Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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4stars

Sometimes some you have known all your life becomes no longer familiar to you, but strange in a marvelous way, as if you have discovered a beach you have been visiting all your life is made not of sand but of diamonds, and they blind you with their beauty.

Title: Lord of Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices #2
Number of pages: 699 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: I loved how we got to know more about Gwyn and other faerie mysteries.
Bad things about this book: The romance between some characters war totally nonsense and I hated it.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Rate: 4/5

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Took me 20 days to finish this. Some days I didn’t want to pick it up, some other days I wanted to read it just to get it over with. It doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. Don’t get me wrong: there is much I liked but there was also a lot I didn’t. Too much unnecessary drama, the miscommunication, the lies, oh my how many lies and tricks. You’d think they’d learned not to do it after the disasters of the previous book but nooooo here we go again, hiding things, making the worst decisions, not thinking anything through.

Our teenage heroes have to venture into forbidden lands for a mission that will unveil plans and secrets from the Lord of Shadows, aka the Unseelie King. The Black Volume is still lost and it contains too many dark spells to be left floating at large. It doesn’t only contain necromancy spells but it contains spells that could strip shadowhunters of their angelic powers. That could be the end of the world and the dominion of the Lord of Shadows all over humans, shadowhunters and downworlders. I’m fascinated by the fair folks and I want to know everything there is to know about the king, the queen and their secrets. They can’t lie but they can deceive and they’re very good at that. I want to know what they are planning.

Julian sought Mark in the crowd on the steps. He was standing with his hands behind his back, exchanging a mistrustful look with a carved stone gnome. “Your pretense does not fool me, gnome,” he muttered. “My eyes will be upon you.”

You may think the Lord of Shadows is the most evil creature in the whole world and he is the one that is a danger to our teenage heroes, but you’ll be wrong!! The Dearborns and the Cohort were the most awful villains to ever have graced the pages of a shadowhunter book, in my opinion. So hateful and kick butt worthy! Everything was their fault, everything that happened in the last chapter was 100% their doing because they are megalomaniac racists bigots. The worst kind of human beings/shadowhunters.

The romance got to my nerve! That useless plotline of forced love that for me had zero chemistry ruined everything for me. I’m talking about Mark and Cristina obviously. I thought Cristina had more chemistry with a random centurion that she had with Mark. They don’t belong together and as much as I like Kieran (I like him A LOT), I think Mark needs to be by himself for a while and be a big brother. That romantic storyline felt so forced and pointless I sighed everytime I knew a Mark+Cristina moment was approaching. I like Cristina so I hope she finds happiness but, girl, you better keep looking. I know Mark is divine but you both are wrong for each other. Get yourself someone else!

Julian was the kind of person who could descend into Hell and come out with the devil himself owing him a favor.

I may be rambling but I got mad about that. Also about how stubborn Julian was being with the martyr mask he liked to wear. Bad decisions were made, that’s an understatement, and people got hurt. The ending did not shocked me, not much, because the internet is a source of unwanted spoilers you can’t avoid and I already knew a lot of things that were going to happen.

This review is only me being angry at the unnecessary love authors like to put in books. Like it’s so unlikely that two people meet each other for the first time, become friends, and NOT fall in love. What was I thinking? That happens all the time, right? Impossible for them to be, I don’t know, just good friends.

There are still 220 days left until the release of Queen of Air and Darkness that, if I’m not wrong, will be the last book of this shadowhunters trilogy. Am I worried? Oh hell you bet I am! But I’m also curious about a lot of things; I can’t wait to be angry at the forced love story, and to see those two parabatai be free to love each other without lies, curses or LIES. Did I already say lies? I thought it was worth repeating myself. I also can’t wait to see Ty and Kit’s friendship blooming. Those two are adorable and their friendship is worth every single cringe worthy moment of the unnecessary story line I have to bear witness to. See you in 220 days!

