Book Review: Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare

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Name: Lord of Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: November 6, 2018 (1st published May 23, 2017)


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.

Book Cover Comments

If you look at the letterings, its really cool in the sense that the order for Lady Midnight is “silver, gold, blue”. Lord of Shadows is “blue, silver, gold”, so this alternative order makes this cover a neat trick.

I looked up on the Shadowhunters wiki and found out that the background of the book has a constellation map, and I had to squint my eyes for petes sake to see it. To this point, I still barely see it.

The Actual Review

You honestly cannot believe what a crazy ride Lord of Shadows was. It was hella INSANEEEEEE

Firstly, as I mentioned in my Lady Midnight review, you get to explore the faerie world. This time, you get to explore EVEN MORE OF IT. We saw less of the Seelie Queen and Unseelie King in the previous book, and I promise you: you will have a lot of fun with them. A. Lot.

Everything is at stake as the whole world desires for the legendary Black Volume of Dead: Lady Midnight is its current holder, despising its dark and terrible contents and disallowing others to posess it for it is dangerous; the Seelie Queen wants it on top of a bargain; the Unseelie King, our LORD OF SHADOWS wants it to overthrow the nephilim; Emma and Julian wants it for a bargain—perhaps even a glimpse of hope— and to change everything.

Lady Midnight first makes a full appearance in this book, and I am delighted to tell you, dear reader, that she is an exciting character and by the end, I couldn’t help but fall in love with her. At many points, I couldn’t tell if she was going to stay a protagonist or antagonist; there was always a gut feeling that something was going to rise up from her fairly calm exterior that she has displayed.

Emma and Julian’s restrains that they put on themselves to keep their distance hurts more than it ever has been. As Emma drags those around her into the game to keep those she loves at bay, what will this mean to those people?

We are also introduced to perhaps one little Lost HERONDALE into the game. Learning about this character, how they find themselves among the Blackthorns was so. Interesting. Especially their interactions with Ty and Livvy, you can’t help but fall in love with the way this character thinks: so observant. So. Smart.

You’ll also get a comeback from everyone’s favourite characters: Jem briefly appears, Jace and Clary briefly appears, one ghastly ghost Miss Jessamine Lovelace will say hello to everyone as the Blackthorn family visits the London Institute for certain reasons.

And if you don’t think that’s enough, Lord of Shadows really raises the bar on the intensity and tension among the Clave, among this world of politics with corrosions on the inside. The ending will have you raging in fury as your own unheard voice from outside the page wishes to reach inside the book to solve the situation that the characters were being placed in; all while the Cohort continues to become absolute trashbags. Their view on the Downworlders and their method of addressing them absolutely reflects things in real life, and its great to spark a contrast like this. It gets you on your feet thinking about discrimination in relation to the book, its characters, and real life.

And if you still don’t think that’s enough, blood was perhaps spilled by the end of the book. Unexpected turns are taken by the very end that leaves everyone at a state of los and confusion; how will everyone move on to the final events of the book with everything that happened is something I am definitely looking forward to when I begin reading Queen of Air and Darkness very soon.

Character after character and plot after plot, those in the Dark Artifices hunt their way across their world in order to find peace, and perhaps find themselves in all of this. And when blood is spilled and words are spoken, will Emma and Julian find justice among this world of chaos? And when Lord of Shadows act as a large threat?

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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