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review 2018-02-27 14:30
Review: Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare
Lord of Shadows - Cassandra Clare

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.





If you have not read the first book , this review may spoil some things for you. I suggest you go read it because it is awesome and come back after.

Okay it has been three or more weeks since I finished the book and I’, still not over it. I’m still so very emotional about  this book, I also not sure how much I can say without spoiling it so I will try to make it short but really all I can say is that I  loved this book way too much. Even now , weeks later and I had time to think about it, if anything I just love it even more.


This books start shortly where we left off in book one. And things are a little awkward between Julian and Emma.  But even worse between Julian and Mark, as they continue their struggle to … I guess understand each other. Overall this book in general is less about the relationship between Julian and Emma  but about the giant sh&tstorm they are about to face that was set in monition last book.

Not to give away anything to new readers I will just say that this book was epic. I laughed, I cried, I swooned and I wept. The ending was not only a major shock but also really heartbreaking, I can’t remember the last time a book shook me like that.

I love how Cassandra Clare always has diversity with characters. This series we get someone with Autism and it written great and I really enjoyed that part.  Another thing was that we get a closer look at how the Clave thinks about mundane medicine.

In this book we learn a lot more about the fae, their role and plan in all of this. It is also hinted that there is something going on with the warlocks and I wonder if that has to do with anything that happed in last book with the death of a certain warlock. I cannot wait to find out what really is going on and how it all is related. But really that goes with a lot of things in this series. Like Emma’s sword, there is something with it and I can figure out what it is but I know it will hgave to do with something that will solve a lot of problems… I think… and hope.

“Lady Midnight”  as mentioned in the epilogue of last book plays a big part in this book and it will keep you on your toes.

Now a little about some of the characters. Of course we get to see some people form the other book which I loved and Alex and Magnus have actually a decent amount of page time, which I also enjoyed very much. Of course we have Emma and Julian, who both struggle with the “curse of the parabatai” but each in their own way. We get a little more history about both families.

I think all characters had great arc and development but I think both Kit and Mark made the most progress. I adored Kit and his journey on how he is taking it all in. Of course I love the friendship / relationship he has with Ty and Livvy..
Mark who I didn’t fully last book I now adore as he trying to find a great middle ground between the fae and shadowworld.

We also get more of Kieran and him, this book I was not a fan of. No real reason just didn’t like him much.
Christina was awesome in this book, I really want her as my friend, Speaking of the three, there is something going on between the three of them (Mark, Kieran and Cristina) but not really sure yet what and to what extent.

We learn Diana’s secret  which was awesome and again showed us how much the Clave can suck sometimes.

I said we learn more about the fae, that includes the wild hunt and of course Gwyn, who I aslo just loved and couldn’t get enough off.

I think that is all without spoiling too much and there is so much more going on that I’m sure I missed something or someone.

Overall I cannot say how much I loved this book, even with all the turmoil and roller coaster ride of emotions. Also while some is pretty dark we still get plenty of humor .

I rate it full 5★ again .


Some of my favorite quotes:


“Lex malla, lex nulla,” said Julian with a regretful wave of his hand. It was the Blackthorn family motto: A bad law is no law.

“I wonder what other family mottoes are,” Emma mused. “Do you know any?”

“The Lightwood family motto is ‘We mean well.’ ”

“Very funny.”

Julian looked over at her. “No, really, it actually is.”

“Seriously? So what’s the Herondale family motto? ‘Chiseled but angsty’?”

He shrugged. ‘If you don’t know what your last name is, it’s probably Herondale’?”

Emma burst out laughing. “What about Carstairs?” she asked, tapping Cortana. “ ‘We have a sword’? ‘Blunt instruments are for losers’?”

“Morgenstern,” offered Julian. “ ‘When in doubt, start a war’?”


“Sometimes the most ruthless heart speaks the most truth”


“Fiction is truth, even if it is not fact. If you believe only in facts and forget stories, your brain will live, but your heart will die.”


