Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows (Dark Artifices, #2)

by Cassandra Clare

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Sunny Los Angeles can be a dark place indeed in Cassandra Clare's Lord of Shadows, the sequel to the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Lady Midnight. Lord of Shadows is a Shadowhunters novel.

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she'd be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters' demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear-before it's too late.

Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Holly Black and Sarah J. Maas.

Also by Cassandra Clare:

The Dark Artifices:
Lady Midnight
Queen of Air and Darkness

The Eldest Curses:
The Red Scrolls of Magic
The Lost Book of the White

Reviewed by Chelsea on

3 of 5 stars

Actual rating - 3.5

I was a big fan of all the diversity in this series but I was a little disappointed that this seems to be one of those series where everyone gets paired up. It would have been really great if Kit and Ty for example could have just been best friends.

Plot wise, this book was a little better than the first but there was a big chunk of pages in the middle of the book that were pretty boring and it didn't really do much to the story. The beginning was really good and the ending was horribly sad but I could have skipped the entire middle and still been fine.

I really hope the next book does better because I really did love the first 3 books of the Mortal Instruments and it holds a special place in my heart. I keep hoping her other series will live up to it but so far I've mostly been disappointed.

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