Review: Lord of Shadows

Lord of Shadows

Cassandra Clare

 The Dark Artifices #2

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: 23-May-2017
Date Finished: xx-Jul-2017
Format: Hardback
Pages: 701
Genres: YA, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Romance
ISBN: 9781442468405
Source: Barnes & Noble
Reading Challenges: Goodreads Reading Challenge


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 have one word for this novel, heartbreaking.

okay, maybe a few more.

I absolutely loved Lady Midnight, so this was a HIGHLY anticipated novel for me. I wasn’t TOO disappointed.  This was such an intense storyline with so many settings and emotions. I will be distraught until the next one comes out, and by then I’ll be reminded of the devastation wrecked upon me.

Based on the conclusion of this book, I can honestly state that I have no freaking idea how this trilogy will conclude.

My favorite part of this novel (aside from the forbidden love (that we learned about in Lady Midnight)) is how the family is centered in this book. I learned so much more about the connections between all the Blackthorn siblings.

I definitely recommend this to those who love Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter serieses. It was fantastic.

About the Author

“Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.”





2 thoughts on “Review: Lord of Shadows

  1. I’ve postponed reading this book so many times now.. But I just cannot get over the fact that the sequel will only be published in 2019 and I just KNOW that I’m going to be mad for a while as soon as I’ve read LoS because of that, haha.

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