“Magnus Bane. The Ultimate Traitor.


Not my favorite nickname. I prefer, "Our Lord and Master" or maybe "Unambiguously the Hottest.”


“Zara: It's just a registry...

Kit: Am I the only one who's read X-Men and realizes why this is a bad idea?”







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review 2018-02-13 14:42
Review: Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare
Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices) - Cassandra Clare

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?




Okay, where to start other than saying I loved the book? If you have not read any of the previous books in the Shadowhunters world and don’t want to be spoiled I recommend to you read them first. Plus some things will make more sense if you read them.

I must admit while I have read and loved The Infernal Devices Trilogy I have only read the first three books in The Mortal Instruments which I also enjoyed but yet have to read the last three books. But thanks to the internet I know how it all ends, so I decided to finally start Lady Midnight which I had sitting on my shelve for some time now.

Now to Lady Midnight. I loved this book and I think it is my favorite book in the shadowhunters word I’ve read so far. Though The Infernal Devices are a close second.

In this book we meet the Blackthrons and Emma Carstairs. I really enjoyed them all. Julian seems all broody but really he has a soft heart and once you get to know it all it all makes sense. He has a lot to carry on his shoulders. Mark, I was not really sure for some time where he stands but I did like him a lot. I also enjoyed all the other kids in the family each had their own quirks and strengths. I look forward getting them to know more about them.

The Blackthorns are not having it easy, not at all.  It seems at first all is going smooth but the deeper we go in the more we see the flaws and the struggle, which made me love them even more.  With them comes Emma who lost her parents in the dark war and now lives with the Blackthorns and is also  Julian’s parabatai which comes with its own little difficulties as she is also in love with him. But as we know it is forbidden for parabatais to be lovers. "The Law is hard, but it is the Law."

We also meet Christina and Perfect Diego, both I liked very much and can’t wait to see more of. It would not be complete without some fair fold and a warlock both are pretty important as always to the story and both are scary, yet exciting to read.

We also get to see some people we met and loved in both The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments. Which was so great and written into this story perfectly. It was great to see them but even better to see them happy.

This book was a total emotional roller coaster ride and nonstop action. Plus we get some pretty wicked plot twists throughput the book. Every time I thought I had it figured out I was thrown a curveball.

Overall I loved this book and I can’t say much more without spoiling it so I just leave it at that. If you are a Cassandra Clare fan, than this book is a must read.

I rate this book a full 5 ★ and will start book two tonight .


Some of my favorite quotes:

“There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion. Every human heart was chained by love.”
“Lex malla, lex nulla. A bad law is no law.”
“Everyone is more than one thing,” said Kieran. “We are more than single actions we undertake, whether they be good or evil.”
“Laws are meaningless, child. There is nothing more important than love. And no law higher.”
“When you love someone, they become a part of who you are. They’re in everything you do. They’re in the air you breathe and the water you drink and the blood in your veins. Their touch stays on your skin and their voice stays in your ears and their thoughts stay in your mind. You know their dreams because their nightmares pierce your heart and their good dreams are your dreams too. And you don’t think they’re perfect, but you know their flaws, the deep-down truth of them, and the shadows of all their secrets, and they don’t frighten you away; in fact you love them more for it, because you don’t want perfect. You want them.”
“Heros aren't always the ones who win. They're the ones who lose, sometimes. But they keep fighting, they keep coming back. They don't give up. That's what makes them heroes.”



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text 2017-11-27 17:32
Reading progress update: I've read 708 out of 708 pages.
Lord of Shadows - Cassandra Clare


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text 2017-11-27 00:16
Reading progress update: I've read 520 out of 708 pages.
Lord of Shadows - Cassandra Clare

I really don't like him and this MOFO better stop messing with my favorite could be couple.


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text 2017-11-25 13:40
Reading progress update: I've read 270 out of 608 pages.
Lord of Shadows - Cassandra Clare

 well this should be interesting 

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