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Audio Book Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra ClareLord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare
Narrator: James Marsters
Series: The Dark Artifices #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on May 23rd 2017
Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
Format: Audiobook
Genres: Coming of Age, Fantasy, Occult & Supernatural, Romance, Supernatural, Suspense, Young Adult
Source: Simon & Schuster Audio
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Content Warning: This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age.

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 Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare Review

Much like all of Claire’s Shadowhunter novels, Lord of Shadows was a fantastic listen and featured all the Shadowhunter lore and love we’ve all come to expect from Claire. Really, all the Shadowhunter books are the same. That’s not a bad thing, you know what to expect and you aren’t disappointed.

While I love this generation of Shadowhunters, Julian, Emma, Christina, and Mark, I’m still partial to Tessa and Jem, and then Clary and Jace’s group. It took me longer to get through the audio than I expected. Only reasons being I didn’t have a lot of listening time and if I’m only going to get one Shadowhunter book a year, I want to savor it.

I love the characters, relationship, action, and history. I was taken a bit by surprise at the ending. I must mention the narration. Which was wonderful. We get multiple POVs from Lord of Shadows and the narrator did a great job changing his voice to match the different POVs.

And like always, I can’t wait for the next book. I wonder how many will be in this series. If you haven’t picked up a Shadowhunter novel before, do not start with Lord of Shadows. If you’re contemplating continuing with the series, do it. It’s a great read/listen. Most of the Shadowhunter series I’ve read, but the last two, I’ve listened to.

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About Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare was born to American parents in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family, including one trek through the Himalayas as a toddler where she spent a month living in her father’s backpack. She lived in France, England and Switzerland before she was ten years old.

Since her family moved around so much she found familiarity in books and went everywhere with a book under her arm. She spent her high school years in Los Angeles where she used to write stories to amuse her classmates, including an epic novel called “The Beautiful Cassandra” based on a Jane Austen short story of the same name (and which later inspired her current pen name).


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