Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) ★★★★★

4.5 stars

I waited so long for this book and I was so happy I got it when I did. The week after I got this book I was incredibly stressed out so it took me a while to actually get invested in it but once I did I couldn’t stop. This book was one that I would read a big chunk from and then once I put it down to do other things, I forgot to pick it up. The great thing about this book is that no matter when I picked it up, it was always interesting and I could get right back into the flow of the book.

Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Review: 

It’s no surprise that I loved another Cassandra Clare book! This book was always daunting to pick back up because even though I love thick books, I always felt that it was something I would never finish. I knew of course, that I would, in fact, finish this book but sometimes it was just a lot to look at.

Jesus this book was amazing and even though I read it in chunks of about 200 pages, I was thinking about it almost constantly. I find myself doing this with every Cassandra Clare book and I’m definitely okay with it because I love the heck out of all the characters.

I loved the relationship between Emma and Christina in this book because they both are the first real girl friendship pairing that has been in one of Clare’s books. I know you technically have Clary and Issy but this just feels different to me and I really loved that. Christina is defiantly one of the most interesting characters to read about and I really love her and how she deals with Diego, Mark and a certain someone who I won’t mention in order to keep this spoiler free.

I’m not going to say much about Emma and Julian because certain things that I could mention would spoil the book for you. I will say that I am happy about the direction that their relationship was going but now I don’t know what’s going to happen. Their relationship has always been one I’ve loved and this book only further solidified that love, even if it is a really really bad thing.

There WAS SO MUCH DEATH! Towards the end, so many characters that I loved died (by so many I mean more than one) and I couldn’t handle that!! I didn’t cry but wow was it a sad book. I don’t like books in a series that all end happily but this is so much worse! I don’t think I’m going to be in a slump but wow if I wasn’t traveling I bet I would be.

I’d definitely recommend reading any of Clare’s books and this book is no exception. I really like how characters from each of her series interact with each other because then you never really lose those you love. I would say that if you haven’t read The Infernal Devices or The Mortal Instruments you should definitely start there in order to gain a better understanding of the world and the characters!!

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