Title: Lord of Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
No major spoilers.
Can Cassandra Clare do any wrong? Lord of Shadows is certainly proof of her ever growing talent to create admirable characters and throw them into tumultuous situations.
The second book in the Dark Artifices series is simply amazing. If you’ve read Lady Midnight then you’re probably already well acquainted with Emma Carstairs and the Blackthorn siblings. However whilst where Lady Midnight focuses more on Emma and her growth as a character, the second one allocates a lot more time to other characters who feature in the books.
I loved reading more about these characters in this book and as I did, I started to like them more than I had in the previous book.
However, I did feel the novel was a little weighed down with all the points of view within it. There were quite a few scenes with Ty, Livvy and Kit as well as some with Mark, Cristina and Kieran, some with Drusilla and a few with Diana. (I feel a little out of breath listing them all here, and, of course these accompany Emma’s point of view).
In the context of the story, most of the time this made sense and it’ll be interesting to see how all the different points of view shape the next book. Those not overly familiar with the characters might find the format a little confusing. Not having re-read Lady Midnight before I delved into Lord of Shadows – I had to reacquaint myself with all the characters again.
Despite this, the book was a fast-paced read full of plenty of tense and interesting moments. I was impressed again in this novel with how diverse each of Clare’s characters are. Within this novel there were gay, lesbian characters, as well as a character with autism and another who is transgender. Which is definitely something I’d love to see more of in Young Adult/Fantasy.
Also a little warning – this novel does end on a cliffhanger, so if you can’t deal with all the feels, I definitely recommend setting it aside until the next book is released.
I’m rating this one 4/5 stars.