Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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My rating: 4/5

Summary: 

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late. (x)

My thoughts:

This book wrecked me at the end.

I thoroughly enjoyed being back in the LA Shadowhunter world. It was interesting seeing Kit deal with his Herondale identity and seeing him find a place with Livvy and Ty. He also provided commentary on how Shadowhunters get things wrong with people who aren’t neurotypical. The conflict with the Cohort and the Centurions was very timely and obviously influenced by real-world events. I think the strength of this series is exploring the prejudices that Shadowhunters have and how it really has screwed people over, particularly Annabel Blackthorn and Mark and Helen Blackthorn. It’ll be really interesting to see where the last book goes and see if any lasting changes in Shadowhunter society happens.

I’m not a big fan of romantic drama, so I still wasn’t impressed with Emma and Julian’s dilemma. (It would have been so much easier if Emma and Cristina were girlfriends. A lot of their interactions really make it seem like they should be a couple. Just saying.) I honestly think it’s a bigger conflict than it needs to be and, quite frankly, it’s boring.

**Major spoilers**

I was completely devastated by Livvy’s death. I rarely cry over books and this one had me in tears. It was a shocking way to end the novel and it makes the wait for the next book almost unbearable.