Title: Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Rating: 4.5/5 paws
Synopsis: Queen of Air and Darknes is the third and final book in The Dark Artifices trilogy. The battle between the Shadowhunters, Cohort and Faeries comes to a head in this action-packed conclusion. While one group of the Blackthorn family set out to find a cure for the ailing warlocks, Julian and Emma are sent on a mission to faerie in an attempt to hide the law they’ve broken. There, they stumble into a dark and hidden Shadowhunter world. What they find here will change the course of history in their own world; for better and for worse.
“Faith isn’t never having any doubts; it’s having what you need to overcome them.”
So, okay, WOW. If there has ever been a series to contend with my absolute love and adoration for The Infernal Devices, it was this one. Cassandra Clare has done it again, folks. You can check out my reviews for the previous books in this trilogy, Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows!
The thoughtful and beautifully deep characters continued to suck me in in this third book! They’re each morally gray in their own way (except perfect little Tavvy) and we see so many of our main character maturing and growing to learn more about their world and those they share it with. One of my favorite things about this series is being able to now look back at the first book and see how much each character has changed since the very beginning and, holy cow, my babies have grown up so much.
I’ve become so connected to the Blackthorns, I just want to wrap them all up in fuzzy blankets and keep them safe forever. I’ll miss them until The Wicked Powers trilogy books start to come out in 2022/2023 (YIKES that’s far away).
Emma had a serious run for her money as Queen of the Sarcasm. We had Magnus making more appearances in this book, Jace with his Herondale charm and wit, and Kieran with his faerie sass. However, Emma is keeping her crown thanks to the following lines:
“Suddenly there was the explosive thunder of hooves, and two horses, one gray and one brown, bursting into the clearing. A faerie rider sat astride each. “Is this Faerie Grand Central?” said Emma, leaning her forehead against the tree.”
“The pier is one of the first places that the hellbeasts staked out,” Cameron said, glancing into the backseat. “Who knew that demons liked amusement parks?” Emma cleared her throat. “Mad for funnel cakes?”
Honorable mention to Kit for this line that I actually laughed out loud at!
“That’s right,” said Kit. He waved from the next booth. “I forgot my weapons. But I do have this fork.” He wiggled it. “You are so forked,” he said to Barnabas.”
This book was long. SO long, 912 pages to be exact. I think this is the longest book I’ve ever read. The length and the plot are what kept this from being a 5 paw read for me. It was just. so. slow. at the beginning of the book! It took me until about halfway to actually get invested in what was going on and this just made the book feel even longer. But once things got going, boy did they really take off. The second half almost made up for the limited action and drama in the beginning. The different paths of each character converged in a huge battle, where Cassie’s writing really shines the best.
I honestly cannot believe that this is only a trilogy. At the end of this book, the world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders is at a time of major changes and shifts in power. And there it will stay for the next 3-4 years until we get to revisit it again. The fifth Shadowhunters series, The Wicked Powers, will be focusing on Kit and Ty. However, we still have Cassie’s upcoming Shadowhunters trilogy, The Last Hours, to read before TWP. I’m super excited for TLH because, well, Will Herondale, but I’m eagerly anticipating the time when I can rejoin the Blackthorns, Emma, Jace, Clary, Magnus and Alec again.
Another great book, another piece of my heart stolen by a Shadowhunter family.
Let me know in the comments below whether you’ve read any books in this series and which one was your favorite!