Title: The Dark Artifices #1: Lord Of Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
My Rating: 5/5
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.
Ok, so, I have absolutely adored every single thing Cassandra Clare has written but I think I would have to say that Lord of Shadows is my favorite to date. Just. Wow.
This book was epic, and I’m talking grand scale epic. From the L.A institute to the lush and sprawling faeries lands, a trip to the London institute (I see you Jessie!) and then on to Idris. I seriously did not want to leave the faerie lands, ugh, I loved it! Pretty shady and scary for our heroes though.
Emma and Julian just cannot stay away from each other, and they really, really should. Like, I’m deadly serious. They belong together and I’m sure (praying really) that by the end of the final book they will be. These two are killing me! Remember that time Jace and Clary thought they were brother and sister? Yeah? Well, get ready for that kind of pain all over again, except Emma and Julian aren’t related, Julian thinks Emmas doesn’t love him and is in a (fake) relationship with Mark (oh, Mark I’ll get to you) and Emma is trying desperately to stuff her feelings down like all good Herondales, ah, sorry, Carstairs, Emma is a Carstairs. (Really?)
New information comes to light about the parabatai bond in this installment and I’m very afraid of what Julian could do with this knowledge. I mean, we have seen him go pretty dark when pushed to his limits. No holds barred when it comes to doing what is necessary to protect those he loves, and I’m seriously scared of what he might try to do.
So many awesome characters, I’m definitely intrigued by Kit and I NEED to know whats going on with the old crew. What is up Clary? And Magnus and Tessa!? I swear if anything happens to them I will never forgive it! (I will, obviously, but hey, I’m being dramatic here.)
Then we have Mark Blackthorn, omg, he is so precious and needs to be protected. I cannot decide if I want him with Kieren or Christina! iI’s Will/Tessa/Jem all over again! Such sweet torture! But I think Mark has to be me favorite right now. He’s torn between two worlds and it breaks by heart and fascinates me at the same time. Everything will be fine Mark, after this is all over, I’m sure it will be fine…
Now, if someone would just wipe out the Clave, I will be very happy. I HATE those guys even more than I did before after reading this book! Poor Diana. 😦
Definitely worth a read!!!