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Lord of Shadows

(The Dark Artifices #2)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  109,123 ratings  ·  13,618 reviews
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
Hardcover, 701 pages
Published May 23rd 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Mina i don't think she will. It would just feel so fake. She adds references - Jem being alive the biggest one- but if they actually went back in time it w…morei don't think she will. It would just feel so fake. She adds references - Jem being alive the biggest one- but if they actually went back in time it would feel unreal and spoil it. but she is writing series that take place in about Will and Tessa's time. with their kids etc. so that should be fun(less)

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Emma Giordano
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I said it before and I will say it again, The Dark Artifices is Cassandra Clare's most sophisticated work yet.

(Heads up: my Goodreads review is spoiler free but hopefully later this week I'll be posting my spoiler-filled and probably way too long video review to my YouTube channel:

Lord of Shadows is the sequel we've all been waiting for. It has the same amount of high-intensity, beautifully constructed, and deep, yet comedic content we love to see from The Shadowhunt
Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Don't talk to me for like a week.
In other news, I broke my promise again of not reading the book the day it comes out and in one sitting.

Why I always do this to myself?
I always read the book the day they come out and in one sitting and I don't think about the consequences like how I have to wait another whole f*cking year again.
This book is going to make me suffer. I know it. Like Clockwork Prince.
I think I better wait until the last book comes out to read the whole series com
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Unfortunately, this wasn't as good as the first time I read it - probably because I already knew the ending. It was still an enjoyable read overall, but I was bored at times.

Original 5-Star Review
Excuse me, but WHAT JUST HAPPENED?
Claudia Ramírez
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-2017, 2017, my-sons
4.5 stars.

✨    jamieson   ✨

➙ I would definitely die for Emma. A queen. We stan.
➙ I still adore Julian with all my heart but he scares me EVEN MORE
➙ Ty's letter makes me CRY jhgkjdfhkjfgkdfjghdfk
➙ "my dream is that we all get to go back to the institute together and be a family" Cassandra that was cruel
➙ Ok ..... I kinda hate Kieran less? Still aint a fave tho :/
➙ Alec Lightwood remains iconic,
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
My reaction after finishing Lady Midnight



My reaction after finishing Lord of Shadows


I've had it with love triangles! I'm usually up for them as long as my ship prevails in the end ;) but man did Cassie complicate things for every possible pairing in this book.

Emma/Julian/Mark - I thought this triangle wasn't so bad after I was done with Lady Midnight cause I knew Emma and Julian couldn't be romantically involved but Cassie effed things up with E&J always finding ways to hold each other and kis
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
When it comes to Lord of Shadows I really don't even know where to start! I loved the book! I loved it so much I found myself rereading certain passages just because I couldn't help myself but had to experience them again and again. =)

Cassie has always been one of my favourite authors and the more I read from her, the more I get captured in her world. It’s not just the world of the Shadowhunters though, it’s the entire package Cassandra Clare is giving to us. There were so many details and t
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Break my heart. Break it in pieces. I give you permission.”

I don't recall giving my permission though. I don't recall allowing Cassandra Clare to wreck havoc on my soul and stomp on its pieces before scattering them to the wind. But she did it anyway.

“A dark time is coming for Shadowhunters. A terrible time. Their power will be crushed, their might thrown down into the dirt, and their blood will run like water through the riverbeds of the world.”

Blood, ashes and despair
C.G. Drews
Read 2 | January 2019

hi I am practically deceased and this is a ghost of a fury screaming from the grave for absolutely ever. omgggg this book. omg. I'm wildly and intoxicatingly fond of this series (WOULD DIE FOR MARK) and the absolute way it's just captured me??? 10/10 would suffer for The Dark Artifices forever thanks.

My most notable thoughts thru this reread are (besides a general ajfJKALDSFD WHY IS IT PERFECT ON EVERY PAGE) is how much I freaking adore the autistic rep for Ty (it. is. accur
Beatrice in Bookland
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2017
"I thought you loved me. I don't know how I got that so wrong."

