Book Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

13206828Book Title: Lord of Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: May 23rd, 2017
Book Series: The Dark Artifices, #2
Reading Format: Hardcover
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

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.

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This review will be short because I don’t want to spoil anyone

Lord of Shadows has officially killed me. My heart was brutally ripped out of my chest the second I finished the last page. How can Cassandra do this to my feelings? I am still in shock over how this book has ended. I just can’t believe another Cassandra Clare novel has left my heart broken in tiny little pieces.

This book was one of my anticipated books for 2017, and it definitely surpassed all of my expectations, and, in my opinion, I think it was a little better than Lady Midnight, but, honestly, every new Cassandra Clare book is better than the other, because you can see the development in her writing and the characters she has created. I gave this book 5 stars, but I still think it deserves more.

I am a little disappointed that I have to wait two years to find out what happens next, but hey, at least we get the first book of The Last Hours coming in 2018.

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