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!I received a copy of this book from the Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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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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  • Zoë
    January 1, 1970
    Unfortunately, this wasn't as good as the first time I read it - probably because I already knew the ending. It was still an enjoyable read overall, but I was bored at times.Original 5-Star ReviewExcuse me, but WHAT JUST HAPPENED?
  • Claudia Ramírez
    January 1, 1970
    WHAT THE HELL. MY HEART. WHY CASSIE WHY.
  • ✨ jamieson ✨
    January 1, 1970
    REREAD QUICK NOTES➙ I would definitely die for Emma. A queen. We stan. ➙ I still adore Julian with all my heart but he scares me EVEN MORE➙ Ty's letter makes me CRY jhgkjdfhkjfgkdfjghdfk➙ "my dream is that we all get to go back to the institute together and be a family" Cassandra that was cruel➙ I HAVE SO MANY QOAAD THEORIES CAN'T WAIT FOR THEM TO ALL BE WRONG➙ Ok ..... I kinda hate Kieran less? Still aint a fave tho :/➙ MARK IS SO PRECIOUS IN THIS BOOK LMFKJLFGS➙ Alec Lightwood remains iconic, REREAD QUICK NOTES➙ I would definitely die for Emma. A queen. We stan. ➙ I still adore Julian with all my heart but he scares me EVEN MORE➙ Ty's letter makes me CRY jhgkjdfhkjfgkdfjghdfk➙ "my dream is that we all get to go back to the institute together and be a family" Cassandra that was cruel➙ I HAVE SO MANY QOAAD THEORIES CAN'T WAIT FOR THEM TO ALL BE WRONG➙ Ok ..... I kinda hate Kieran less? Still aint a fave tho :/➙ MARK IS SO PRECIOUS IN THIS BOOK LMFKJLFGS➙ Alec Lightwood remains iconic, that roast was off this charts good➙ JEM AND TESSA NEED TO COME BACKoriginal reviewyes, 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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  • 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
    Read 2 | January 2019hi I am practically deceased and this is a ghost of a fury screaming from the grave for absolutely ever. omgggg this book. omg. I'm wildly and intoxicatingly fond of this series (WOULD DIE FOR MARK) and the absolute way it's just captured me??? 10/10 would suffer for The Dark Artifices forever thanks.My most notable thoughts thru this reread are (besides a general ajfJKALDSFD WHY IS IT PERFECT ON EVERY PAGE) is how much I freaking adore the autistic rep for Ty (it. is. accur Read 2 | January 2019hi I am practically deceased and this is a ghost of a fury screaming from the grave for absolutely ever. omgggg this book. omg. I'm wildly and intoxicatingly fond of this series (WOULD DIE FOR MARK) and the absolute way it's just captured me??? 10/10 would suffer for The Dark Artifices forever thanks.My most notable thoughts thru this reread are (besides a general ajfJKALDSFD WHY IS IT PERFECT ON EVERY PAGE) is how much I freaking adore the autistic rep for Ty (it. is. accurate), that I am in a knot about Kieran/Mark and they better end up with Cristina. Both of them ok. How Julian and Emma break and rebuild me. JULIAN, ANXIOUS FATHER OF FOUR. How I feel sorry for...Annabel.anyway. I must go now and nOT BREATHE until I finish qoaad.*:·゚✧*:·゚✧Read 1 | June 2017ALL 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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  • Beatrice in Bookland
    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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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    1.) City of Bones ★★★2.) City of Ashes ★★3.) City of Glass ★★★1.) Clockwork Angel ★★★4.) City of Fallen Angels ★2.) Clockwork Prince ★★★★5.) City of Lost Souls ★★★★3.) Clockwork Princess ★★★★★6.) City of Heavenly Fire ★★★★★*.) The Bane Chronicles ★★★*.) Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy ★★★1.) Lady Midnight ★★★★★ “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.” First and foremost, I am so thankful fo 1.) City of Bones ★★★2.) City of Ashes ★★3.) City of Glass ★★★1.) Clockwork Angel ★★★4.) City of Fallen Angels ★2.) Clockwork Prince ★★★★5.) City of Lost Souls ★★★★3.) Clockwork Princess ★★★★★6.) City of Heavenly Fire ★★★★★*.) The Bane Chronicles ★★★*.) Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy ★★★1.) Lady Midnight ★★★★★ “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.” First and foremost, I am so thankful for Julian Blackthorn and I would do anything in the world to ensure that boy’s life is filled with nothing but all the happiness in the entire galaxy. I won’t lie, I didn’t enjoy LoS as much as LM. I honestly just loved LM with my entire heart and soul and I think the hype for the LoS ending just left this book off on a sour note for me, but I’ll talk more about that in my spoiler section at the end of this review! But holy moly, friends, I did it, I read thirteen Cassie Clare books in the last six months and I can finally read Queen of Air and Darkness with you all!So, LoS picks up two weeks after the events of LM, and everything feels like it is in chaos mode. We have fake relationships, we have people thinking they might die, there are mini wars brewing all over, things are honestly wild. But the scariest thing is the gang being unable to locate a particular dead body.Throughout the book we get to see not only the Los Angeles Institute, but also the London institute, and be still my TID loving heart. And we get to see another Shadow Market that has been making me more interested in the activities that go on at these locations! But a lot of very dark things are going on in the Shadowhunter world. (I’m trying so hard to be spoiler-free, friends!)This book really highlights how generations of hate, bigotry, and fascist thinking easily gets passed down. I feel like a constant issue in this entire overarching series has been many Shadowhunters feeling like they are superior to the Fae, the Vampires, the Werewolves, and the Warlocks. I mean, they even call them Downworlders. But LoS really shows the hatred, and there are a group of people that actually even want the other paranormal beings to register just for being what they are. And this book talks about how fear mongering and hate speech can quickly turn into something so very ugly, and something so very hard to stop. I for sure think Cassie Clare pulls a lot of inspiration from history, but also current day, and some of the things in this book are really hard to read, because I know that there are actual human beings in our world that feel this way about other human beings. So, please use caution. And content and trigger warnings for talk of cancer, loss of a loved one, bigoted comments, hate speak, death of a child, death in general, torture, PTSD depiction, graphic blood depiction, sacrificial ritual, slavery, trafficking, captivity, battle scenes, and war themes.I do want to take a minute to talk about how Cassie Clare and this world really are getting more and more inclusionary and this book honestly impressed me. Not only did we get the actual word “autistic” on page for Ty, we also got a trans character who now owns my entire heart. I feel like Cassie does a good job giving us with characters from all different races, even though there is always room to be more inclusive. And I think she’s getting a better at body rep and disability rep, too. But, Alec is still gay, Magnus is still bi, and they are prospering like the bright shining light that they are. Mark is still bi, I’m praying to every God and angel that Kieran will be pan (but he could be bi, too), and I even feel like we are going to get another queer relationship brewing on our hands. And I truly believe that Cassie Clare is going to give us the polyamorous relationship of my dreams, too. The blessings, friends, the blessings.I will say that I’m side eyeing a bit because we are going to get two main m/m relationships and (so far) have only seen a m/m relationship, that better turn into a f/m/m relationship. So, that’s three m/m relationships, when the f/f relationships we get is literally exiled and just mentioned in the background every once in a while. Feels bad, man, feels really bad. Give me a sapphic main relationships that isn’t hidden in the background, you cowards. I don’t ask for much, okay? And you all know I’m always here for queer rep, and I honestly do love all the men in these m/m relationships, but when a cis woman is writing them, and not giving us f/f in the spotlight too, it feels a little like fetishizing.Overall, it is really hard to talk about non-spoiler things in this section! But I really did love this book, even if I didn’t love it as much as LM. I just truly think that Cassie Clare is getting more and more talented as an author, and I expect she is going to give us the entire world with QoAaD. Like, I am so hyped that I predict it will make my top five of 2018. And again, I just want to thank every person, Shadowhunter fan or not, who has had to listen to me scream and gush over these books for the last six months. It was such an experience, but one that I’m truly so thankful that I was able to have. And it was such a bright shining light in my 2018.Please use caution reading the rest of this review if you have not read this book and all the series leading up to this book! And as always, I’m going to do a little mini character breakdown on my thoughts and feelings on all the main characters in this book. Spoilers ahead!