Title: Lord of Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Page Count: 699
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.
Since this is a sequel this review may contain slight spoilers for Lady Midnight, continue reading at your own risk.
This book was fricking amazing. Even after weeks of processing it, It doesn’t really diminish the amazingness that I attribute with the book. Usually, when I read a great book I’m excited about it for the first couple days tops then the hype dies down for me but after reading Lord of Shadows I still feel exactly the same as I did the second after I read it. There were plenty of cameos from our favorite Mortal Instrument characters and that just made the book even more perfect than it already was. If you haven’t rea this yet you totally should. These books just get better with each installment and everyone needs to read them.
Everything about this books was great, the pacing especially. Things that I was dreading being dragged out like Emma and Mark’s fake relationship or perfect Diego and Christina’s real relationship ended up being resolved fairly quickly without it being felt like it was dragging on. There were a lot of surprises throughout the book and things ended up going in different directions than I anticipated them too but that just culminated in what could possibly be the best book ever. As well as the book being littered with classic Cassie Clare humour to lighten up the dark spots in the book, it was extremely heartbreaking as well, with multiple deaths in the book (even those of the main character) it will definitely put your heart through the wringer but somehow that just serves to make the book more authentic and great!
Julian: Julian is one of those characters whose personality and actions lie in the dark gray when in that spectrum. Honestly, I’m not sure what to suspect from him and after the events in the book he will be even more willing to do ANYTHING to protect his family resulting in the slide down the slope of what is acceptable and what is not.
Kit: I loved reading from Kit’s perspective and learning more about him and watching how close he became with the Blackthorn twins.
Have you read Lord of Shadows? What did you think? I’d love to know!