of them, which is something I can rarely say about a book. There’s also just so much love between all of the characters and my heart breaks for how much they already have and will continue to sacrifice for each other.As fantastic as each character is, though, there were definitely a few who really stood out in this book.Mark was my favorite, which surprised me because I didn’t remember loving him quite this much in the first book. He’s just such a genuinely good person, but he’s really struggling to figure out where he fits into the Shadowhunter and Faerie worlds. He's trying so hard to be a normal human but he's awkward sometimes (and if that isn’t relatable AF idk what is). Mark has been through so much and faced so much hatred but he still genuinely cares about people and the world and ugh my heart breaks for this boy. One of my absolute favorite parts of this book was Diana’s plotline. This is a non-spoilery review so I won’t go into too many details, but it was heartbreaking to hear about the struggles she’d faced to truly be herself, and how the Clave still blocked her from helping the people she loved. It made my heart so happy that she found someone who she could share her story with, and I’m really looking forward to seeing more of her in the next book.Ty is such a fantastically written and important character. He’s a fifteen-year-old who’s grown up autistic in a world that has little understanding of mental disabilities, and yet he is never presented as anything less than a strong, intelligent, and capable Shadowhunter. The way Kit and Livvy and the rest of the family help him to work around some of the challenges he faces is so kind and considerate and made me cry a couple of times. Kids—and adult—like Ty deserve to be able to read about characters like them, characters who may experience the world differently than most people but are no less capable. Additionally, people who may not have encountered autistic people in their lives also need to read about these characters. Whether we are conscious of it or not, representation influences the way we interact with and understand people who are different from us, and that’s why good representation is so important. It makes all of us better more empathetic humans.Moving on to the relationships in this book……To sum it up, they’re a hot fucking mess. I cannot remember ever reading a book with such tangled romantic relationships between so many different characters. There aren’t really love triangles, there aren't even any kind of recognizable geometric shapes. I'm honestly so stressed about this because I just want all of these amazing characters to be happy but ???? I have absolutely no clue how any of this is going to work out and it’s low-key terrifying.Emma and Julian destroy me, like they care about each other so much and the fact that they can't be together is hurting both of them and I just wanna cry for them because they deserve to be happy with each other and it seems like there is genuinely no solution?? Also Ty and Kit !!!! I know it hasn’t really happened yet so for now they just have a cute friendship but knowing that’s where it’s going and that we’re gonna get more books about them is so exciting!!! And then Mark and Kieran and Cristina have this weird thing where I feel like they all kinda like each other so who tf knows where that’s going, I’d be down for them to have a threesome tho.There were also some wonderful friendships in this book! I love how much Emma and Cristina support each other and help each other through hard times and difficult decisions, and the Ty/Kit/Livvy squad was friendship goals.I absolutely love the fact that the TMI and TID characters appear in this series as well…….but it’s also really scary because if anything happens to my favs I don't even know what I'll do. (Side note: how fucking adorable are Alec and Magnus and their kids I just want them to live a happy life together)Anyway, although the characters and ships were amazing, one of the most powerful aspects of this book for me was its message.I had mixed feelings about Zara as a character when she was introduced. I was frustrated by her at first because she seemed to have been thrown in to fulfill the archetypal role of the bitchy popular girl, but as we got to know her it became clear that she was much more—and much worse—than that. It was incredibly difficult to read about her, because there are unfortunately many people like her who exist in this world: people who spew hatred and prejudice and rhetoric that urges listeners to resist social progress, hearkening back to a so-called age of former glory that never truly existed. It can be easy to disregard them at first, to dismiss these people as simply a fringe group of radicals who won’t actually manage to do anything with their ideas, but this book shows just how far a group like that can rise if they are allowed to continue unchecked. Zara Dearborn (read as: Tomi Lahren's long-lost twin), her father, and their band of followers are dangerous.Cristina (I’m pretty sure this quote was her, please correct me if I’m wrong) sums it up best:"When a decision like that is made by a government, it emboldens those who are already prejudiced to speak their deepest thoughts of hate. They assume they are simply brave enough to say what everyone really thinks.”This book does a really fantastic job of portraying institutionalized racial prejudice, and how terrifyingly easy it is for radical groups to normalize it. Shadowhunters' belief of their superiority over Downworlders and mundanes has been a common theme throughout both TMI and TID, but The Dark Artifices finally tackles this subject head-on. There's talk of creating a registry of Downworlders, of maintaining a distance between them and the Nephilim, supposedly for the benefit and safety of both groups. So many of the main characters' frustrations, anger, and despair in the face of such blatant institutionalized prejudice form a chilling parallel to the current events of our own world. This book makes it