(Art by Haunted Duck Princess!)➽ Emma Carstairs - My hero, my savior, my everything, my Mortal Sword slaying queen. Damn. And the fact that she decided to be honest with Julian this book, proving again how she is one of the best character in all of literature? The blessings. I would die for this girl.➽ Julian Blackthorn - No words, only tears. And the one-liners that Cassandra Clare gave him? Breathtaking, so damn breathtaking. Also, Julian proves over and over how much I love soft main characters, and that you can be soft and still be brave and strong. Ahhh, I honestly can’t even coherently talk about this boy. “Because if you threw me away and everything we had, it had better be for something that meant more to you” ➽ Mark Blackthorn - I better get…➽ Cristina Rosales - …my polyamorous relationship…➽ Kieran - …or I will riot.➽ Jessamine Lovelace - I am still screaming. Ahhh! What damn character development this girl has gone through. I was showing heart-eyes at every mention, but when Kit was finally able to see and interact with her? Pure joy. Love, love, love.➽ Kit Rook / Christopher Herondale - Okay, he’s growing on me. I feel like that’s the real Herondale curse, it takes a couple of books for me to fall in love with them. But when he snapped on Zara about Magnus with Alec? That added five years to my life, I swear.➽ Tiberius Blackthorn - Oh my poor, sweet boy. He is going to blame himself so hard because of the letter he wrote to Annabel and it is going to gut me.➽ Livvy Blackthorn - No words that I’m going to string together are going to be good enough, but it breaks my heart that this poor child has only known a life of war, loss, and destruction. Has never really been around other kids, had other friendships, has never known love but the love of her family, and now she never will. Honestly, it breaks my heart.➽ Dru Blackthorn - I just love Dru so much and I think she is such an important character, because she’s really the first character to not only be plus-sized, but to talk about body image and relationships with food, especially how she feels people perceive her with food. I can’t wait to see more of Dru, and I’d only love a spin-off from her point of view. Also, that teleport? That fae boy? I’m thinking the worst, and the best, about whose love child that is.➽ Octavian Blackthorn - I feel like we didn’t get to see Tavvy as much in this book, but my heart still always bleeds for this boy who has really only known a life of war.➽ Magnus Bane - Um, this man better be okay and quick, because his death would be the one that would undo me.➽ Alec Lightwood - When Alec put Zara in her place, and told her how lucky he would be to have Magnus love him forever, I was crying. So perfect, and it meant so much coming from everything that happened in TMI. But my heart is also mending and rebreaking, because he is building this amazing family with Magnus and living the life he wants, but he just keeps losing people. Him yelling for his dad. More tears, friends, all the tears.➽ Zara Dearborn - This bitch and her entire hateful family and friends, like, no words. Trying to register Downworlders? Disgusting. I hate her more than any other Shadowhunter villain, I swear to God.➽ Diego Rosales - I don’t even care about the heirloom. But if he hurts Kiren…. Boy, bye!➽ Jaime Rosales - This storyline was so sus. Boy, what? “I had never realized before how much you can take from someone by not allowing them the words they need to describe themselves.” ➽ Diana Wrayburn - God is a woman, and her name is Diana Wrayburn. I completely acknowledge that Cassie Clare is a cis woman, but Diana coming out to Gwyn as trans was one of the most beautiful things I’ve read all year. I was crying the happiest and the saddest tears at the same time, but it really made Diana one of my favorite characters in the entire Shadowhunter universe. And that quote above? That’s the best sentence that Cassie Clare has ever written. Ever.➽ Gwyn - And when Daddy Gwyn got down on his kness and told Diana that she was the strongest woman to ever walk on this Earth? Lord, I’m still swooning and will be forever. Perfection. And talk about a fucking OTP. The blessings.