Book Reviews

Lord of Shadows-Book Review (Slight Spoilers)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series: The Dark Artifices #2

Rating: 5/5 stars

Summary from Lady Midnight: “In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?”


This whole trilogy is Cassandra Clare’s best work. If you didn’t like her other books as much. You will defiantly love this a lot more.

What I love most about this book was how much the characters drive the story.  How they act, the actions they do, and the decisions they make affect the story. Most of the time in books it’s only one character that affects the story, but in this one it’s more than one character.

Another thing I loved is the diversity Cassandra Clare puts into her books. It just brings more life to her story. Also I give her an applause for putting in stuff that is going on in the real world.

Last thing was how she is able to weave in more information about things into this book. I loved learning more information about characters, about certain shadowhunters, and more lore. She has always been good with making information flow into the story and not feeling like it’s too to take in.

The ending…oh, Cassandra Clare and her endings. The ending was what sent me over the edge in tears. So much was happening at once and it was a mess. Cassandra Clare knows how to write an ending that makes you want to read more. Even when bad things happen and when not so great things get revealed, it still makes you want to read the next book.

I can’t wait to see what happens in the last book, Queen of Air and Darkness, which doesn’t come out until 2019.

Thank you for reading this review.

Have fun reading!!!

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