Greetings Earthlings! Today I’m reviewing the book that I’ve been waiting for months which Lord Of Shadows By Cassandra Clare, the second book in the Dark Artifices trilogy!
AND EMOTIONAL RAMBLINGS
because guess whose a emotional
Rating: + A: Perfect book with get characters and fantastic plot line.
Everyone is afraid of something. We fear things because we value them. We fear losing people because we love them. We fear dying because we value being alive. Don’t wish you didn’t fear anything. All that would mean is that you didn’t feel anything.”
OH MY GOD!!! THIS IS BOOK I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOREVER TO READ AND IT WAS SO WORTH IT!! If you didn’t know already, I’ve been posting reviews for the Shadowhunter Chronicles over the past couple months for my review of this book. I have already review City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire, Lady Midnight, The Infernal Devices, Tales from Shadowhunter Academy, and the first season of Shadowhunters which you should check out. SO here it is the review for Lord of Shadows and here’s what I have to say THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING AND PERFECT AND THAT LAST PART FUCKED ME UP REAL GOOD!! I was really excited to read this book if you didn’t know and this book really messed me up let me show you some of my tweets.
Also in other Cassandra Clare unblocked me on twitter. So yay!!! Okay back to the review, this book was so great, funny, emotional, heartwarming, emotional, and emotional. Oh man this book was just amazing! This book is about the same size of Lady Midnight and it somehow seemed bigger than it really was. Maybe because I read it on my kindle and not with an actual copy of book. The that it seems bigger wasn’t a compliant, I loved it because it made it seem like it would last forever! But it didn’t. Also like turns out this book wasn’t preorder so I had to go buy after I got home from school but this book came out during exam week and I had a french exam the next day so I couldn’t read it. I’m texting my best friend like ‘I really want to read it!’ and she’s like ‘no you have finals, just put your kindle away!’ So I like stuff my kindle under my bed but as I’m trying to go to sleep, I given in and read like 10% of Lord of Shadows before going to bed.
I tried to do notes for this but I was just like there is no time, you only have time to read this book! I’ve been putting a lot of effort into not getting spoiled for this book like Christine Riccio’s review came out *which you have read the book then go watch her review and all of her book reviews because she is amazing and so funny and I so wanted to watch it but I was just no I can’t! Even though I’ve finished the book, I have still haven’t watched her review because I need to get this done. That’s why the title of the review is called I don’t even know where to start because I don’t know where to start with this review like it is all out of order!
This book starts off Kit trying to adjust to being a Shadowhunter and the lost Herondale and he is doing that by following the steps of Jace which is being angsty *in my head I was singing that part! He is trying to steal some pretty daggers from the institute and Jace catches him and they start talking and it was pretty great. Some of the Mortal Instruments gang makes an appearance which is Jace and Clary and Magnus and Alec and their kids which I loved because its just refreshing to have the people from the other books come in.
Jace and Clary are there to help the new Herondale deal with everything like the fact that his dad is dead and everything he knew wasn’t true. Okay can we just talk about the fact that Clary is having dreams that she might die! Like what the hell is up with that? So I told my sister that Clary said no to his proposal and my sister takes my kindle from me and starts reading the scene and then suddenly she is like gasping from shock and I’m like girl what are you doing and then she gives me my kindle back and I’m reading the scene and it’s like what the hell.
I used to have dreams,” Clary said. She was staring out at the path the moon left across the dark water, like a slash of white bisecting a black canvas. “When I was your age. Dreams of things that were going to happen, dreams of angels and prophecies. After the Dark War was over, they stopped. I thought they wouldn’t start again, but just these past six months, they have.”
Emma felt a bit lost. “Dreams?”
“They’re not as clear as they used to be. But there’s a sense—a knowing something awful is coming. Like a wall of darkness and blood. A shadow that spreads out over the world and blots out everything.” She swallowed. “There’s more, though. Not so much an image of something happening, but a knowledge.”