➽ Catarina Loss - Talk about the most underrated character in this entire series. Like, what a damn gem to the Shadowhunters. From saving babies, to making people not feel alone, to being a good friend, this woman is a gift from the actual angels. And I’m so scared because I know she is at Scholomance, but I am ready to protect her with my entire life.➽ Arthur Blackthorn - Okay, I feel so horrible for saying this, but I was so happy that he sacrificed himself so none of the Blackthorns would be killed… at that moment. Shit, now I’m crying again.➽ Jon Cartwright - Legit cannot believe I read all of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy for this dude to just get decapitated and it never talked about again.➽ Malcolm Fade - I cannot believe this dude just got shanked after the resurrection. I honestly spit water. I still cannot believe it. But no body = no death is proven again. But I wasn’t expecting the demon murloc version.➽ Annabel - Give me all those morally grey villains. Like, I know I shouldn’t like her, but I’m honestly living for her. I know I also shouldn’t lust for revenge, but good lord do I want to see this girl get some peace, rest, and happiness.➽ The Unseelie King - I honestly like him as a villain a lot, too. I mean, he is obviously more chaotic evil than Annabel, but I can’t wait for the full story to come out with him and Malcom and the Black Volume of the Dead. Actually, I just can’t wait to learn more about the Black Volume of the Dead anyway.➽ The Seelie Queen - You know this bitch isn’t up to anything good. And if the weapon that Sebastian Morgenstern “left behind” is a baby with the Seelie Queen, I’m going to scream forever.➽ Clary Fairchild - Are we just going to act like she didn’t tell Emma that she thinks she is going to die? Like, my heart. I can fucking not deal with this information still. And honestly? I don’t want to see Jace in a world where Clary dies, because it is not going to be pretty.➽ Robert Lightwood - Okay, but what are Emma and Julian going to do now? *prays forever*Like, for real, what in the world are Emma and Julian going to do now, since Robert was their only hope really. I mean, are all parabatai bonds going to be broken now? I kind of think they are going to, and that’s really going to change the game, and put a lot of warriors are disadvantages. Again, the Clave is so wild for letting kids make life altering choices at twelve, because look at this mess.Okay, I know I touched upon it a bit above in the breakdowns, but let’s talk about the ending of this book. I’ll be honest, I didn’t love it. With the reactions that the end of this book gets, I really thought it was going to be either Clary, Julian, or Emma dying. Or even Julian and Emma spiraling into darkness because of the parabatai curse. But, no, Cassie Clare does what every single YA author does to evoke emotion from their readers, while still protecting the core cast that everyone loves. Like, they will never kill the main characters, just characters close to them, so we can be sad for them. Am I sad that Robert died? No. Am I sad that Alec has already lost so many and so much and now has to lose his father too? Yeah, extremely. Am I sad that Livvy died? Eh. Am I said that Ty is going to feel responsible and going to hate himself for it? And that Julian feels like he failed while refusing to let go of the corpse of his baby sister? Yeah, fuck yeah. So, I just have mixed feelings on the ending if I’m being really honest. And everyone else is all like, “YES QUEEN! SO BRAVE!” but I’m over here just side-eyeing and really not impressed. And I don’t even want to talk about the possibility of Livvy dying so that “kitty” can prosper. Friends, I’m tired. But when that clock chimed after her death, (in my eyes) to signify her going to Heaven? Okay, maybe I’m weeping.Plus, these grown adults that are running the Clave and this meeting and just going to let fascist teens be outspoken with their hate speech? Like, Jia Penhallow should have been shutting that shit down and throwing people out, not warning them. And I’m not entirely sure if Zara isn’t able to hold the Mortal Sword, because I’m not sure if people that attended Scholomance and became Centurions are considered Shadowhunters, but if so I can’t believe that people were taking her obvious lies as facts and not making her hold the sword. But instead they make an obviously emotional, resurrected