Review: Queen of Air and Darkness

Review: Queen of Air and Darkness

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Title: Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices Book 3)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Published: 4 December 2018

Pages: 893

Format: Hardback, Library Book

Memorable Quote: “Some lights were never meant to burn for long.”

Synopsis (From Goodreads): What if damnation is the price of true love?

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.”

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Review**Warning: Spoilers ahead if you are not caught up on the series**

This book is surprisingly difficult to review for me, probably because it is so long and so much happened! There were chapters that blew my mind in the best way, but also chapters that made me want to throw the book across the room and DNF it like it was my job. My relationship with Cassandra Clare’s books is love-hate, at best. I absolutely loved The Infernal Devices, but everything else has been hit or miss for me. The Dark Artifices has been hit and miss, with the second book in the trilogy being my least favorite.

For this review, I’m going to list the good and the bad because so much stuff happened and I don’t want to write a million paragraphs, especially since I’m currently home with the plague.

Anyway, here we go:

The Good:

  • Emma and Cristina’s friendship. I love how these two girls support each other and have a very relatable friendship.
  • Theme of family and how it means something unique to every person.
  • New relationships. This, however, also falls into the bad because there were so many love interests happening on top of an impending civil war.
  • I thought it was interesting how Clare applied current US politics to this book. As a US resident, it really hit home.
  • Cameos from Shadowhunter Academy.
  • Beautiful writing.
  • Drusilla finding her voice. I always felt like she was the most forgotten Blackthorn, and in this book she really comes into her own and accepts herself.
  • Honesty in regards to how politics can divide even families.
  • Learning more about the history of certain characters.


The Bad

  • Too many POV. It just made things super messy. I feel like some characters didn’t actually need there own point of view. Sometimes points of views changed in the middle of the chapter, which threw off the entire chapter because it felt like the plot changed course for no reason.
  • Messy plot. There were parts of the book where I felt Clare had written herself into a corner and didn’t know how to get out… hence The Thule.
  • THE THULE. No further comments on that.
  • The giant angels were never really explained that well….Like, how did all the nice stuff really bring them back to normal?
  • Clary and Jace popping back in to make everything about them. Even at a damn wedding.
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  • ANNABEL COULD HAVE BEEN SUCH A COOL VILLAIN BUT SHE ENDED UP BECOMING A BABYSITTER AND I AM NOT OK WITH THAT. I wanted more from the vengeful, messed up Annabel! She could have been so much!
  • Possessed characters from the Thule making their way into Faerie. I feel like old plot lines are gonna become reused like crazy in the next series.
  • I wasn’t a fan of Kit and Ty’s adventures. Misadventures. Whatever you want to call it. It was a repetitive plot line.


I almost would have rather this book been broken up into two so that parts didn’t feel as rushed. By the time we got to the end, it felt like the main plot was hastily tied up with a bow so that we could focus on Jace and Clary…even though we’ve already had 6 books of them.


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