Title: Lord of shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Narrator: James Marsters
Publisher: Simon & Shuster
Publisher audiobook: Simon & Shuster Audio
Page count: 699 (23hours 30 minutes)
Release day: May 23rd 2017
Series: The dark artifices #2
Rating: 5 stars
*See my review for lady midnight here!*
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
Would you trade
your soul mate for your soul?
A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.
Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?
Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.
When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.
What I thought:
Holy crap I loved this book! To be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to this book, not because of the story, since I also really enjoyed Lady midnight, but because of the length.. I love long books, but I’m not a big fan of long audiobooks. I don’t really know why, but independent of how much I’m liking the story, if the book is long I will start losing my focus at the end. But as soon as I started I was hooked by this book. I regretted every time I had to pause the book, and couldn’t wait until I could pick it up again 🙂
So let’s start with the narrator, for some reason they changed the narrator between book 1 and 2?! I don’t really see a reason why but both are really good! I think book 3 will be narrated by James Marsters again, which I’m happy with, he did it really well 🙂
Then for the characters, I absolutely ship Emma and Julian, they are the best! Kit and Ty are too precious, I love them, and need more stories about them! I really like Christina as well! Cassandra Clare has created so many amazing characters in this series, good and bad characters. All of them feel really well developed, and you really feel angry and sympathy towards the right characters.
And then for the story line. It was just amazing. This review is actually just me say this book was (almost) perfection, and that, if you haven’t yet, you should read it! The reason that I say almost perfection is that within chapters the POV would sometimes switch. I don’t know if it is because I listened to this book, but sometimes it confused me and it would sometimes take me a little bit before I figured out who we where following. In an audiobook it is really easy to not hear a name or something, especially if you listen on double speed, so I think if you physically read it you won’t have this problem. But nevertheless it was still amazing!
As I mentioned in the beginning I start losing my focus at the ending with long audiobooks. But then something happened at the ending, and I went back in the audiobook to relisten because I was convinced I heard it wrong (which I didn’t). And I literary sat behind my desk and just listened for approximately 10 minutes, probably with my mouth open haha.
Okay I don’t think I ever wrote such a long review for a book I really loved, so let’s end it with my saying I will listen to Queen of air and darkness soon! (when I’m mentally prepared for the story and the length of the book!)
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What is the last book you read and absolutely fell in love with?