Lord of Shadows
(The Dark Artifices #2)
By Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publish Date: May 23rd 2017
My Rating: ★★★★★
Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?
And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.
Ok so I have been a massive Cassandra Clare fan from the beginning! I have read every book Cassie has written and Lord of Shadows does not disappoint! I got the book when it came out last Tuesday and immediately started reading. I always enjoy reading her books because they make me laugh, and cry and everything in between.
There were so many great one liners in this book it was the perfect balance of how serious the plot was. We got to delve a lot deeper into the characters, we got to get to know Kit some more and I think he was my favorite POV to read from. We get more info on the workings of the Unseelie and Seelie courts. And we finally get some secrets that people have been hiding revealed!
Cassandra Clare really is the queen of love triangles and forbidden romance, though (which hasn’t always worked for me in the past). And even if the angst did get a bit excessive at times, I still rolled my eyes affectionately instead of in any sort of annoyance… because I actually CARE about everyone. Ughhh that ending wrecked me.
I don’t want to get into any of the plot or spoil anything, so I’ll just say it was really fun to see Faerie, London, familiar old faces, and get to know the current characters better. One of them turns out to be transgender and I thought it was handled really well (but will defer to others who can say whether that’s the case). I just love how much wonderful rep these stories have!
I really do love every single character, but Ty is seriously one of my all-time favorites from any book. I’m still so thrilled to see such a caring, badass, complex kid who happens to be autistic. It’s not his whole personality, nor is it something the story tries to shy away from or handle any differently. It’s approached so matter-of-factly that I just want to hug the book. And Kit’s relationship with Ty is amazing… I ship them as friends or a couple or whatever. I don’t care. I just love them together so much.
And I know I’m not spending time here gushing over Emma & Julian or Mark & Cristina & Kieran but the feels are still there.
I also really admired how the plot managed to weave in obvious parallels for current social issues in a way that felt authentic instead of like some message beating you over the head.
There’s a fascist Cohort faction of the council that supports the Downworlder registry, believes they speak for a silent majority, and
“seek to return the Clave to a lost golden age. A time that never was, when Downworlders knew their place and Nephilim ruled in harmony. In truth, the past was a violent time, when Downworlders suffered and those Nephilim who possessed compassion and empathy were tormented and punished along with them.”
“When a decision like [the Cold Peace] is made by a government, it emboldens those who are already prejudiced to speak their deepest thoughts of hate. They assume they are simply brave enough to say what everyone really thinks.”
So that was one of the stronger parts of the plot. And I also love how much mythology and clever references are woven into these stories. Even the totally unintentional ones… like the Mirror of Galadriel scene. Ha. But for real, this book was amazing and I honestly don’t know how I am supposed to wait 2 whole years until the next book comes out but it’s fine at least we have Chain of Gold to look forward to in a year!
Let me know your thoughts and your predictions for what’s going to happen in the third and final book!