girl, who is showing signs of PTSD, to forcefully hold a weapon of immense power. No words, friends. But the ending of this book was a shitshow and I honestly wasn’t impressed.And where the hell are Clary and Jace (besides taking a nap in a field Bella and Edward style, apparently) or Simon and Izzy? Why aren’t they are this Clave meeting? I am scared, friends. What are these kids up to? I need answers.But let’s also talk about how Cortana has just been absorbing the power of all these things that it is cutting through. And now that bitch just cut through the Mortal Sword. That shock that Emma felt run up her arm? I’m more scared, friends. I can’t deal with this information. I really need answers. “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” So, what’s up with Magnus and the warlocks getting sick? Hold me, I’m scared. I know we are probably going to find out in Ghosts of the Shadow Market, but still, my heart is hurting already.Okay, let’s talk about happier things. You know, things that had me screaming and living my best life. Malcom’s abandoned cottage. You all, I was whispering “risk it all” to my book as a mantra. I really believe that Julian and Emma have made it into my top five OTPs of all time, and I have no idea how this happened. But from Julian writing “I-A-M-R-U-I-N-E-D” to him giving Emma permission to break his heart, I was hollering like a banshee. I feel like I died and was resurrected myself in that cabin and I am already craving to reread those scenes. I’m a mess, friends. And if they don’t get a happy ending, I will riot. Also, pan culture is loving both Emma and Julian. Facts only here. “Break my heart. Break it in pieces. I give you permission.” (Art by Cassandra Jean!)Also, I was loving every second that Mark, Cristina, Emma, and Jules spent in Faerie; both Unseelie and Seelie courts. Seeing glimpses of Faerie in TMI was always a highlight for me, but being fully emerged and on an adventure with these four? So much happiness. From Emma getting picked champion, to them each being told a secret, to magical bonds, to hidden visions, I loved it all. And I hope we get to see a lot more of Faerie in QoAaD! And like, did the Unseelie King teleport Annabel to Faerie at the end because of the half crown symbol? I highkey hope so.Lastly, we finally got to see my favorites, Aline and Helen, and they better be such a big part of QoAaD now that they are finally back. I read thirteen huge books by Cassie Clare in the last six months, I deserve not only a sapphic relationship in the forefront, but seeing an Asian girl get the Fae girl of her dreams. Thank you for coming to my TED Talk.(Art by Rikki the Artist!)Okay, friends, I’m off to read the first eight stories in Ghosts of the Shadow Market, while waiting for Queen of Air and Darkness, because I am so in love with this series that I need everything. I don’t know how you all waited over a year after this book, but you all are the bravest souls on this Earth.Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch
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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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  • 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 BlackthornSecond read thoughtsI still love this, probably more the second time around, out of the trilogy this is hands down my favourite! Pre 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 StarsQueen of Air and Darkness - 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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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    “When a decision is made by the 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 did not come to play. (Also I'm boosting this back up to a five because I don't give a shit) ➽E M M A A N D J U L I A N I will actually admit that, sadly, I did not like Emma and Julian’s dynamic… quite as much in this book. I think the tension between them read,, just a littl “When a decision is made by the 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 did not come to play. (Also I'm boosting this back up to a five because I don't give a shit) ➽E M M A A N D J U L I A N I will actually admit that, sadly, I did not like Emma and Julian’s dynamic… quite as much in this book. I think the tension between them read,, just a little dragged out in the wrong ways? I think this tension actually would have felt more interesting had Emma come close to confessing her feelings