Queen of Air and Darkness, by Cassandra Clare

queen of air and darkness cassandra clareSynopsis

What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks.

Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

Genre

Young Adult – Fantasy


My thoughts

This book was probably my most anticipated read of late 2018. So, of course, I started reading it as soon as possible. However, it took me a lot more time to write this review because I wasn’t sure what to say. The fact is, I’m not sure how I feel about Queen of Air and Darkness… Overall I loved reading this book but I was nonetheless disappointed by this conclusion.

I think the only real issue I have with this book is that it’s not up to the greatness of the first two books in the series. Because in all honesty, it’s a great book: the plot is captivating, the characters are simply fantastic (and I adore them) and the author always manages to make us laugh and cry. But given my endless love for Lord of Shadows, this one pales in comparison.

the dark artifices cassandra clare

“As we all have an infinite capacity to make mistakes, we all have an infinite capacity for forgiveness.”

I must also say I had extremely high expectations for this book because Cassandra Clare has always had a gift for series’ finale. City of Heavenly Fire is my favorite book from TMI, and Clockwork Princess is simply one of my favorite books ever.

That being said, I wouldn’t what you to think that Queen of Air and Darkness isn’t a good book, cause it is. I especially loved the Mark, Christina and Kieran storyline. And I hope to see them again really soon. As for Kit and Ty, their story was both moving and frustrating. I loved how much Kit has grown since the beginning of the series. I can’t wait to see both of them again in The Wicked Powers.

Oddly enough, Jules and Emma’s storyline, as fascinating as it was, might be my least favorite of this novel. Perhaps the issue I had with Queen of Air and Darkness was this: too many storylines.

There is not much more I can say without spoiling the book. But I’ll leave you with this: If you have yet to read The Dark Artifices, just go for it. It’s an amazing series and probably Cassandra Clare’s best work. It will always have a special place in my heart.

My rating

4/5

Gaëlle

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