Lord of Shadows
by Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2017
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
It took me a while to finish this book. Not only because it’s a huge volume, but because I prolonged the agony of reading the end of this installment – with good reason. It was one of those rare moments when I sought spoilers just so I could prepare myself for the worst. And after everything is said and done, I’m still raw just thinking about it. It hurts. Still.
This installment, per usual, is crammed with plots and subplots that were sometimes tough to untangle. But if you ask me the what the crux of this novel is, I say it’s about Julian and Emma’s parabatai predicament. In the meantime, conflicts around them continue to pester. There’s the fact that a group called, the Cohort is slowly gaining momentum towards a registry that could spell trouble for the Downworlders. The Unseelie King has never forgotten his son, Kieran’s betrayal. As well, Mark. But since Kieran doesn’t remember what had transpired, he was left with little choice but to help him when he was literally about to be killed as a punishment for his betrayal. The Black Volume of Death is the hubris that each warring powers are on the hunt for; each one vested in trying to acquire it all for the sake of gaining more power.
Honestly, there were so many things going on in here. It seems that every time I read a book by Ms. Clare, all my synapses had to be firing, otherwise, I miss out on important details about this universe as a whole. Regardless, she still does a fantastic job of seamlessly tying everything together. And half the fun of reading these books is the painstaking way of gluing all the pieces, anyway.
Oy. That ending, though. I don’t remember a time when I dreaded the end of a book so much. That is to say, the end of a Cassandra Clare book. I had a lump in my throat and a heavy anvil in my stomach. (Special thanks to Carina for preparing me for the worst.) But even knowing how it ends didn’t really help. I was still devastated.