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Review: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

Title:  Queen of Air and Darkness

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy

In short: Final book in The Dark Artifices trilogy doesn’t quite reach the mark.

No spoilers

Hello. Brylie here. Long time fan of fantasy books. Especially YA fantasy books. Especially Shadowhunter books.  It goes without saying that I was therefore really, very extremely excited to get my hands on Queen of Air and Darkness (I mean after that Lord of Shadows ending!) The size of the book didn’t even really bother me at all I was so excited. I would deal with the pain of trying to hold the tome up if only to know how the story ends.

It ended okay. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t exactly blow my mind.

It started off well. My heart ached for all the characters in those first few chapters. Then it all got a little bit crazy. A little bit…dare I say it…? (*whispers it* like Fan Fiction). In fact, it sort of reminded me of going to watch The Force Awakens – with all the references to the original trilogy, it was just like a mega, mega fan had written the script for that film. I got the same feeling reading Queen of Air and Darkness.

There were reappearances by most characters who have been in the Shadowhunter books. Quite a few got quite ample page time, which I thought sadly distracted from the story that was being told in this book. It was not at all how I saw the final book turning out. In fact, it seemed like most of the story had been made up on the spot as if Clare had simply asked herself what the craziest thing she could put in the book was.

It didn’t work. This book did not shock me. This book did not move me. Most of the time I found myself snorting in disbelief at how absolutely strange the whole experience was. The real downer however was all those pages. There were so many fluffy moments in this book which made it kind of a drag. (I know a lot of fans of Shadowhunters would enjoy these bits, but I found them boring and unnecessary).

I’m sad to say I ended up skimming over the last few pages of this book because I was so frustrated with it.

I’m rating this one 2.5/5 stars.


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