Emma stood up. She wanted to put a hand on Clary’s shoulder, but something held her back. This wasn’t Clary, the girl who’d comforted her when her parents had died. This was Clary who’d gone into the demon realm of Edom and killed Sebastian Morgenstern. Clary who’d faced down Raziel. “A knowledge of what?”
“That I’m going to die,” Clary said.”
Like could this happen? Would Cassie do something like this and kill off the girl who started it all? I have know no idea what to expect from this like what the hell is going to happen! Is Clary going to tell anyone about this? Is she going to tell Jace because how is he feeling about the whole proposal rejection I mean I know they are still together but how long is she going to keep this a secret! What about Simon too? They are Parabatai does he know??? I guess I’ll just have to wait to find out! I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get to see Simon or Izzy in this book like did they get married and if not then can we see the wedding because I want to see my kids get married. If they do get married, is Isabelle going take the last name Lovelace or is Simon going to the last name Lightwood like what is going to happen? Okay I need to calm down next topic.
So Lady Midnight ends with Emma talking to Mark and she’s like we need to fake a relationship and then Mark is like why lie and then it just ends like that. I forgot about that until the book begins and Mark wins a fish at the fair and he gives to Emma and kisses her on the cheek and I start freaking out! Like what the hell, I remember Emma and Julian breaking up because she finds out from Jem that Parabatai that are in love can have strong magic that can drive them insane and they can kill everyone each other and the people they love but I forgot about the Mark part because he doesn’t know about the Julian thing he is just trying to get into a relationship with Emma so he doesn’t focus on Cristina with Diego or Kieran with betraying him. Emma just breaks it off and doesn’t tell Julian why so Julian is so bad about it and he takes a page from how to be angsty kids that says mean shit.
On the topic of confessions, were you planning on telling the rest of Mark’s family why you dumped their brother with no warning?”
Emma looked astonished. “You’re angry that Mark and I broke up?”
“I guess you’ve dumped two of their brothers, if we’re really counting,” he said as if she hadn’t spoken. “Who’s next? Ty?”
He knew immediately he’d gone too far. Ty was her little brother, just as he was Julian’s. Her face went very still.
“Screw you, Julian Blackthorn,” she said, spun on her heel, and stalked back upstairs.”
During this scene I was just like, Julian honey what the fuck are doing! Like all the Julian and Emma moments were filled with tension and I’m like dying over the stuff they are going through. Some of these moments were like the ones from Lady Midnight where there are a lot of almost but there are more actual kisses in this one and then we have the cottage scene! This scene was like the beach scene from Lady Midnight, Emma finally tells Julian everything after Julian admits that he stills loves her and he has never stopped even though he kissed that faerie girl but it turns out that the faerie girl was a shapeshifter and she looked like Emma so that’s why he kissed her. Then they go at it in the cabin and I’m like yes yes YES!!
Julian and Emma decide that nothing is going to stop them from being in love so they decide to find a way to break this parabatai bond. They remember how when Robert Lightwood was exiled his bond with Michael Wayland wasn’t as strong and when Michael died, Robert didn’t even know about it. So they decided that they are going to talk to Robert about Emma being exiled so they can find a way to break this bond and even though Emma would be away from her family and everyone she loves. Now I want them to be together but I don’t know about this ending and with the ending of this book, is it even going to happen? Because with Robert getting stabbed and Livvy dying I don’t know what is going to happen next.
Okay now it’s time to talk about the plot because I’m 1500 words into this and I’ve barely talked about it. Annabel is alive and we discover this at the end of Lady Midnight in the epilogue and we think that Malcolm is dead and that Emma killed him but his body is just thrown into the ocean and they can’t find it and I’m like DID WE LEARN ANYTHING FROM SEBASTIAN!! So we are at the institute with Diana and suddenly Malcolm just appears and is like you will give me a Blackthorn so that I can kill them and raise Annabel from the dead. Julian gets taken by the Seelie Queen and he watches Malcolm kill Arthur then Annabel comes to life and then Annabel kills Malcolm.
