Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare – a review by Melissa

(Note: This review is spoiler-free!)

I think I’m still unwinding all of the complexities of what I read in Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare. The latest installment of the Shadowhunters series was thoroughly enjoyable. This is the second book in the third trilogy.*

Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn are a powerful parabatai team (think: the new Jace and Alec) who have found their lifelong friendship has turned into a deep, epic and unavoidable love. Unfortunately, there are dire consequences for parabatai who fall in love – for them and their family. And family is the number one priority for Julian, who has been looking after his four younger siblings since their parents were killed when he was 12 (he’s now 17 – although he and Emma seem much older!).

Mark has been adjusting to life outside the Wild Hunt, without Kieran. He begins this book pretending to be with Emma, but he ends up in a tricky bind between his former lover fairy prince Kieran and the beautiful, “easy to love” Christina. I’m not going to lie, I could not have chosen for him here. It was a tough call.

Meanwhile, Kit has been adjusting to life inside the institute after finding out he’s the long-lost Herondale and lost his father. His developing friendship with the twins Ty and Livvy is gorgeous. His understanding of Ty and his autism spectrum disorder due to “mundane” knowledge (mundane medicine is off-limits to shadowhunters) is interesting and compassionately drawn.

Diana, the children’s tutor with her own secrets, has a beautiful subplot that involves her falling in love and sharing her burden.

So much happens in this book (it’s over 600 pages), the sub plots are woven together expertly with characters from the original and sequel trilogies. I got some Malec time (Alec and Magnus are too cute and I love them – especially in the series – Shadowhunters – currently on television).

It ended alarmingly. I was a bit upset. Actually, I finished it, slammed it closed, went to the lounge, told my brother Luke (who was staying over) I was mad, threw it down and went to bed. I can be a little dramatic. However, I saw the spark of hope with the cleverly planted clue. I’m hoping I’m right. But we’ll have to wait until next year for the final book (very sad face).

I gave it 4/5 stars on Goodreads. If you haven’t yet read the first book in the series, or the other shadowhunter books – you have plenty of time to get through the tomes. Oh, to experience them for the first time again!

*The first series released was The Mortal Instruments, consisting of six books: City of BonesCity of AshesCity of GlassCity of Fallen AngelsCity of Lost Souls, and City of Heavenly Fire. Then there is The Infernal Devices prequel trilogy: Clockwork AngelClockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess. This current trilogy, called The Dark Artifices, so far has the first two books published – Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows – with the third set to be released in 2019. So far, two more trilogies are planned, another prequel and another sequel to finish the Shadowhunters Chronicles.

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