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Lord of Shadows ~ Cassandra Clare

December 15, 2018

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN: 9781442468405
720 pages
Source: Amazon

“There was a long silence. Magnus broke it. “I have to hand it to you,” he said. “I never thought Jace and Clary would be topped by anyone else in terms o insane, self-destructive decisions, but you all are giving them a run for their money.”  (p. 628)

I’ve run into so many people who stopped after The Mortal Instruments. Maybe they gave The Infernal Devices a chance or dipped their toes into The Bane Chronicles and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy. But I continue to get questions regarding the worthiness of The Dark Artifices.

Unequivocably, my answer is “yes”. Yes, read them. Yes, they are worth it. I know it’s tough to start over with a whole new set of folks, at a completely different Institute. But it’s Cassandra Clare and she is a goddess.

Lord of Shadows is, perhaps, one of the emotionally heartwrenching books in the entire Shadowhunters set and I love it for that. Without giving too much away for those who haven’t read to this point, there is as much tortured love and lust as there is torture and bloodlust. That’s one of the things Clare has always done well. The seamless integration of warfare and love affairs has always been the guiding force, returning me to her pages.

I love the Blackthorn family, so much. There is not nearly as much fierce love between family members in the rest of the series and for some reason, it just tugged at my heartstrings. I also realized that while the rest of the Clave and the Downworld appear to always be at odds with one another, our little group, despite the time period or location, has this knack for rounding up faeries, vampires, warlocks, werewolves, and Shadowhunters, all outcasts, and fighting for unity at all cost. I think that’s one of my favorite things.

On to this last book (Queen of Air and Darkness). I’ve put it off for too long and I shan’t be afraid of the ending of it all. Nope. I’m brave. Really.

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