Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Book review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

“Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?’

This is it. I want to make an official statement that starting from this moment I’m suddenly and irretrievably afraid of all the sequels by Cassandra Clare. Oh, please! I’m not a stone-hearted girl; I have feelings! I feel shattered and cheated. All their pain has become my pain.


How do you do that, Cassandra Clare? How is that possible that amazingly full of love and devotion story has unjust and cruel consequences?


I’ve never received such broad emotional spectrum from the reading. It took me two days to calm down and comprehend what has happened. The heaven froze, and I’ve found that I stuck in between regret and despair. No way in and no way out. I will never be able to skip that moment. But even if I could, should I? Yes, the story gave me pain, but it told me about the great love. Once again.

I’m trying to explain all I feel without spoilers. But all I have is random thoughts. I don’t want to confuse you, but I need to share my feelings. I was speechless for two days, and finally, I’ve found my voice. It’s the only way to calm down. To write. And to share. 

Consider that your compass of excitement will go mad during the whole book, and you will hit the ceiling in the end. Cassandra Clare is flawless in plot twists and in playing narration games with the reader. Hope she will never waste this talent, it’s too precious for my inner reader. Broken-hearted inner reader, but still.

I’ve started my review from the end as I want to cover all cruel things with kindness and love. If you are a bibliophile, then you know everything about Shadowhunters series. From book to book the story overgrows with details, makes you fall in love with new characters and becomes even better. This one is not an exception.

I met the old regulars-characters: Magnus and Alec, Jace and Clary and my favorite couple – Tessa and Jem. Though their participation in the story was superficial, it was enough for me. I was pleased to know new episodes of their lives. It quenched the thirst of my curiosity. And, of course, I fell in love with newbies.

“Do you know why I am sure?” He whispered, kissing her temple, her cheek where it tasted like salt.

“Because when this universe was born, when it blasted into existence in fire and glory, everything that would ever exist was created. Our souls are made of that fire and glory, of the atoms of it, the fragments of stars. Everyone’s are, but I believe ours, yours and mine, are made from the dust of the same star. That’s why we’ve always been drawn to each other like magnets, all our lives. All the pieces of us belong together.”

He held her tighter.

“Your name, Emma, means universe, you know.” He said.

“Doesn’t that prove I’m right?”

New characters made all the love-point thing. Emma’s and Julian’s parabatai-love-story broke my heart into billion pieces. The threesome of Mark, Kieran and Cristina is an idyllic example of tolerance and prudence. But all of these predictable love stories were eclipsed by unpredictable Diana. She is my hero of the book. You never know which background character has more surprises. And here she came. 

The Blackthorns family is more than love. They are the self-sacrifice and protection; they are honor and all the right things at once. They breathe with love, and my only wish is – please, Cassandra, don’t harm them. However, the wishes are quicksands. 

“The universe couldn’t turn itself inside out of you. Wishing only bought you small blessings: a sleep without nightmares, your best friend’s safety for another day, birthday sunshine.”

If you’ve decided to read Lady Midnight, Lord of Shadows and Queen of Air and Darkness at once then… well… I feel worried about you because I have not enough strength for such feat. But it’s fine. I feel like all these heart-breaking stories weakened me. But YOU CAN DO IT.

Just don’t forget to tell me how it was. What else do comments below?

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