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Queen of Air and Darkness ~ Cassandra Clare

June 3, 2019

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Genre: Young Adult/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

ISBN: 978144246436

912 pages

Source: Barnes and Noble

Oh, dear ones, we have got the end. Though with Clare and The Shadowhunters (possible band name for Simon?) one can never be too sure that it is, in fact, the end.

I’m going to talk about the rest of, like, the entire Shadow World Series so if you haven’t made it all the way through to the end of Lord of Shadows, this is your warning to politely remove yourself from this post.

The end of Lord of Shadows wrecked my heart and a good deal of the More Favorable Families of Alicante. It took me a long time between books to catch my breath because of the devastation but I did finally come around.

Queen of Air and Darkness picks up immediately on the heels of the battle between The Counsel and the rising Cohort which threaten to be very similar to the long defunct Circle. They also mimic some charming Americans who wear red hats (and sometimes white hoods, if you catch my drift). They’re purists and racist jerkwards to the core who would like to see a Nazi-like registry for the entire Downworld.

Obviously, our lovely hero’s (Shadowhunters and the Downworlders who love them) are quick to rise to that nonsense and so the third book in the trilogy begins.

Yes, the book is Cassandra Clare magic and yes, I love this world so much. But the added political drama that stands out in The Dark Artifices made my heart sing. There are so many parallels to what’s happening in our country and world, right now, that I kind of found myself blueing the lines between the two.

Anyway, I don’t want to go into the ending because it’s all sorts of spoiler-filled and I try not to do that. Just know that I was sobbing by the end for many many reasons.

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