- Julian @ Emma
but also
- ↋Me @ Cassandra Clare after that ending

crying photo: awful crying cry.gif

May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Someone :) just :) kill :) me :) and :) end :) my :) pain :)

I can't deal with this hell I'm living in right now. Someone hold me. Then kill me. Please.

SERIOUSLY CASSIE CLARE, SERIOUSLY? Stabbing me in the heart would've hurt less. How dare you. How. dare. you. I want to punch you. But you're also my queen??? BUT I WANT TO PUNCH YOU SO HARD FOR DOING THIS TO ME.

And now, I have to :) wait :) two :) years :) for :) the :) final :) book :)

5/19/2017: Not long now till this beauty is released!!!!

Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Melanie by: Lea (drumsofautumn)

1.) City of Bones ★★★
2.) City of Ashes ★★
3.) City of Glass ★★★
1.) Clockwork Angel ★★★
4.) City of Fallen Angels
2.) Clockwork Prince ★★★★
5.) City of Lost Souls ★★★★
3.) Clockwork Princess ★★★★★
6.) City of Heavenly Fire ★★★★★
*.) The Bane Chronicles ★★★
*.) Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy ★★★
1.) Lady Midnight ★★★★★

“Fiction is truth, even if it is not a fact. If you believe only in facts and forget stories, your brain will live, but your heart will die.”

First and foremost, I am so tha
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Unpopular opinion time! Meaning I liked it, didn't love it like everyone else in the world! Damn it all!

I was pretty excited for this book to come out. The love triangles in the books get on my nerves so I wasn't drop everything and lets read it now. I just wanted to get through it at one point.

I love Kit's character. I think he's funny and coming into his own at being a Shadowhunter.

I loved that Jace and Clary made another appearance, but I'm worried at one of the things that was told in conf
He told me of your journey, and I guessed your mission. I knew you would not survive the Lord of Shadows' tricks without aid."

Lord of Shadows you get ALL of the stars!

Spoiler free review, although I do mention bits that I like that don't give away the storyline. If you haven't read Lady Midnight I'd suggest you don't read this :)

I have eagerly anticipated this book since I finished Lady Midnight and it honestly didn't let me down what so ever. I had the best two girls to buddy Read with Sailor a
amy ☂︎
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
this is one of those rare times where i am at a loss for words. i don't know how to describe what i went through while reading this book, i don't know how to express my love for all of these beautiful characters and i don't know how to say anything else then AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAa in regards to that heart crushing ending.

i think it's official to say that i now feel very differently about cassandra clare's books than i did a few months ago.


i just.......... don't know how to put my feelings into words
Elle (ellexamines)
“When a decision is made by the government it emboldens those who are already prejudiced to speak their deepest thoughts of hate. They assume they are simply brave enough to say what everyone really thinks.”

This book did not come to play. (Also I'm boosting this back up to a five because I don't give a shit)
➽E M M A A N D J U L I A N

I will actually admit that, sadly, I did not like Emma and Julian’s dynamic… quite as much in this book. I think the tension between them rea
BUDDY READING with my Julian aka Caitlin

I want to die. Everything hurts. I can't breathe. The world is over and I have to wait two years. My soul burns. I honestly didn't expect this. This book is a blessing and my hell. Someone save me.

Cassandra Clare is my queen and has quite literally ripped my heart out of my body and stomped all over it.

My lactose intolerance doesn't agree with this book either; I ate two blocks of chocolate stressing out and now I'm banning myself from buying chocolate b
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars*

Helena of Eretz ✰

What? How? What? WHY?!

This book was absolutely phenomenal...

...Until the last two chapters. Now, I’m an emotional mess. Absolutely distraught. How could this happen?!!! I’m actually crying right now. I hate everyone who told me to read this.

