Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

33336580Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices, book 2
Genre: Fantasy
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 699
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★★★
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
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.

First of all, I LOVE this cover. It is so beautiful in person, especially when the light catches it in the right way.

This book was such an amazing sequel. It made me fall in love with all the characters even more than I did in the first book. Livvy and Ty became my favourite characters during this book. I just love them so much, and their relationship with each other is really nice. I think I tend to really like twin relationships in books, so that might have something to do with it. I also really grew to like Kit. Probably because he is a Herondale, and I have a soft spot for Herondales. I always really love having the outsider point of view into the world of the Shaowhunters and I was so happy when Kit came along to provide that.

Jace and Clary were in it quite a lot at the start, and that made me so happy because I love them so much, and now I really want to reread the Mortal Instruments.

After getting to know about the Silent Brothers and the Iron Sisters in other books, it was really cool to learn more about another group of Shadowhunters in the Centurions. I always love learning more about the world and lives of Shadowhunters.

Another thing that I really loved about Lord of Shadows was the fact that some of it was set in London. I live in England, so I really love reading books set somewhere in England because I actually know the shops that get mentioned, which always makes me happy. I also loved the return to the London Institute. The Infernal Devices is my favourite Shadowhunter series so far, so I was so excited to return to where it was set, but in the modern day.

I also loved seeing more of Faerie. I learnt so much more about Faerie and the Unseelie Court and I’m really intrigued to see if we see more of Faerie in Queen of Air and Darkness.

In case you couldn’t tell, I absolutely loved everything about this book, and I am so excited and impatient for the next book to come out.


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