AHHHHHHHHHHHHH !!!! I have just finished the Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandre Clare and yes … I read the whole novella in 2 days even though I was meant to be studying. I am almost speechless. You know that feeling when you really connect with a book and then it ends and you just don’t know what to do … that’s how I feel right now. Let me tell you why ….
!!! CONTAINS SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE LORD OF SHADOWS !!!
Title: Queen of Air and Darkness
Series: The Dark Artifices
Author: Cassandre Clare
“What is damnation is the price of true love?
Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of the warlocks.
Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead 💀. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined.
Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.”
– the blurb from Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandre Clare
It’s a race against time, with the curse of the parabatai looming over Emma ad Julian they must find away to break the bond or stop loving each other forever.
Follow Julian and Emma as they are sent on a secret mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead from Annabel Blackthorn, little do they know, they are about to embark on a journey that could change their lives forever. Emma and Julian will uncover secrets that the monarch’s of the Seelie and Unseelie Court have tried to bury for a long time.
Ty won’t accept that Livvy is gone, after all, Malcom brought Annabel back from the dead. Ty and Kit band together as they search for a way to bring back the Blackthorns dead sister with the help of a warlock – Ragnor. But nothing is that simple; when it come to necromancy, there is always a price to pay. And Kit may not be who he thought he was.
Meanwhile Jace and Clary are missing, they never returned from their mission to the Faerie Courts and people are beginning to fear the worst. With the Cohorts power rising, Zara is finally a true threat and her and her minions will stop at nothing to rid the world of downworlders – no matter what the cost. A war is coming and everyone must chose a side, including Emma ad Julian. Things will never be the same again ….
Sooooo, what can I say about the final thrilling yet heartwarming instalment in The Dark Artifices series ??? It kept me on the edge of my seat💺 for sure. This book made my cry and laugh and wish I could be a part of this incredibly magic yet dangerous world. I feel very sentimental about all the characters in the novella, as I have been reading books abut the Shadowhunters for such a long time, I really do feel connected to all of them. I especially loved the short bonus story at the end about Jace and Clary, it plastered such a huge smile on my face that I probably look a total idiot, but that’s ok. really can’t decide which couple I prefer more : Julian and Emma or Jace and Clary, they are both so similar yet so different and I love them both.
For those of you who have read my other posts, you will know that teh Lux series is m favourite, but after reading The Dark Artifices, it has really reignited the love I have for the Shadow World and I can no longer say which I prefer. To sum it up, The Dark Artifices was truly incredible: it was the just-on-more-page kind of read that has found a very special place in my heart along with The mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices and the Lux series (by Jennifer L.Armentrout)