Jemma is one of my all time favourite ships. Kitty has definitely grown on me. I can’t believe that I actually enjoy the “hot faerie threesome” now? I stand by the opinion that Jem-Will-Tessa would’ve been a threesome if Cassie had writte
Lien To
throne of GLASS - city of GLASS (#TMI3)
crown of MIDNIGHT - lady MIDNIGHT (#TDA1)
heir of FIRE - city of heavenly FIRE (#TMI6)
queen of SHADOWS - prince of SHADOWS(#TDA2)

someone has some explaining to do here AHAHAHHAHAH

*edit*: guys I just wanted to make it clear that I absolutely love both series. I didn't mean to accuse or criticize either of the authors- I just found it pretty cool that they had some similar themes running through their titles. Happy reading to you all <3 !
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
“He caught her by the wrist, brought her hand to his bare chest. Splayed her fingers over his heart. It beat against her palm, like a fist punching its way through his sternum. “Break my heart,” he said. “Break it in pieces. I give you permission.””

The hardest part of reading this book is you have to put up with an emotional influx, from what Clare always tangles the love of the main characters like Jace and Clary, or Jem and Tessa and Will, I am certain that Julian and Emma will break you
Frankie Lovely
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

*UPDATE 6/18/17 - NEW added song suggestions at the bottom of review


I have no words right now ... I am in shock

Currently questioning my life and what to do with it for the next two years while I wait for Book 3?

Also can someone come pick up the broken pieces of my soul for me?

*Major Cliffhanger warning!* Quite possibly the worse cliffhanger I have ever read. Clare ends this book at the height of major action without having resolved any of the storyline yet ... and now I have
Can someone actually kill me? The more I think about this book the more I want to curl up in a bawl and die. I also highkey just want to punch Cassie for doing this to us. How dare she 😭



I feel nothing. I am dead inside. Fuck you Cassie Clare. Fuck this book. Fuck my feelings. What t
Mar 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
I heard this is the best of the series
this review was originally posted on twirling pages

Lord of Shadows left me feeling deceased.

Lord of Shadows was one of my most-anticipated releases of 2017 and i was worried. aside from the obvious fact of PAIN and WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO MY FAVES, i was afraid this installment would disappoint me. the more i read and review novels, the more critical and cynical i get. i rarely enjoy books for the sake of it unless there are low expectations. but with Lord of Shadows, i couldn’t help but have high
♛ may

imagine being so cruel that you end a book LIKE THAT AND HAVE NO REGARD FOR YOUR READER'S PAIN NO O NE TOUCH ME

ms. clare you better fix this mess you made of my soul ily but i need book 3 nOW


julian blackthorn marry me please and thanks

Buddy read with my little leek
Mikee (ReadWithMikee)

❝Emma, everyone's afraid of something. We fear things because we value them. We fear losing people because we love them. We fear dying because we value being alive. Don't wish you didn't fear anything. All that would mean is that you didn't feel anything.❞

I DID IT. After months of avoiding, slumping, and adulting... I FINALLY FINISHED. I spent weeks contemplating how I was going to rate Lord of Shadows and I've come to the decision that this sequel was probably a solid 3.5 STARS for
Bryce Rocks My Socks
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anybody with a soul to be crushed
Recommended to Bryce Rocks by: Izzy
im sorry who the hell ends a book like that?? stomps on my heart makes me cry and then RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SHIT STORM just ENDS.

did cassandra clare not attend kindergarten?? everyone knows that to write a story you need a beginning, middle and end- a rising action, climax and resolution. SO WHERE WAS THE FUCKING RESOLUTION??? somebody please direct me on where to find the ten missing chapters at the end of this book.

and the rest of the book?? fuckedy fuck fuck fuckedy fuck fuck over the
Ashley Nuckles
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
is this what death feels like

(Being overly-dramatic) BUT STILL, this was one crazy ride and THAT ENDING. HOW. WHAT. WHY. WHYYYY. Two years is too long a wait for the conclusion. The Last Hours better be worth it.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars

Reread Jan 2019 (mostly)
I reread this in preparation for QOAAD and it was just as good as I remembered! I still favor Lady Midnight of the trilogy (but i also haven’t read QOAAD yet i KNOW). Also, based on quite a few things in this book, I’m CONVINCED that Julian is a 9 exhibiting a lot of 6 stress types (this is all related to the enneagram so if you don’t know what that is….google it and JOIN US)

MY HEART. I AM SHOOK TO MY CORE. (I'm only partially shook because I kinda saw the end
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"Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilo

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