abundantly clear that fear and isolation are never the answer, and if—as Kit suggests—you look into how these patterns have played out over the course of mundane history, they almost universally lead to further violence and hatred. Similarly to what I mentioned above about the importance of Ty's character, this plot is important. When we read about these trends in books, we can see the horror and wrongness of them, but it’s often more difficult to address the ones we witness in real life. If an issue doesn’t immediately affect you, it can be easy to remain passive, to disregard it and assume it will blow over. This book reminds us that is not the case, that if such hatred is ignored, the wounds it leaves will only continue to fester. Changing a social stigma starts with individual people, with challenging the assumptions that you and many of the people you know may never have thought to question.I think that's all I have to say, apologies for how insanely long this review was. I have A LOT of thoughts and feelings about this book and this series, so thanks for bearing with me. <3Favorite quotes (obvs somewhat spoilery):"I couldn't keep a fish alive," she said. "I kill plants just by looking at them.""I suspect I would have the same problem," Mark said, eyeing the fish. "It is too bad--I was going to name it Magnus, because it has sparkly scales." There was something about him, something indefinably strange, a trace of the wildness of faerie that never failed to make Emma think of untrammeled, wide-open spaces, of freedom and lawlessness. I am a lost boy, his eyes seemed to say. Find me."There was never anything like a chance of redemption for Sebastian. But it doesn't stop the dreams, does it? In my dreams, I still sometimes see the brother I might have had, in some other world. The one with green eyes. And you might see the friend you had in Malcolm. When people die, our dreams of what they could be die with them. Even if ours is the hand that ends them." "There is truth in stories," said Arthur. "There is truth in one of your paintings, boy, or in a subset or a couplet from Homer. Fiction is truth even if it is not fact. If you believe only in facts and forget stories, your brain will live, but your heart will die.”But you couldn't speak to fear, couldn't tell it the truth: fear lived in your bones. Emma drew Cortana. It flashed like the setting sun, just before it drowned in the sea. So this is the Wild Hunt, he thought. This freedom, this expanse, this ferocity of joy. For the first time, he understood how and why Mark’s choice to stay with his family might not have been an easy one. For the first time he thought in wonder of how much his brother must love him after all, to have given up the sky for his sake.“Everyone is afraid of something. We fear things because we value them. We fear losing people because we love them. We fear dying because we value being alive. Don't wish you didn't fear anything. All that would mean is that you didn't feel anything.”“There's something about a place you've been with someone you love. It takes on a meaning in your mind. It becomes more than a place. It becomes a distillation of what you felt for each other. The moments you spend in a place with someone... they become part of its bricks and mortar. Part of its soul.” Julian sought Mark in the crowd on the steps. He was standing with his hands behind his back, exchanging a mistrustful look with a carved stone garden gnome. “Your pretense does not fool me, gnome,” he muttered. “My eye will be upon you.”“So what’s the Herondale family motto? ‘Chiseled but angsty’?”He shrugged. ‘If you don’t know what your last name is, it’s probably Herondale’?” “I had never realized before how much you can take from someone by not allowing them the words they need to describe themselves.”He caught her by the wrist, brought her hand to his bare chest. Splayed her fingers over his heart. It beat against her palm, like a fist punching its way through his sternum. “Break my heart, he said. “Break it in pieces. I give you permission.”
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  • Caleb
    January 1, 1970
    I finished this a month ago but BOIIII IM HURTIM NOT OKAYPLEASE READ THE SHADOWHUNTER BOOKS
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed my time spent reading this and was sad when it was over. I listened to the audiobook, which is narrated by James Marsters (who played Spike in Buffy) and he did a great job. I laughed at how the political climate in the Shadowhunter world mirrors some U.S. current events. I looooooved the characters of Kit and Ty. Emotional scenes brought the feels. It was fun to revisit locations from Clare's previous series.The one thing I really rolled my eyes at was that the romances got tan I really enjoyed my time spent reading this and was sad when it was over. I listened to the audiobook, which is narrated by James Marsters (who played Spike in Buffy) and he did a great job. I laughed at how the political climate in the Shadowhunter world mirrors some U.S. current events. I looooooved the characters of Kit and Ty. Emotional scenes brought the feels. It was fun to revisit locations from Clare's previous series.The one thing I really rolled my eyes at was that the romances got tangled beyond recognition. I don't even mind love triangles, and I'm fine with these relationships so it's not a huge gripe, it just felt a bit soap opera-ish at times. Clare definitely loves forbidden romances.I also think her books are a tad too long and over-full of details and the audio format is perhaps not the best fit for this story. I noticed that I missed a couple of POV switches, or transitions and was left wondering how the characters got to a new location. That's not the book's fault though, just a side effect of listening to an audiobook while multitasking, but it did influence how I perceived the story. I LOVE the audiobooks of this series though and will probably continue listening to them anyway.
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