Author: Cassandra Clare Publisher: Walker Books Release Date: May 23rd 2017 Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance Pages: 700 --- 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. --- Yeah… I am not okay and I’m not sure I ever will be. I don’t want to start with mentioning the ending, but it just too brutal not to be acknowledged. Because, oh my God. I’m wholly devastated.
I thought it would be hard for Cassie to live up to the beauty that is Lady Midnight, but with Lord of Shadows she managed to do it without fail. I cannot get these characters out of my head. One of my favourite things about Lord of Shadows is that it extended the focus onto several other characters – such as Ty, Kit, Dru and Diana. And I’m glad it did, because I now have an undying love for both Drusilla and Diana. There are so many ships within The Dark Artifices too!! Ty and Kit, my babies, Julian and Emma, Mark and Kieran!! (I love Cristina don’t get me wrong, but I don’t want her to end up with Mark)
The plot was so fantastically engaging and I love how Cassie incorporates so much mystery into all of her works that just leave her books incapable of being left alone. You just have to keep reading to find out what’s going to happen next, which I think is a skill of hers that she uses quite amazingly.
I also love the subtle references to Cassie’s other series, and the cameos from characters from The Mortal Instruments. It’s a great way to show how each series connects in the Shadowhunter world. This was definitely worth the wait and I kind of (like always) regret devouring it as soon as it was my hands because I seriously do not know how I’m going to survive two more years…
5 out of 5 stars for my most anticipated read of 2017!! Bring on Queen of Air and Darkness !!