TITLE: Lord of Shadows

AUTHOR: Cassandra Clare

Rating: ★★★★★

PAGES: 699

PUBLISHER: Margaret K. McElderry Books


GENRE(S): Fantasy, Shadowhunters

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare - The Contented ReaderWould 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.


Cassandra Clare has done it again! What an incredible book. So much so that I think I liked it more than Lady Midnight! I also chose to wait to read it closer to the release of Queen of Air and Darkness!

Lord of Shadows picks up after the events of the first book. Without spoilers, Emma and Julian and the whole Blackthorn clan continue investigating the Black Volume of the Dead. There is a lot revealed in this book and definitely sets it up for an interesting conclusion in Queen of Air and Darkness. 

My favourite aspect of The Dark Artifices is the characters. I absolutely adore each and every one of the characters in this series. I love Emma and Julian – the chaos that their relationship brings but also their undying dedication to one another.  Julian’s love for his family is so adorable. I also really love the faerie aspect within this book. We definitely learn a lot about The Wild Hunt, Mark and Kieran. It’s an interesting storyline intertwined throughout the book.

Also, this review would not be complete without mention of some of my favourite Shadowhunters. The fact that Clare includes these beloved characters in another series is wonderful. I absolutely love Magnus and I’m so happy to have had some time with him in this book!

One of the things that is interesting in this book is the presence of inclusion. There has been a lot of comments in the past about Clare’s lack of inclusion and diversity. We definitely see a response to this throughout this book. I don’t want to spoil this – but I definitely was pleased with the introduction of diversity within this story.

I really adore the storyline of this one. Even more so than Lady Midnight. If you’ve read my review, you’ll know it took me a long time to get into it. The ending totally breaks my heart – even just thinking about it. So much. But, I am happy I chose to wait for the release of Queen of Air and Darkness because now I can jump right into continuing!!

For all my Shadowhunter friends out there, you definitely will want to read this book! Overall, it’s one of my favourite Cassandra Clare books. I mean … THAT ENDING alone, should make you want to read it!

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.

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About The Author

Cassandra Clare Author Photo - The Contented ReaderCassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

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