Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Rating – 5/5

“A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honour. The world 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 to never 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 him. 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 tensions 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.”

I absolutely love Cassandra Clare’s writing and the world she has created. I honestly don’t think there will ever be a book written by her that I do not like. From start to finish her books are magical, romantic, tense and heartbreaking and I cannot recommend them enough.

Lady Midnight (the first book in The Dark Artifices trilogy) was incredible. Lord of Shadows was even better. We were introduced to more incredible characters and we learnt so much more about the ones we already love so much. The reveal surrounding Diana’s character was absolutely incredible and I’m so excited to see where Cassie takes this information in the final book. The friendship between Ty, Livvy and Kit was my favourite part of this book – to learn more about Ty (who is my favourite character) and see him develop due to his new friendship with Kit was wonderful. Of course, this book wouldn’t be what it is without the heartbreak between Emma and Julian – I adore these two characters and I can’t wait to see where the final book takes them. It was also really interesting to see Dru’s perspective as she wasn’t very prominent in the first book but I have a feeling we may see a lot more of her in the final book. The relationship between Mark, Cristina and Kieran was also really interesting and I’m really looking forward to seeing how this progresses. Although I love the Los Angeles Institute, it was really special to go back to the London Institute (which you will have visited if you have read The Infernal Devices) and be reunited with a couple of characters I thought we would not meet again.

I honestly cannot rave about this book enough. I could gush forever about how wonderful it is but I don’t want to spoil it for those of you who have not yet had the pleasure of reading it. However, if you are planning on reading this book/trilogy, I would recommend reading The Mortal Instruments first – it is not necessary but you would be spoiled if you read this trilogy first!

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