Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
Page Count: 699 pages
Publication Date: May 2017
Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?
A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.
Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?
Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.
When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.
Ugh, feelings! So many feelings…
And I have questions! So many questions!
How in the world am I supposed to wait 2 WHOLE YEARS to find out what happens in the end?
I love the characters in this series, and not just the Blackthorns (which includes Emma, even if she’s not technically a Blackthorn), I love them as if they were real people, provoking real feelings and making me cry real tears.
I loved how there were all these different story lines that came together every now and again, but that miraculously didn’t leave me confused at all. It actually makes the book a whole lot more interesting! The pace is great, you’re never bored!
Is this book perfect? No! There were typos throughout the book (which is surprising since I’m sure the publishing house would have hired a professional to proofread it before its release), and yes, typos drive me crazy! It distracts me from the story. I see typos as a dark, cruel slip of the finger that sucks me back into reality. And I hate that! Anyway… (let me compose myself and try to remember that this is not a ranting post).
Another reason why Lord of Shadows was not perfect is that it is unnecessarily long! Why write 699 pages when you can tell the exact same story in about half as many pages?!
But the story was just so epic that these little things didn’t bug me as much as they normally would.
I’m not sure if I love or absolutely despise Cassandra Clare for how this book ended. What kind of an ending was that?! I won’t say anything about it because this is a spoiler-free review, but man oh man, what a cliffhanger!
Even if you didn’t like Lady Midnight that much, please please please read Lord of Shadows! You will NOT regret it!