in book one, but not actually done so. Here, I just felt like the arc of their dynamic from book one was simply being repeated.I’m really into three-act structure, so here’s my recommendation: some kind of release of tension for them at the end of the first act (in the actual book, this would be when they’re in faerie); they actually get together for the first time at the end of the second act (this does occur in the actual book, but their motivations up until then feel, idk, muddied?) And the entire decision Julian and Emma make about the Clave just seems… I don’t know. (view spoiler)[SPOILER: I don’t think the authorial decision for them to actually confess particularly works. (hide spoiler)]But ah well. I mean, it's fine. I like them both too much as characters to have any reaction but ://////// sadness ://///// ➽K I E R A N, M A R K, C H R I S T I N A This is still my favorite dynamic of this series and I’m actually incredibly happy it got so much pagetime and uhhhhh buildup we'll go with that. I cried again because I'm me and this makes me so so fucking sad. The Reveals And The Explanations As To A Certain Character's Motivations Had Such Energy And Power I Am Shook. The only (well) love triangle I’ve ever supported or stanned and I would really really like my wishes & hopes & dreams to be validated when they all get together in book three !!!!!!!! ➽A L L T H E O T H E R C H A R A C T E R S FUCK DUDE I LOVE KIT AND TY TOO MUCH they're so pure and good and honestly the only thing in this book that didn't make me sad. We love two disasters!!!!!!!!!OH 💝FUCK 💗 💓 💖💕💞 💞 OH 💘💖💝 FUCK💖 💕💖 💘 Sorry guys 💘💖 💕 💝 I’m dropping my love💗for Diana Wrayburn 💕💖 💝💗💞💘 💘💖 all over the 💘💞 💕💖 💕💞💖💘 💘place 💖 💘💗 💞💝 💝💕uhhhhhhhhhhh yeah I think that's my point made i mean. i only full-on cried inconsolable tears once while reading this book and it was at a thing she said. oh and I really just wanted to input my absolute favorite post because I think it's important now:thanks for coming to my Ted Talk. Kit is my favorite character and I would die for him ➽K E Y S M A S H I N G **this is not spoiler free, you have now exited the spoiler free section, i swear to god you do not want to read this if you don't want spoilers →can i just say, i am a full member of the Clave hate team? yes? thanks→Christina thinking that it’s Diego’s fault for cheating, not Zara’s fault for existing, like the true feminist icon she is→Zara Dearborn being the most accurate Trump allegory I’ve ever read→“cool” -Kit, with a combination of sarcasm and lack of giving a shit→Ty telling Kit he needs him specifically to start a detective agency in possibly the funniest & sweetest scene I’ve ever read→“I’m not going to be anyone’s Watson” -Kit, five minutes before becoming Ty’s Watson→ “you want to pencil it into your day planner under never going to happen?” -Emma being way too iconic→the drawing-letters-on-back thing that Julian and Emma have is too intimate I hate it→ “we’ll forget-” “will we?” →“Kieran of your heart”→ “if he could’ve saved Kieran he would have. but he would not risk his brother.” -Julian being too soft→GWYN HITTING ON DIANA WAS SO GOOD IM CRYING→Julian beefing with Zara was honestly so good every single time someone dragged her I had 40 years added to my life“like her opinions are facts”→ “stupid hot people won’t let me go home and get my stuff” →“maybe you'll meet a hot fairy guy” “maybe i will” -Emma and Christina, approximately ten minutes before Christina develops a crush on her other crush’s ex. foreshadowing at its finest→“they don’t seem to understand what autism is” -Kit spilling the TRUE TEA of this series→“please i need” → “so is this a chest bump situation or an oh my god what are we going to do situation” → “you could not have chosen a better face to wear” -Kieran, thinking that he’s about to die, and Mark is a literal angel taking him away,,, →all of Kieran’s dialogue in this book was too sad i absolutely hate everything→ “i killed my own father. you think i won’t kill your son?” -Julian being an absolutely terrifying morally grey asshole who I would probably hide from→ “why did the universe hate him?” -Julian when his crush looks pretty. the duality of man→“no stealing covers” “i would never” → “most of them had been scribbled in by some idiot named Will H” →the fact that Zara pulled out the phrase “silent majority” because she’s a bitch like that →“i’m sure many people find you hilarious” “they DO” → “binding is not love. he should love me freely.” →that thing