Review: Lord of Shadows

Review: Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)

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Title: Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Published: 23 May 2017

Format: Library book, hardback and audio book from Overdrive

Pages/Hours:  699 pages/23 hours and 29 minutes

Memorable Quote: “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.”

Funny Quote: “Remember, Mark is in charge.”
“Does he know that?” said Livvy.
Julian sought Mark in the crowd on the steps. He was standing with his hands behind his back, exchanging a mistrustful look with a carved stone gnome. “Your pretense does not fool me, gnome,” he muttered. “My eye will be upon you.”

Favorite Characters: Mark, Cristina, Livvy

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Synopsis: Parabati fight together, strengthen one another, and love each other – but falling in love is strictly forbidden and has dire consequences. The love Emma and Julian have for each other falls in the forbidden category, and that’s only one of the many problems they must deal with.

An old enemy returns, the tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlder’s continues to grow dangerously, and the Blackthorns find themselves making a deal with the Seelie Queen when they journey to Faerie. Now they must bring the Queen the Black Volume of the Dead or risk it falling into the hands of The Unseelie King, who wishes to use its power to destroy Shadowhunters.

Meanwhile, a group of Shadowhunters grows in numbers. They want to create a registry of Downwolders and “unsuitable” Shadowhunters. Their hatred of Downworlders and unyielding support of the Cold Peace only further complicates things for the Blackthorn family, especially with Mark and Helen being half-faerie.

Julian puts himself on the line to protect his family, but has he just put everything and everyone he loves at risk?

Review:  **Note… if you haven’t read Lady Midnight, this book will contain spoilers**

LoS is oddly difficult for me to review. There were components of this book that were fantastic – the dead coming back to life, the search for the Black Volume, that intense, heartbreaking ending!!!

Yet, the book somehow managed to fall a little short, despite how much good there was in it. Obviously, a major part of this series is the love between Julian and Emma. But at this point in the Shadowhunters world, the “forbidden love” trope just feels tired. We’ve already seen it multiple times in the other books, and while I really enjoy Emma and Jules, I kind of wish they were just parabati. Boys and girls can just be friends, afterall. But maybe I’m the only one tired of FoRBiddEn LOVEEEEEE.

 

And it wasn’t just Emma and Julian. It seemed like everyone, with the expection of Tavvy, was either creating a love triangle of sorts or kissing someone.

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*there was one instance that I found to just be creepy, but I won’t say because, spoilers**

I will say, I’m here for Cristina and Mark. I ship it so much.

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Unpopular opinion #1:

  • I found a lot of the love interests to be unnecessary (though maybe they’ll prove me otherwise in the next book), and if they had been cut out, this book would have been significantly shorter, darker, and more suspenseful.

Unpopular opinion #2:

  • I wanted more Annabel Blackthorn, okay? That girl is scary af.

Unpopular opinion #3:

  • The book would have been way shorter if “Emma’s long legs” and “Julian’s blue-green eyes” had not been mentioned every other page.
    • I’m being a bit dramatic but it’s fine.

I promise I’m not hating on this book. It definitely wasn’t a “second book slump”, but it left a lot to be desired, and I feel like the book could have been quite a bit better.

The writing was fantastic. Clare really painted a clear picture of everything in my head. While I preferred the audio for Lady Midnight, this audio-book was also well done. Also, there’s solid representation in this book was written in a thoughtful, meaningful way. I appreciate all of this.

As for the characters, I really like most of them. Kieran even grew on me a tiny bit.

I don’t understand the hate Emma gets. I think she’s loyal and determined. I like her 1000000 times more than Clary, who I fond to just be reckless and selfish.

Jules and the rest of the Blackthorns are great. That sibling bond is so special, and I respect that Julian would do anything for his siblings. The situation he found himself in when he was 12 was horrific and painful. I don’t see how anyone could be unscached after that.

Overall, Lord of Shadows was pretty good. I expected a bit more action and less romance, but it was still pretty solid.

That ending got me like….

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Excuse me while I go cry.

 

Did you read Lord of Shadows?

Let me know your thoughts!

 

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