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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.

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Comments on: "Lord of shadows (The Dark Artifices) – Cassandra Clare" (3)

  1. This book is beyond amazing. The second instalment in The Dark Artifices series, charts the adventure Julian, Emma and their family must embark on to unearth the secrets of, and find, the recently revived Annabel, who has been dead for many centuries.
    Emma and Julian pretend to not love each other in an effort to not break the law with their forbidden love. But this time apart, this forced separation, only increases their need for one another.
    Mark, Julian’s brother, is still trying to get used to normal, shadowhunter life, which makes for some hilarious discussion, like when he puts a goldfish in the ocean, yet doesn’t realise that goldfish can’t survive in salt water. His faerie lover also comes back, a man named Kieran. But Mark has an issue, he seems to like both Kieran, and a shadowhunter girl named Cristina. Who will he choose?
    A boy named Kit realises that he is a descendent of the renowned, praised Herondale family. He rebels against this prospect, against the idea of being a shadowhunter, but forms a close relationship with Livvy and Ty Blackthorn. His growth as a boy is relatable. It’s the realisation that you have to learn to find the good in the bad.
    My favourite scenes are when Emma and Julian are forced to sleep in the same bed, and often end up tangled with each other, despite how they tried their hardest to stay apart…
    But beware, this books doesn’t just make you laugh and smirk, it also makes you cry. It’s hard to fathom the sadness of this book, but the story it tells is indelible and a ‘must read’.
    This book is an easy 5 out of 5.

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  2. Alyssa said:

    I am hooked onto this series. The characters are developing so well! I love seeing how they interact with one another to develop the storyline and develop their character. I like the way that Cassandra Clare is writing this series compared to her previous ones. It’s a bit more mature and refined than her previous instalments, and deals with more mature themes. There was so much action in this book, between fighting the Seelie and looking for Annabel, there honestly wasn’t a moment when I wasn’t glued to the page. The relationship between Emma and Julian just made it all the more intense. And I love the trio, Libby, Ty and Kit. They’re the most amazing super sleuths.

    But that ending.

    Oh the ending.

    I somewhat saw something like that coming but I did not expect something that emotionally draining. CASSANDRA CLARE I AM STILL NOT HAPPY.

    But all anger aside. This book is truly a great addition to the Shadowhunter universe. I can’t wait until the next romance, action and suspense filled book in 2019.

    I’d recommend this book to people who love getting absorbed in a story, and rate it an 9/10

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  3. LORD OF SHADOWS BY CASSANDRA CLARE is a fantasy book, 2nd of the Dark Artifices series. This continues from Lady Midnight, where Emma and Mark are faking their relationship in order for Julian to fall out of love with Emma. Annabel is awake which leaves the Shadowhunter world at a hectic time. This book was so much fun to read because I was laughing 70% of the time. Emma Carstairs is truly an iconic character with her sarcasm and wit as well Mark who is kinda clueless of mundane life. The end really had me shaken, and I really was surprised. I was crying, like really, really crying. I did feel kind of anguished since my ships were kind of just crashed down? I mean, Cristina and Diego really had my heart but the universe just doesn’t like me so I couldn’t have what I wanted. And the Clary and Jace business wasn’t resolved and it just really hurt me? I really don’t like Cassandra Clare (like, at all) because of a lot of the problematic stuff she has done, but this book really made me warm up to her. The prejudice against the faeries really foreshadowed the world we live in today and I think including these issues, especially in young adult novels, would really give an insight to young people and educate them. It made me think, if this book made me laugh and cry and get angry and smile, what will the last book in this series do to me? (Reading this book would mean reading the rest of the shadowhunter chronicles books, just saying.)

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