Title: Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)
Author: Cassandra Clare Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Rating: 5/5 paws
Synopsis: Lord of Shadows picks up where Lady Midnight left off. The Blackthorns and Emma Carstairs continue to attempt to navigate the Cold War between the Nephilim and the Faerie as they fight to keep their family together. Meanwhile, an extremist group of Shadowhunters, deemed the Cohort, are rising in power with their agenda to force all Downworlders to be registered so that they be more easily tracked. Tensions are high, and the price of power is even higher in this sequel novel in The Dark Artifices trilogy.
“Do you know why I’m sure? Because when this universe was born, when it blasted into existence in fire and glory, everything that would ever exist was created. Our souls are mad of that fire and glory, of the atoms of it, the fragments of stars. Everyone’s are, but I believe ours, yours and mine, are made from the dust of the same star. That’s why we’ve always been drawn to each other like magnets, all our lives. All the pieces of us belong together.”
Another Cassandra Clare book that I loved! Will you ever get tired of reading reviews where all I do is praise her? Will I ever get tired of writing them? Let’s hope not because that’s all that we’re going to get when it comes to her books. If she ever writes a book that I don’t like, that will be the first sign of a true apocalypse.
This book was amazing; it made me happy, sad, frustrated, devastated, amused and everything else in between.
I’ll be the first to admit that I can be pretty stone-cold sometimes. I’m not one to be super emotional; I think I can count on one hand the number of books that have made me cry. And this book was one of them.
I’m in need of a hedgehug.
My emotions were ALL over the place with this book and I think that’s really because of how Cassandra Clare writes her characters. She makes you want to root for her protagonists, and hate her villains. They feel something, and that creates an immediate and genuine reaction in you. I think this is definitely emphasized by the fact that this is the second book in The Dark Artifices trilogy and I have now spent over 1300 pages with these characters but I still want more of them.
I cannot possibly go into detail about every character that I love without making this a book itself so I’m going to stick with the little segment I did in my Lady Midnight review and give you some of my favorite quotes from my sarcastic queen, Emma Carstairs.
“You’re my mother’s sister?” he said incredulously. “I think they call that your aunt,” said Emma.
“Why are you on the floor?” “I’ve heard rolling out of bed in the morning helps you build up resistance to surprise attacks,” Emma said, lying sprawled on the hardwood.
“We seek,” said Fal. “And we find. We are the searchers…In all our lives there has only been one thing we have sought and not found.” “A sense of humor?” Emma suggested.
I love how there are so many different storylines included that all converged at the end. The formatting of the plot kind of reminded me of season three of Stranger Things, with each separate group having their own missions throughout the season but then all coming together at the end to fight the big battle. There are so many different dynamics created by Cassandra Clare and the characters she decides to group together in different situation but my favorite had to be Kit, Livvy and Ty. The younger siblings were begging to contribute in the first novel and in this one we finally see everything they have to offer as they earn responsibility and trust from their older counterparts. The pacing of the plot is literally to die for. It’s all action, adventure and fighting and then there are these short periods where you feel content and like you can just breathe for a minute and not worry too much and then BAM! you get hit with more drama and I was just constantly on my toes which I love in a book.
The only thing I didn’t love about the plot was that we got left with a cliff hanger at the end of the first book that took sooooo long to be addressed in this book. We didn’t hear it anything about it mentioned until page 276. Talk about a tease.
After Lady Midnight I was ready to jump right into Lord of Shadows, but after this one…I think I need a little more time to wrap my head around everything that just went down. So I’ll probably pick it up in about 20 minutes lol.
Have a paw-some day!