I’d just like to say that I think The Dark Artifices might be up there with The Infernal Devices and I’m not even mad about it.
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Content warning: self-harm, suicide (of a non-main character)
Title: Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: December 4, 2018
Genre: Young adult, urban fantasy
Length: 912 pages
Synopsis: (via Goodreads) “What if 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 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.”
This book is one wild ride. Clare has this ability to have multiple plots with one cohesive, overarching plot and the two don’t necessarily feel like they’re battling with each other. The times when I asked myself, “Why are we here? What does this mean?” It all is explained in the end, and I’m not even mad about it! But I also think Clare, while drawing an end to Emma and Julian’s stories, opened up even more with the other characters. (To be honest, I really want a whole story about Dru.) All of this is masterfully done and when I try to think about what could be removed in order to shorten the book–let’s be honest, it’s a beast–I don’t think I want anything taken away. Clare makes you feel so much (or maybe that’s just me?) in this book! Also, can I just say WOAH to that ending? I mean, how are we going to come to terms with that?
I thought this book was a great reflection of things we see going on in the real world today, especially with Horace Dearborn and the Cohort. The whole “purity” thing has always bothered me, and there are so many times I wanted to scream at everything happening around Alicante and the “higher ups.”
There are so many points of view in this book. If it’s not done well, I get really turned off by the sameness. But I’m glad to say that this book wasn’t the case. Clare has a distinct voice for each of her characters–you can feel their closeness, their bond as friends and family, and it makes you never want to leave them. Ever. I loved how some of the old characters we’ve come to know and love from series past get some of the limelight, too. I feel like I appreciate those Clary, Jace, Alec, Isabella and the gang even more now that I know them as their older. This series reminded me how much I really like Magnus. (And makes me want to read The Bane Chronicles.)
Of course I love all the Blackthorns, too. What Julian did… I was just so angry at him.
And I just felt for Emma so much, too! Their feelings for one another was incredible intense and I loved every delectable moment. I really struggled trying to see how Emma and Julian could be together and let me just say, I was not expecting what happened with them. But I can’t argue. They deserve all the happiness. They’re so precious. ❤️
I want to know more and more of the Blackthorns and follow them wherever they go. I really hope Clare will write more about this family.
I will also fight for Mark, Cristina, and Kieran as I will fight for Gwyn and Diana because I have SO MANY FEELINGS about everything and everyone and I LOVE THEM ALL.
I really can’t find any fault here. The problems I had with The Mortal Instruments series has been swept under the rug mainly after reading The Infernal Devices and even more so with The Dark Artifices. Clare really knows how to drag you into her story, and she’s so familiar with the Shadowhunter world (yes, I know she created it, so don’t roll your eyes at me 😛 ), and I think she does a great job putting that on the page. Personally, if you haven’t read the previous series, you could pick this up and still know what’s happened in the previous ones. (I wouldn’t do that to myself, but I understand people don’t have all the time in the world to read Clare’s expansive Shadowhunter world).
All that to say…
Check out these other reviews:
- Many Things Bookish was super disappointed with the book. (Her review is spoiler-free!)
- Beth of The Books Are Everywhere gave this book a full 5 stars!
- If you’re looking for an in-depth, spoiler review, Taasia has you covered! She gave the book 3.5 stars.