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Book Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare


Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Dark Artifices, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 699 pages
Source: Library
Published on May 23rd 2017 by Simon & Schuster Children’s UK
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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.

The Dark Artifices is the series I didn’t really want to read for years mostly because of friends to lovers trope but felt like I had to to continue more Cassandra Clare’s books. Last years I was supposed to read Lady Midnight (first book of the series) with Clo @ Cuppa Clo but now I’ve catched up with her without her rereading these books. Now I just need to get her to read Tales From Shadowhunter Academy.

“Everyone is afraid of something. We fear things because we value them. We fear losing people because we love them. We fear dying because we value being alive. Don’t wish you didn’t fear anything. All that would mean is that you didn’t feel anything.”

I’m not big fan of either Emma or Julian but I do prefer him over her. He can be so sweet and protective papa bear but I also feel like he’s too perfect? I didn’t get why people disliked Jace because he’s too perfect. I thought there wasn’t such a thing like too perfect character but now I kind of get it. Julian never gets mad and I feel conflicted about him being ready to do anything to keep Emma and his siblings safe, even not caring what happens to their friends.

Clo probably would think what’s wrong with me but I still don’t ship Julian and Emma together. I remember her talking about how stressful this ship is but I just almost want to skip their scenes and get to some other ships like certain love triangle and I’m even liking some other tiny ships like Kit and Ty.

“There were valuable first editions of books in the enormous library, most of them had been scribbled in by some idiot named Will H.”

So, I don’t really care about Emma and Julian, so how can I still enjoy this series? That’s what I used to think when people hated the main character in books but once again this one prooved me wrong. I love Kieran, Ty, Gwyn and I absolutely love Kit but I shouldn’t be surprised since the last one is related to my favorite characters in Shadowhunter Chronicles.

3 stars

3 thoughts on “Book Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

    1. This is unpopular opinion. It’s rare for me to like friends to lovers trope and if it wasn’t part of Shadowhunter world I probably wouldn’t have started the series. Have you read the first book?

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