Emma said where she was like “I thought I’d be okay… because you’d be okay, and if I was sad forever it’d be all right” I have never been more sad in my life→Magnus walking in on everyone: the motif is my favorite in-joke of this series and I would like it never to die→okay gonna be real with you guys I did not cry during this book much. but there was a scene in here that got me SO BAD and you know what it was? THAT SCENE WHERE DIANA WAS TALKING ABOUT CHOOSING HER OWN NAME I WAS... CRYING MY FUCKING ASS OFF. I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW YALL READ THAT AND DIDN’T CRY→ “I never realized how much you can take from someone by not allowing them the words they need to describe themselves. How can you know that there are other people like you when you’ve never had a name to call yourself?” →on that note, no more discourse allowed, Gwyn and Diana are the true unproblematic pairing of this series, and I would give my actual life for them→ “I knew that you were the bravest woman to set foot on this earth. I regret only that such a fearless soul as you was ever hurt by the ignorance and fear of others.” →can I just reiterate, Clave hate team→“she is easy to love” -Kieran. please stop. please stop being like this. why are you all like this→ “even in his choice of lovers my son gravitates to the enemies of his people. what does that say about him?” “that he knows better than you who his people are?” -i know this verbal wrecking thing is cliche but i don’t give one single shit about it this was. iconic→that moment where Kieran remembers everything is,,,,,,,,, THE worst I want to die I want to die I want to die. the second time I teared up in this book→and…… I would miss you -Kit, yet another chaotic bisexual Herondale trying his hardest→you would? -Ty, a young gay also trying his hardest→why is he blushing? -Kit’s internal monologue. help him→“he really did have a thing for dark hair” -Mark. Mark seriously. shut up. why are you all like this part two→“hot fairy threesome” -a thing Emma actually says, and a thing Christina does a really terrible job shooting down. why are you all like this, part three→……….HE THOUGHT HE WAS SAVING HIS LIFE HAJSJKSKSKSKJSHDJDJSKSKKEKDKDJDJJEUH AGAIN, WHY’D THIS BOOK HAVE TO DO ME LIKE THIS→ “I thought you had come to save me because you love me” “I do love you. but it is a complicated love.” -we LOVE calling out durress and odd dynamics in relationships→That Bit Where Julian Finally Finds Out His Siblings Appreciate And Adore Him And Just Didn’t Think He Ever Doubted How Much He Was Loved. Wow Do I Enjoy Crying→i know i’ve said this Julian is such a terrifying morally grey manipulative little shit I love him→Julian understanding Anabelle through art made me emotional→WHEN HELEN AND ALINE SHOW UP WITH DIANA….. the THIRD time i teared up also the three of them walking in together? invented queer girl solidarity. you can’t change my mind because I’m right→on a side note I actually did get unnaturally happy every time the terminology “her wife” was used within this book. my sapphic ass was blessed→and then there’s this next chapter, which i basically just had me like this for twenty minutes straight→“you’ve got talent, real talent” “you think so?” “god no. go sit with Zara”→that awful awful awful thing Zara said to Alec and Alec’s response being so fantastically fucking terrifying I WAS→ “this is what i want and what i have chosen. how dare you tell me it’s a tragedy. magnus never pretended. he never tried to fool me into thinking it would be easy. choosing magnus is one of the easiest things i’ve ever done. i expect you meant to be rude and cruel, but i doubt you wanted to sound stupid as well.”“what makes you so sure?”“because he’s 300 times the human being you’ll ever be.” →*turn down for what playing in the background*→and then i thought it was over and then THIS SHIT → “you have to force it on the rest of us.” “really? you all have to sleep with Magnus Bane? how exciting for you” -this was literally the FUNNIEST LINE i went back and played it like eight times i was laughing so hard→…………...I got spoiled for the ending but also i REALLY don’t want to talk about it my dark artifices reviews: book one | book two | book threeBlog | Goodreads | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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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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  • chloe ✨
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars*I have FEELINGS
