Book: Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA Fantasy
Purchase Link: Book Depository
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.
I think this sequel may have been one for the best of plot twists, heartbreak, and just…. downright painful! I don’t think I’ll ever get over this and my heart is breaking for pretty much every protagonist in this book!
I left this book because I didn’t want to end up with a cliffhanger so this was my first time reading it, and I’ve never been more happy with my habit of leaving books until the entire series is out! I would never have handled that cliffhanger last year and I still can’t but at least I have Queen of Air and Darkness in my hands!
One thing I absolutely loved with this book is the introduction of so many more amazing relationships, and the development of so many old characters relationships with the current characters! It truly makes you realise how much has happened and any time a reference is made, you just suddenly think, “Yes! I remember this!”
If I had to nitpick for something I didn’t like, it’d probably be more into some secondary characters? Like there times when I wished I was inside someone else’s head or I knew what another character was thinking etc. It just threw me off a few times in the book but aside from that… I loved it!
Based on this, I’d suggest reading The Mortal Instruments before delving into The Dark Artifices because there are a lot of spoilers. Like a ton load as opposed to Lady Midnight just giving you a few spoilers here and there. This book just throws the spoilers at you left, right and centre!