Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
# of Pages: 720
Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Do I recommend this book?
Absolutely! I think anyone who can read should read this book.
Plot development: 10
Ease of Reading: 10
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):
Holy cow. Talk about a fantastic sequel. Like wow. Cassandra Clare never ceases to amaze me. this book was so full of action, and it was so hard to put it down. Usually when I read these really long books like this one, there are parts where the plot slows down and I get kind of bored. But that never happened in this book. I was so entertained the whole way through the story.
I was also pleasantly surprised by how much this book made me laugh, cry, scream, and smile. It just evoked so much emotion out of me, and I loved that.
Let’s talk about some of the characters now. Emma is such a great protagonist. I love her so much, and I loved how she’s very strong and supports herself and the Blackthorns.
Julian is also equally as great as Emma, and I love how complex of a character he’s become. He’s very sweet, but he will also do anything to save his family.
All of the other characters in this book were of course fantastic, and I loved how a lot of them played important roles in the story. We got to see parts of the story from their point of views, and not just Emma and Jules’.
There was also some characters included from the other Shadowhunter series, and some of them played important roles, too. You definitely have to read the other books before this one, just a warning.
We also learned a lot more about the Shadowhunter world in this book, and I really enjoyed that. It was very interesting.
The next book is definitely going to be very intense based on how this one ended. The ending actually blew me away, and I still can’t quite comprehend everything that happened in a span of the last 20 pages.
I also don’t know if I liked this book or Lady Midnight more. They were both so fantastic. This may be my favorite series out of all of the Shadowhunter series so far. I don’t know if I can say that for sure yet, because I do also really love the Infernal Devices trilogy. I think it’s actually going to come down to the last book in this trilogy to determine which one is my favorite. Cassie just keeps getting better and better though, so I won’t be surprised if this becomes my all time favorite trilogy.
Definitely go read all of Cassandra Clare’s books. They are all incredible.