And then there are the Centurions, these god awful Centurions. So Perfect Diego is a Centurion and he and Cristina are getting their relationship back on track but then the Centurions come and we met Zara *sighs of annoyance. This bitch can just die because I hate her!!!!! SO MUCH WITH A PASSION!!!!! SHE IS MEAN, RUDE, AND SHE IS JUST LIKE I’M BETTER THAN EVERYONE AND I SAY STUPID SHIT ABOUT GOOD CHARACTERS THAT HAVE NEVER DONE ANYTHING WRONG!!!!!!! She is just like I killed Malcolm even though it was Annabel and she is so rude towards Downworlders and she is just like I heard Magnus Bane put a spell on Alec and I’m like YOU CAN JUST LEAVE!!! When the last part came and they used the sword on Annabel and she admits the truth that she killed Malcolm I was just like HAHAHA ZARA I HOPE THAT KNOCKS YOU DOWN A COUPLE PEGS!!!
I didn’t know what to think about Annabel because she seemed okay at first and she didn’t what to come back to life so they are trying to help her out. So they all come together with Magnus and they are trying to get the truth sorted out but like the day of the thing, Magnus just collapses and I’m like NO MY CHILD DO NOT FUCKING DIE ON ME!! So Kit goes and gets Alec and they have to deal with that and Annabel starts freaking out because they people don’t believe her and they use the sword on her and then she gets upset because they won’t give her the Blackthorn estate and she is just like upset that Magnus isn’t there so she just grabs the sword and stabs Robert! Then Julian and the others are trying to calm her down and then Annabel stabs Livvy!! Precious Livvy!! Adorable sweet Livvy! And the book ends with the family surround other Livvy’s body trying to make sure that she is okay and I’m like dying. I was reading this while I was eating dinner with my cousins and I’m like dying!
Livvy was such a good character and I sad that is she is gone. She had a weird story line with Kit though like they are just hanging out and then she is like just like kiss me and then Kit kisses her. If it were any other couple in the world then I would fine this but considering the fact that every time there is a scene with Kit and Ty, Kit just talks about how beautiful he thinks Ty is! So when they kissed I was just like dude what are you doing I mean you are clearly crushing on Ty hard! I really ship Ty and Kit at first I thought it was weird at first because when they first met they are just fighting and Kit is just he is so beautiful. But now they had do many great moments in this book and I’m like Yes! My favorite moment with them was after Livvy had been attacked in the Shadow Markets and he felt so bad about the attack because in Lady Midnight, Livvy talks about how she wants her and Ty to be parabatai but Ty wants to be a centurion. When Magnus is trying to cure her and he is just a like a parabatai bond could save her and since she doesn’t have one Ty takes the guilt. It’s such a cute scene where Kit is comforting Ty and it’s adorable!
Tell me,” Kit said. Tell me what you need.
“Put your arms around me,” said Ty. His hands were pale blurs in the air, as if Kit were looking at a time-lapse photo. “Hold on to me.”
He was still rocking. After a moment, Kit put his arms around Ty, not quite knowing what else to do.
It was like holding a loosed arrow: Ty felt hot and sharp in his arms, and he was vibrating with some strange emotion. After what felt like a long time he relaxed slightly. His hands touched Kit, their motion slowing, his fingers winding themselves into Kit’s sweater.
“Tighter,” Ty said. He was hanging on to Kit as if he were a life raft, his forehead digging painfully into Kit’s shoulder. He sounded desperate. “I need to feel it.”
Kit had never been a casual hugger, and no one had ever, that he could remember, come to him for comforting. He wasn’t a comforting sort of person. He’d always assumed that. And he barely knew Ty.
But then, Ty didn’t do things for no reason, even if people whose brains were differently wired couldn’t see his reasons immediately. Kit remembered the way Livvy rubbed Ty’s hands tightly when he was stressed and thought: The pressure is a sensation; the sensation must be grounding. Calming. That made sense. So Kit found himself holding Ty harder, until Ty relaxed under the tight grip of his hands; held him more tightly than he’d ever held anyone, held him as if they’d been lost in the sea of the sky, and only holding on to each other could keep them afloat above the wreckage of London.”
