Title: Lord of Shadows (The dark artifices, #2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Fantasy & YA
Publication date: May 23, 2017
I guess it’s time I wrote the review that I’ve been avoiding for ages.
“There is truth in stories,” said Arthur. “There is truth in one of your paintings, boy or in a sunset or a couplet from Homer. Fiction is truth, even if it is not a fact. If you believe only in facts and forget stories, your brain will live, but your heart will die.”
As most of you already know (I’m sure), Cassandra Clare is my absolute favorite author of all time. With the amount of heartache she’s caused me, you’d think I’d know better by now but, oh well.
It was the best feeling in the world coming back to the Shadowhunter stories that I fell in love with almost 6 years ago. Lord of shadows centered around Emma Carstairs, Julian and his siblings, the Blackthorns. The Blackthorns have been special to me since the day they came for the first time in City of Heavenly Fire.
As much as jumping back into this world made me feel, I knew there was no way Cassie would end this book without a cliffhanger. Cassie pulled off some serious stuff in this one (And I thought what she did in The Infernal Device was horrible)
I loved getting to know the Blackthorns a little more. Here is what I thought about each of them:
Emma to me is a synonym of badass. How are there people who don’t love her? I don’t know and I’d prefer it if I never knew. This girl right here deserves everything good in the world. Her and Jules just got so complicated in this one and it broke my heart. I’ve shipped them since the beginning and I’m honestly not ready to let go of them now.
“I thought if you stopped loving me, you’d be sad for a while. And if I was sad forever, that would be okay. Because you’d be alright, and I’d still be your parabatai. And if you could be happy eventually, then I could be happy too, for you.”
Julian has put so much effort into this family since the age of twelve. His siblings all look up to him and you can tell he’s always ready to put them first, no matter the circumstances. His actions in this book really scared me at times but I still love him. I hope Cassie does make him have a happy life after all this.
“Sometimes the most ruthless heart speaks the most truth”
Tiberius is probably one of my favorite characters in this. I loved the way Cassandra tried to incorporate different kinds of people in this one. From the get go you can tell that Ty is autistic. The way he sees things differently, his sensitivity to noise (which you can see a few time in this book) his tendency to have something in his hands and repeat certain movements to calm him down, and reduce his anxiety. You can notice the little things that kind of say a lot. It could be because I’m a psychology major and these things really matter to me but you do get the points without being told what it is directly.
“ ‘We are dust and shadows,’ ” said Ty, not looking up from his book.
This little bean ❤
Dru’s very underrated in my opinion. I just love her character so much and I really wanted to see more of her abilities, which I’m sure, just like the rest of them she has.
Livia’s over protectiveness over Ty was just so heartwarming. Getting to see her so worried over her brother getting hurt and always trying to protect him.
Tavvy was just a little squish. We can’t forget the contribution this little muffin had on the entire unraveling of the story.
Mark still makes me laugh. He seems to have gotten back his Shadowhunter tendencies and that’s always nice to see. He is still a little confused but I guess that’s okay considering everything that’s been going on.
Kieran is still in a meh position for me. I can’t pinpoint how I feel about him right now. Christina needs more recognition too. She’s such a loyal and sweet character. We all need a Christina in our lives. Let’s not forget Kit. I was so ready for this kid to pull some runaway tricks. Though now I think he’ll be sticking around for a while.
As for Zara I would honestly love to throw her off a bridge because this woman has gone far enough. Let’s hope by the end of this series she’ll be dealt with. She took credit for things she never even did. How can the Clave even believe a word this woman says?
Let’s not forget to mention the oh so happy appearance of Jace,Clary ,Alec and Magnus! *Happy dance*
The plot for this second installment was intense. Cassie kept me interested throughout the entire book. I mean there was so much going on all the time, it was hard to put it down. Loved the little adventure that Jules and Emma had to find Annabel. And let’s not forget the Faerie fighting scenes! and the way Ty wrote that letter to Annabel was so touching. Getting to see the Unseelie court was awesome! We even got to meet new characters.
The ending of this book killed whatever was left of my soul. I still can’t believe the way it ended. And every time I think about the way the next book will have to start I feel like crying. Two pages. Just two damn pages and all hell broke loose! Why did we have to lose three people in this?! *sobs* I mean it took me a while to like Robert even while I was reading The Mortal Instruments but he still didn’t deserve to die. I was just starting to like him. As for Livvy, I still cant believe shes gone? can anyone? I read the excerpt for Queen of Air and Darkness and its really worrying me what Ty is planning. I mean I cant blame him she is his twin. And Arthur despite never really being there for him he really gave a huge sacrifice and I truly love him for that. What in the world is going to happen next? The cliffhanger was too intense for my soul to handle.
Let’s hope December comes by quickly because I need Queen of Air and Darkness right now!