Happy Lord of Shadows release day! As you might know, for some reason unknown to me, I received my copy of the book eleven days ago. Back then I was still in the middle of Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy and my reread of Lady Midnight, so I only started reading three days ago. Let me tell you something: Lord of Shadows is absolutely incredible. I’ll tell you all about it in my spoiler free review!
“We get used to living one way, even if it’s a bad way or a hard one. When that’s gone, there’s a hole to fill. It’s in our nature to try to fill it with anxieties and fears. It can take time to fill it with good things instead.”
This hasn’t really got anything to do with Lord of Shadows, but I’d just like to mention how much better my reading experience got after reading Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. There are so many background stories in TFTSA that make the Dark Articifes trilogy so much more fun! I’ll have a review of TFTSA up soon!
Now let’s get into the book, specifically the ending! Because it makes total sense to START with the ENDING, ha! I genuinely think this is the best Shadowhunter book ending yet. I was so terribly shocked and although it broke my heart, I couldn’t cry! Because again, so much shock! It wasn’t anything like ACOMAF, but it still left me feeling… off. In a good way!
Plotwise, Lord of Shadows is incredibly well done. Questions I still had about Lady Midnight were answered and other than the questions I had after the shocking end, I don’t think I have any new ones! LoS is told from a whole lot of different perspectives. And this is something I love about the Shadowhunter Chronicles! But with just the size of the Blackthorn family, this could’ve been very messy and wrong in lots of different ways. Fortunately, this was’t the case at all! It was action-packed on all fronts, but never confusing or weird. It was very intense, but that’s what made it so incredible.
I need to be like really vague for this next part, because there’s something I do not like but don’t want to spoil either. Basically, there’s a lot of conflict in this world. And that’s alright (I mean, all of TID and TMI was full of conflict, it’s necessary for a book!) But a real, bad historic event was used, or recreated, whatever you’d like to call it. And I’m kind of not okay with that? So many horrible things happened because of this certain thing I’m sad it’s used in this way. And although there is one character who sort of mentions it, I’m not sure what to think about it.
I’ve said it in my review of Lady Midnight and I’ll say it again: the Blackthorn family is absolutely wonderful. Them, plus the other characters in the Dark Artifices are so important to this story. One thing is funny though: I was so in love with Julian. And that’s just sort of… gone? I’m not sure, I think he just really annoys me sometimes. This time around, I actually loved the younger ones. Especially Ty and Livvy Plus one other character I’m not going to name because SPOILERS! But I really loved Dru and Tavvy as well. ALSO, I could finally keep them all apart! (In Lady Midnight, this was such a stuggle, ha!) The return of quite a few TMI characters was amazing as well! We got an entirely new look at them and it made me so happy! But that’s all I’m going to say as this is a spoiler free review!
Since there are some things I’m doubtful about, I will only rate this 4 our of 5! You’ll have to read the spoiler section of my Goodreads review if you really want to know why. I’m actually so heartbroken by the fact that we’ll to wait till 2019 for Queen of Air & Darkness! Oh my goodness… Someone help me get through this!
About Lord of Shadows
Sunny Los Angeles can be a dark place indeed in Cassandra Clare’s Lord of Shadows, the sequel to the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Lady Midnight. Lord of Shadows is a Shadowhunters novel.
Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?
And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.
Are you excited to read Lord of Shadows?