So cute! You know what was also so cute, it was Magnus and Alec with their two sons, Max and Rafael. I loved them so much! So when Magnus like passed out, I was just like no you have to live for your kids and Alec so that you guys can get marriage! I need book three like right now and I need those two need to be happy! On another note, you want to know who broke my heart with their love triangleness their names are Mark, Cristina, and Kieran!! So in the last book, Mark and Cristina are sort of starting this thing but then we met Kieran *well remet because we already met him and then they start making out against a tree. In the end of Lady Midnight, Kieran betrays Mark and so Mark breaks it off and Cristina starts dating Diego again. In this book, Mark finds out that Kieran is in trouble and he goes to save him and Emma, Julian, and Cristina come along with him. Cristina and Mark kiss but they still go and save Kieran who doesn’t remember anything at the end of Lady Midnight.
Kieran, Cristina, and Mark become bonded and so they can’t live without each other and Kieran can tell that Mark is hiding something from him which broke my heart because he doesn’t remember anything and Mark won’t break up with him and he just keeps leading him on! There was a lot of tension between the three though and I saw this post on tumblr about how those three would be in a relationship and I would have never had thought that in Lady Midnight but with this book I could totally see it. Now whether it will happen is something that I don’t now about but if it did I would be fine with it. When the Unseelie King gives him his memories back and Kieran remembers, he is so crushed and I’m like crying because he doesn’t deserve it! I love Kieran and even though he has made some mistakes, I just want him to be happy! When he gets memories back and after the fight at the institute, he talks to Mark and tells him that he will testify and then he will leave Mark alone and Mark is like No but Kieran wasn’t there at the whole Annabel show down so I guess he did leave.
That battle against those faerie guys called like the Hunters was epic and if I’m being honest I was kind of expecting someone to die because I saw a tweet that Cassie tweeted which was that like four people died so I was just like who is going to die! No one I loved die…. during that scene they died later on. Oh yeah apart of this book took place in London at the London Institute which I figure probably had something to do with the Last Hours so I was looking for like little easter eggs for that. But I haven’t read that book yet so like I’ll have to goo back and check that. Jessamine’s ghost appears in this and when she did I was like Hey I know you! When she talked about ghosts and then says how Tessa would come to see if Will’s ghost was around but he wasn’t because he died happy. Who else heart broke when she said that? I loved when Kit was looking through the books and he’s just like some idiot named Will H scribbled in all the books. Tessa and Jem weren’t in this but they were mentioned a lot, I’m just wondering what they are up to.
We also met our first transgender character who is Diana and we are also given her backstory which I glad. I mean I had never really know anything about Diana but she is talking to Gywn and she tells him about her past and for the first time we got to see her as a person because in Lady Midnight we just saw her as like the morals of the group and nothing else but in this we heard her story and I finally got to know her as a person as a character which I loved. What I really loved though was that I can’t wait to see more of her and more of her relationship Gywn because we haven’t seen her with anyone other the kids. We didn’t get to see a lot of Tavvy and Dru in this book, I mean they were still there but not as much as they were in the first book. Dru is in this book more then Tavvy because we flash to her at the institute and she mets Jamie, Perfect Diego’s brother and I felt like something was happening there. I don’t if anything is but something could.
Guys this book was awesome and was much more than what I was expecting! I loved it so much this has got to be my favorite book this year! I wonder what will happen next because I’ve been watching a lot of Christine Riccio’s videos and I rewatched her Lady Midnight review and she talked about how just because Malcolm was stabbed doesn’t mean he was really died and then in this book, she was right he wasn’t really dead so now I’m wondering if all the other theories she could have are possible and I’m freaking out about it! Also this review has broken the record for longest review on my blog with 3718 words. Have you guys read this book? What did you think of it? Did you like or did you hate it? Let me know! I hope you enjoyed this review and make sure to look out for more coming your way. You should follow my book club here and other social media links. I posted rants like this once a week every week. Look out for more reviews and other random posts. Like, Comment, and follow for more rants like these! Also make sure to follow my social media links.
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