The Dark Artifices: Lord of Shadows Book Review

Another Shadowhunter’s Novel reading is done! This is the second book of Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices trilogy, Lord of Shadows. The plots are always unexpected and I am clearly obsessed with the “Shadow World”, as the author calls it.


If you’re really interested in the books of Cassandra Clare of The Dark Artifices, I wrote a writeup of the first book, Lady Midnight. Here’s the blog I wrote: Lady Midnight

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The Shadow World

I am fascinated with how Cassandra Clare describes how the institutes look like in the Shadow World. Like in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, they have sanctums around the world, same here in the story of Cassandra Clare. In this book of Lord of Shadows, the setting is no longer much of the scenic beaches of Malibu, but more of the London Institute. If you have read The Infernal Devices, the setting was in the 1800s in London, England. The Dark Artifices setting is at present. I also love the setting at Cornwall, United Kingdom. Oh, how I wish I could go there for a good hike!

Emma Carstairs & Julian Blackthorn

They are probably or will probably be the epic Parabatai of all time in Cassandra Clare’s books. A “Parabatai” is a pair of Nephilim warriors who fight together as lifelong partners, bound together by oath. The bond makes them stronger Shadowhunters, but The Law forbids a romantic affection for the pair. Now I am not spoiling any further details about them but I am too excited about what will their future be. Also, kudos to Cassandra’s treatment on showing the character of Emma and Julian. Emma is like an alpha female in the book. She is beautiful, strong and she is now the strongest Shadowhunter of their generation. I so want to be like her, strong and very determined. Julian, on the other hand, is not a typical male you expect him to be. In this second book, he may look strong but he has a very soft heart, especially when it comes to his family, and Emma, of course.

The Faerie

Like in the Philippines’ folklore, there are also fairies in the books of Cassandra Clare. Fairies are in fact all true in the Shadow World. To my understanding, there are 3 dominant kingdoms of Faerie. The Hunt, the court of The Seelie Queen, then there is an Unseelie King. Reading about them, I am like, wow, Cassandra, how did you come up with all of those?? The Faerie world of the Seelie Queen is so interesting; intensely magical, dreamy but vicious. Well, technically, the faerie people are mischievous. The story of Faeries was more emphasized in this book and too many revelations happened when the characters are in their land. There are many key elements and stories that I need to remember when the characters went into The Faerie that is essential to most of the chapters.

How do I feel about the book?

I am not giving everything, okay? I’d like you to read the books. However, if I need to share some takeaways on this Lord of Shadows’ book, I felt adventurous reading it. My mind and imagination totally wondered. There are some parts that I felt sorrow and so much of longing. