Title: Lord of Shadows
Series: The Dark Artifices #2
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: May 23, 2017
Genres: YA, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Goodreads Synopsis: 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 herparabatai, 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.
Before I say anything about Lord of Shadows… I love Cassandra Clare’s books, but every series she’s written so far has had its one dud with me. Out of The Mortal Instruments series, City of Fallen Angels was my least favorite. Out of The Infernal Devices, Clockwork Angel was my least favorite and almost made me not want to continue with the series! (TID is my favourite series out of the Shadowhunter Chronicles so far).
Lord of Shadows bored the hell out of me, and I struggled through almost all of it! It took me just over a month to finish it. In the past, I could read one of Cassandra Clare’s books in a few days up to a week, and she’s always been known to get me out of a slump.
Things started off great and picked up where Lady Midnight ended. Then it became love triangle after love triangle, lies and relationship drama, and not a lot happened plot wise. I feel like Cassandra Clare was trying way too hard to be all-inclusive. The story focuses too much on Mark/Kieran/Christina, and I’m pretty sure she’s setting the stage for them to have a polyamorous relationship. Markierstina as I’ll call them made the story drag for a large part of the book, and the angst between Emma and Julian wasn’t even the good sort of angst. This book could have been condensed down to 400-500 pages, not 700. So. Much. Filler.
The only part of the book that didn’t annoy the crap out of me? Kit and Ty.
Despite the cliffhanger ending, I’m not in any hurry to read the next installment whenever that comes out IN TWO YEARS, because Lord of Shadows has ruined the series for me, and made me stop caring.
Does anyone else find it weird how both A Court of Wings and Ruin and Lord of Shadows mention MMF threesomes, and how they’re considered young adult?!