This review contains spoilers. If you would rather read the book without subtle hints, then please, stop now. If you’re still reading then I assume you’re ready for some juicy details.
Two (major) people died in this book. Lucky you, they both died in the last chapter. So you don’t have to face the book’s ending chapters with pain and scorn. But you will the acknowledgements. One of the deaths was a little more “oh, damn”. The other was “God! No! No no no no! Nooooooooo!” You probably understand what that means.
Lord of Shadows is the second book in Cassandra Clare’s The Dark Artifices series and it is quite a ride. The book is written as Cassandra writes, with lots of details. I like the fact that she doesn’t just want her readers to imagine a room, but she wants them to experience it. Also to note is how she really helps her audience understand the characters, building something of a connection. And when I did connect with the characters, I got to understand their actions. I got to really know them.
That said, I still did not see the ending coming. I expected a fallout, but it wasn’t who I expected or how I expected it to happen. And looking back, you can kinda see how she set the pace for the next book in the series which will be released later this year.
One thing I also never saw coming is the magnificent strength of Emma’s blade, Cortana. Cortana really shone through this book, achieving some feats that were quite astounding to say the least. Commendable for being made by Wayland the smith, there’s a lot more about this blade that is still gray. Believe me. I had to reread some of its action scenes.
The book also has its armory of nostalgia from the days of The Infernal Devices. A handful of memories were passed down, with a few other sentiments. If you’ve read the “earlier” series, then some characters, actions and places will be fairly familiar. I often found myself smiling at the little things here and there.
Remember Kit? I have a feeling he’s going to play a major role in the third book. His last name alone is reason enough, but a being supposedly older than time all but confirmed it. This book however, saw Kit warming up to life as a Shadowhunter, with the twins. Their chemistry as a group is endearing. The twins are already formidable on their own, but a third member worked really well. Kit’s fascination with Tiberius is understandable, it’s not everyday someone breaks into your house and points a knife at your throat. But Ty’s decision allowed for a somewhat smooth transition, one that the whole book benefits from.
Also, this book gave us a chance to see Drusilla, the thirteen-year-old Blackthorn. Now old “enough”, she demands a more active role. And this literally puts her in a place even we don’t know about. And with all that’s going on, we can only hope that she hasn’t gotten herself into any trouble. But knowing Cassandra, that’s highly unlikely.
The whole Julian-Emma-Mark-Christina weirdness continues in this book too. JEMC? JEMTina? Julistinarkemma? The emotional rollercoaster that befalls these characters is ours too as we try to make sense of their situation. There were some really heartbreaking scenes and some that almost had me yelling. But there was also drama. We were given a wisp of clear air, and then a bigger wisp of smoke.
Of course, being the second book in the series, there are so many unanswered questions. The “this isn’t over” feeling practically clogs the air. With Kieran’s father, The Unseelie King, playing a more active role, things are surely going to get even darker. The impending war, and the many questionable choices that the characters make, confirm that the third book is bound to be a feisty one. And that makes the wait even harder to endure.
Cassandra really did a good job with this one, and I really cannot wait for the next. I do recommend picking this book up if you haven’t read it already. You can find it here. Let me know what you think of the book if you have read it. And if there’s something I missed, feel free to leave it in the comments.
Once again, thank you for reading my review on Lord of Shadows, the second book in The Dark Artifices series. I noticed something earlier though. In the March On! post earlier this month, I listed ten books that I would try to read. And I noticed later on, that March doesn’t have up to ten Wednesdays. Weird huh?
So, in order to clear the reading list before April rolls in, we only have time for two more reviews. I’m already done with Artemis, and I’m about halfway through Clean Sweep now. And to that effect, I would like you guys to comment below which of the ten books you’d rather see a review on. The books with the most comments win, and we can get ready for April’s staple.
Until next time, have fun reading!