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

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“That’s not the spirit of the law, Emma. Remember? The Law is hard, but it is the Law.”
“I thought it was ‘the Law is annoying, but it is also flexible.”

Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Why you should read this book: Because it will take you again the world of Shadowhunters and Downwolders.

Summary from Goodreads:

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

“Lex malla, lex nulla. A bad law is no law.”

So, I really liked this book but not a 5 stars like, more like a 4- stars like. I enjoyed the story and the characters are great, every one of them with their own personality and charisma. What I didn’t enjoy much was the length of the book, maybe it was a little too much, maybe there were a little too many descriptions that could’ve been avoided. Besides that, I enjoyed the mystery, the drama, the secrets, the lies, the modernity in a world without it, the laughs, the boys, the girls, the pizza, and the sass.

“The whale without Ahab is just a whale. A whale with no problems. A stress-free whale.”

I didn’t like very much the love stories. Maybe only one but then of course it was ruined, RUINED, I saw a lot of potential in it and it was ripped away from me a little too soon. I hope we are going to see more of it in the second book because I need it.

“Faeries are dramatic. It’s what we do.”

When I read Emma and Julian were parabatai I told myself BUT OF COURSE, they will fall in love, their love will be forbidden, drama here, drama there, misunderstandings everywhere. Well, the usual, right? I wasn’t hopeful, I started the book already prepared for what it indeed delivered.

“Emma,” said Cameron warningly. “The Clave won’t like it.”
The Clave was the Shadowhunter government. In Kit’s experience, they didn’t like anything.”

The Blackthorns were really nice to read about. The character I loved the most in this book was Ty, Tiberius Blackthorn. I thought he was a little bit like myself, different from the other members of the family, weirdly excited about random stuff, doesn’t show much affection but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t love everyone around him. He shows he cares differently and his personality is adorable. I want to read more about him.

“Why are you wearing a T-shirt under your other T-shirt?” Livvy asked.
“In case one of them is stolen,” Marked said, as it were entirely normal.”

I, of course loved Mark. Who can resist a half faerie half nephilim guy with pointed ears who speaks lie he came right from an old book? Lovely beyond compare. Yeah, he starts changing the way he speaks the more he stays among shadowhunters but nontheless he is a fascinating character and I loved almost everything about him. He annoyed me a little bit the last chapters of the book because, come on, you overreated, man-elf, that’s not nice!

“This cat is looking at me with judgment.”“He’s not,” said Jules. “That’s just his face.”“You look at me the same way,” Mark said, glancing at Julian. “Judgy face.”

I liked that Julian wasn’t like Jace, all emo about life. He isn’t exactly a ray of shunshine but he is adorable and he is trying his best, he loves too much and that’s a problem and it’s going to be a huge problem in the next book, I’m sure of that. Loving too much is painful and can break you. Oh, it is going to break him, and us. Oh yeah, it is going to happen.

“These pictures are my heart. And if my heart was a canvas, every square inch of it would be painted over with you.”

The mystery. Who is the murder? What is going on in LA? I had a couple of suspects in the beginning, they weren’t the murders, I misjudged them and I’m sorry of that. The murder wasn’t 100% a surprise buti t was hidden quite well. If they didn’t guessed it and I didn’t guessed it then I can say that I am as smart as at least 8 shadowhunters. I like that.

“No one is ever the villain of their own story.”

I may be one of the few that liked how the book ended. I saw the point in everything that happened. I think that was a very wise move because it involved the life of another human being. It’s a not a silly thing, it’s not a decision made by a confused teenager who doesn’t know best. The decision was thought deeply and I think it was the only way to go. Lies are bad but in this case, I cannot say it isn’t for the best.

Well, it’s not that I can’t really wait for the sequel but I’m very curious. I just hope it’s not going to be an over 700 pages book, I will settle for 580, 590 tops.

Do I recommend it? Of course, if you missed Shadowhunters you really should read this.
Rate: 4/5

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