Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Lord of Shadows

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices, #2)

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare is the second book of The Dark Artifices series.

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.

The Breakdown:
1.  I really enjoy the world of the Shadowhunters, and I am excited to see the new developments in this series.  I like the complex relationships both between the individual characters and the different races, i.e. the Shadowhunters and the Downwolders.  In this book, Clare really highlights these relationships.

2.  There are a lot of feels in this book.  Emma and Julian struggling to deny their feels for each other.  Christina, Mark, and Keiran work their way through their complex feelings and friendships.  Kit, Ty, and Livvy building a friendship.  Kit's decision whether to stay in the world of Shadowhunters.  Diana dealing with her secret.  With everyone's personal issues combined with the threats from the Unseelie King, there is never a dull moment.

3.  Speaking of feels, Clare breaks my heart a few times in this book.  Oh, and she is killing me with all the questions I have at the end of the book.  I am dying to see where she takes the story.

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