Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
In the second book of Cassandra Clare’s new series, The Dark Artifices, Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn are dealing with the after affects of Malcolm’s betrayal. The LA Institute is swarming with Centurions while the Blackthorns and Emma try to deal with what comes next. After a trip through the Unseelie and the Seelie Courts they learn more about the Black Volume and how they can end the Cold Peace.
While the first book in the series was all about finding the person who was ending so many lives, Lord of Shadows centered around the Black Volume and what it could do for the Shadowhunter world. Overall, it felt like there was a lot of build up for a plotless story.
By the end of the book I was a bit disappointed. Cassandra Clare’s writing is not my favorite, but she does know how to weave a great story. With Lady Midnight I thought she was stepping up her game, and then was let down by the lack of development in Lord of Shadows. And without giving too much away, I really hated the ending. It seemed like Clare was trying to make up for the rest of the book by having a somewhat gimicky ending.
Despite the lack of a plot, I still really enjoyed this book. Not as much as the first, which is pretty clear by how long it took me to read this book. If you’re a huge Cassandra Clare fan, then there is no doubt in my mind that you’ll love this book. Be sure to add it to your to be read list!
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