I read this book a little later than the rest of the crowd, and was absolutely terrified of being spoiled. I publicly flailed at a computer because II read this book a little later than the rest of the crowd, and was absolutely terrified of being spoiled. I publicly flailed at a computer because I came *this* close (indicates with fingers) to being spoiled, or so I think. That being said, this book has a lot. It needs to be checked at an airport; it doesn't qualify as carry-on. Everything that has been established and set up in the preceding two books has come down to this installment. It reminds me a lot of the seventh Harry Potter in that way.
I was worried about the outcome, having read many a headcanon, and even a fanfiction that I thought was a sneak peek of the real deal, and I must say that Cassandra Clare exceeded all our expectations. Holly Black, in reference to the romance (which is really only one factor of this story. It may be a leading factor, but it's not purely a romance), called it "the Kobiyashi-Maru of love triangles," and she couldn't have been more right, both in the situation, and in Clare's assessment of the situation that we thought could only ever end in tears and hundreds of people rocking back and forth in a harmonized fetal position.
I won't say anything about the ending as far as details, only that it was also expertly handled. Being the second series written, but the first to occur chronologically, Clare had to tread carefully and be watchful as a hawk in making sure she didn't trip on things already established through TMI, or even information leaked about The Dark Artifices. Everything fell into place exactly where it was supposed to, and set up the upcoming series (plural) in such a way that I canNOT wait for them. Also, Bane Chronicles? We need summa that NAO.
Final word, on the family tree. WE NEED ANOTHER ONE! Certain families weren't covered, for obvious reasons, given that they weren't important to the story at hand, but they WILL BE!!! Also do NOT read until having finished the whole book, or you will be horrendously spoiled/not enjoy it as much.
A perfect, definitive end to the series that first beckoned me over to Cassandra Clare's name, and pulled me into a world I hope never to leave. ...more
This sequel was excellent, well worth the wait. My only issue was the ending, and not becauswe it was bad, because I was biting my nails the whole wayThis sequel was excellent, well worth the wait. My only issue was the ending, and not becauswe it was bad, because I was biting my nails the whole way through. My issue with the book is that it ends with a cliffhanger. And not a cliffhanger like Nevermore; that left me with the classic "What?!" expression. Enshadowed was more of a dying whale noise and dry sobbing for the characters. Isobel and Varen just can't catch a break! Once the last letter is written, Creagh needs to send them somewhere, like an empty beach, or maybe some angsty poetry reading (more Varen's speed). Character development was very good. Gwen became more than just the quirky comic relief that she started out as in Nevermore. Isobel, having gone through her mourning period in the first book, is one hundred percent determined in this installment. As far as she sees it, she is the only person in the world(s) willing and able to try to save Varen, and she doesn't care to what lengths or what risks she has to take to bring him home. And Pinfeathers! I can say that I sympathized with him, though I didn't out-and-out hate him the first time around. And as for villains, I just hope that Isobel finds some way to drive her into the ground, 'cause that wench has got it coming. While I didn't have as much trouble navigating the dreamworld as some people did in Nevermore, I do recognize that it was much easier to navigate this time around. One of my favorite aspects of this book was the way its themes and genre elements were delivered. In the jacket description, Nevermore described the book as a Poe-inspired paranormal romance, which it is. However, there are elements in the book, like astral projection, demons, and psychological suspense, that, had they been used to describe the book as a whole, might have affected my interpretation of the story. Rather than a book about these different things, Nevermore and Enshadowed make up a completely unique series that can't really be defined in any preceding terms. It's something I try to achieve when I'm writing a story, and Kelly Creagh does this (seemingly) without breaking a sweat. All in all, very good sequel, but the third book better come soon! I don't think my frayed nerves can take it!...more