Synopsis: 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?
Genre: Urban Fantasy – Young Adult
My thoughts: Alright, so… I don’t really know how to write this review. It’s been over a week since I’ve finished Lord of Shadows and I am still processing it. I apologize in advance for my lack of coherence throughout this review.
First, I want to express my love for this book and this series in general. I loved this book so much. It was SOOO GOOD. And that’s saying something, considering how much I loved Lady Midnight and how long I’ve been waiting for Lord of Shadows. I cannot say which of the two I love most, but I can tell you that this series might just be my favorite one in the Shadowhunter Chronicles.
I definitely feel like this is the best work Cassandra Clare has ever done. Her writing has clearly evolved and improved a lot since City of Bones. This is, for me, her most complex and thrilling series thus far. And The Dark Artifices also has everything I love in a Cassandra Clare book: action-packed scenes, hilarious moments and bad-ass characters.
“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.”
Compared to Lady Midnight, this second book is really darker and much more oppressing. You can clearly see and understand the consequences of what happened in the first one. And even when I thought I knew where things were heading, I was often wrong. The last few chapters especially caught me off guard, and it was all the more devastating (if you’ve read it, you know).
But what really underlines the talent of Cassie Clare -and one of the reasons why she’s one of my favorite authors- is the balance she manages in this book. Yes, Lord of Shadows very dark at times and the tension is intense, but it is also funny and has some really heart-warming moments. My favorite one is the “last names and mottos” scene, but there were many more. This perfect balance of emotions makes the book even more vivid and it’s one of the reasons why I adored it.
Another one of those reasons is that in Lord of Shadows you could really tell this book and this series are part of a much larger universe. You see many references to previous books as well as cameos and Easter-Eggs. And most importantly, you get a lot of subtle clues for The Last Hours and The Wicked Powers, the next series in the Shadowhunter Chronicles.
“Sometimes the most ruthless heart speaks the most truth”
Finally, I loved the characters and their evolution in Lord of Shadows. In this book, we see another side of Julian, one that was only hinted at during Lady Midnight, and it’s a really interesting development. We also get to know the other characters a little more, with the introductions of new points of views that I really enjoyed. Diana story might be my favorite, but I also loved seeing from Kit’s mind and through Dru’s eyes.
Overall I loved Lord of Shadows more than I thought possible, and I highly recommend you read this series if you haven’t yet. It’s one of Clare’s best work and I cannot way to read its conclusion. Sadly, the way will be torture as Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) doesn’t come out till 2019.
My rating: 5/5
As always I tried my best to write a spoiler-free review, but I’d love to discuss this book in details with you in the comments!
Enjoy your reads,