[756]: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

Clocking in at 880 pages, Queen of Air and Darkness was a beast of a book. But then again, Ms. Clare has been putting out books of this size for the last few years. And yet, as daunting as it was, fans who are heavily vested in this series will find it as addictive as her other books; as easily read, and just as fantastic as all her other books in this world have been.

I started reading this during my holiday break as I’d planned. Aided with an audiobook, it still took me two weeks to finish this monster. And yes, it was a fantastic installment. One that was filled with heartbreak, adventure, amazing characters, and worlds beyond our wild imaginings.

the nitty gritty

Here, we witness the desperation the Blackthorn’s felt since losing one of their own. And one sibling in particular, who was willing to do whatever it takes to bring her back. Even indulging in dark magic. In the meantime, warlocks are getting sicker and sicker, Julian and Emma are dealing with the parabatais’-being-in-love curse, Jace and Clary are lost somewhere in fairy land, and the father and daughter menace known as Horace and Zara, respectively (I can’t, for the life of me remember their last name.) are about to get what they were after all this time: control of Shadowhunters, dissolution of the peace accord, and finally, finally getting rid of the downworlders. We are also introduced to a world we’ve never seen before. An alternate world where Sebastian roams free and wreaking death and destruction to the shadowhunters, downworlders, and humans alike.

the kids are alright

It was hard to read this book and not feel like your heart is being ripped into pieces. The Blackthorns had lost so much and suffered too many heartbreaks for such a young bunch. But at the end of the day, they have each other and their love shone through with every choices and sacrifices they make.

in other words

Look, this book is hard to condense in a 3-400 word review – which is my limit when I write a review, but just know that if you’re a fan, you’ll be clamouring for the next installment. There are so many things to look forward to, and without spoiling anything, there’s hopefully going to be an epic wedding in the next book. A certain prophecy not happening, and us fans getting twice the fun with Jace Herondale. I don’t know how many books are coming, but man, it’s going to be a painful wait.

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[725]: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

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.

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[668]: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

25494343 Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices, #1
Margaret K. McElderry Books | March 8th, 2016
Young Adult | Fantasy | Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars


In a kingdom by the sea…

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.

A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?


We first met Julian and Emma as kids in the last book of The Mortal Instruments. Barely escaping death, the kids were shell-shocked by what they witnessed as they fled the Los Angeles Institute. What’s more, a couple of their siblings were taken: one by the hunt, and the other – exiled. These kids grew up pretty fast.  Since the Blackthorns were killed during the Dark Days, Julian has had to play the role of the father figure to the rest of his siblings. On top of that, they had to hide the fact that their uncle barely has the capacity to look after himself, let alone run an institute. So Julian and Emma  hid this fact to the Clave to ensure that the rest of the Blackthorns will never be separated. But now something bigger is at stake

When the bodies of murdered humans and faeries alike turned up in a way Emma’s dead parents were found, Emma and Julian found themselves consorting with the fairies to solve the murders. Part of the agreement was to hide the uneasy alliance from the Clave; because to align themselves with the fairy folk is a direct violation of the Accord. The kids may not have a choice, though. In fact, this may be their only chance to get their brother back. As they piece together the mystery of the murders, they unearth a tragic love story that could very well end in more tragedy.

My Thoughts

Cassandra Clare’s novels always leave me floundering for words. For someone who is infinitely against fantasy, she sure has a way of making me forget this fact. But then again, one could argue that this is not fantasy per se.

The story of Lady Midnight is a tragic one. Even more tragic? The developing love story between Emma and Julian. If there is one thing that I know with all certainty that will drive me up the wall about this new series is how CClare is going to tackle this slowly surging train wreck. I’m equally excited and terrified of it, to be honest. I remember when I first read City of Ashes many years ago and throwing it on the floor soon after finishing. I thought she was cruel when she took Jace and Clary’s relationship right in that shocking direction. But we all know how that turned out, so that gives me a little comfort. One thing’s for sure, the road to HEA will be paved with hapless agony.

Now, the haters out there are convinced that this is yet another attempt of Clare to beat a money-making cash cow. Those people are what I would call, WRONG. This was not an attempt to regurgitate a tired story line. We’re introduced to new adventures, new legends, and characters that will incite feelings of fealty and hatred on some. Hate it or love it, I know many of us will be on tenterhooks for the books to come. This exciting new series is the perfect panacea to those who are missing the TMI characters something fierce. We get glimpses of the characters we’ve adored over the years. And as a bonus Magnus and Alec’s adopted a blue baby. Like, literally blue. Love. Love.

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