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.’ ”
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?”