  • 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 ling
    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Helena of Sparta ✰
    January 1, 1970
    I HATE EVERYTHING!!!What? How? What? WHY?!This book was absolutely phenomenal......Until the last two chapters. Now, I’m an emotional mess. Absolutely distraught. How could this happen?!!! I’m actually crying right now. I hate everyone who told me to read this. Jemma is one of my all time favourite ships. Kitty has definitely grown on me. I can’t believe that I actually enjoy the “hot faerie threesome” now? I stand by the opinion that Jem-Will-Tessa would’ve been a threesome if Cassie had writte I HATE EVERYTHING!!!What? How? What? WHY?!This book was absolutely phenomenal......Until the last two chapters. Now, I’m an emotional mess. Absolutely distraught. How could this happen?!!! I’m actually crying right now. I hate everyone who told me to read this. Jemma is one of my all time favourite ships. Kitty has definitely grown on me. I can’t believe that I actually enjoy the “hot faerie threesome” now? I stand by the opinion that Jem-Will-Tessa would’ve been a threesome if Cassie had written the Infernal Devices today. I feel GIPPED! Also, Gwyn and Diana are absolutely adorable. BUT MY HEART!!!Poor Julian. Poor Emma. Poor Mark. Poor Ty. Poor Drusilla. Poor Tavvy. Poor Christina. Poor Magnus. Poor Alec. Poor Isabelle. Poor Simon. Poor Max. Poor Rafe. Poor Maryse. Poor Clary. Poor Jace. POOR EVERYONE!ZARA AND HORACE CAN BURN IN THE FIERY DEPTHS OF HELL!!!Needless to say, I’ll be picking up Queen of Air and Darkness ASAP!RTC!
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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.
  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 starsReread Jan 2019 (mostly)I reread this in preparation for QOAAD and it was just as good as I remembered! I still favor Lady Midnight of the trilogy (but i also haven’t read QOAAD yet i KNOW). Also, based on quite a few things in this book, I’m CONVINCED that Julian is a 9 exhibiting a lot of 6 stress types (this is all related to the enneagram so if you don’t know what that is….google it and JOIN US)MY HEART. I AM SHOOK TO MY CORE. (I'm only partially shook because I kinda saw the end 4.5/5 starsReread Jan 2019 (mostly)I reread this in preparation for QOAAD and it was just as good as I remembered! I still favor Lady Midnight of the trilogy (but i also haven’t read QOAAD yet i KNOW). Also, based on quite a few things in this book, I’m CONVINCED that Julian is a 9 exhibiting a lot of 6 stress types (this is all related to the enneagram so if you don’t know what that is….google it and JOIN US)MY HEART. I AM SHOOK TO MY CORE. (I'm only partially shook because I kinda saw the end coming so)I loved this but not nearly as much as Lady Midnight. I just want more Emma & Julian! But this really brought a lot of amazing characters (KIT MY BBY) and a lot of character development and learning more about characters from the previous book and I just....my heart. 😭
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  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    time to reread this and cry all over again!!!also i feel like i'm enjoying this so much more the second time around??--------------------------- 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 time to reread this and cry all over again!!!also i feel like i'm enjoying this so much more the second time around??--------------------------- 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. And Diana!!! It made my heart so happy to see a black trans woman being an absolute icon, I would like her to officially adopt me pls and thank u. Ty is also 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 adults—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. 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 v sweet 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.....I will go down with this ot3, I will accept nothing less than polyamory in QoAaD.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 Lauren's long-lost twin), her father, and their band of followers are dangerous.Mark (I’m pretty sure this quote was him, 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 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 current eventsd. 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. 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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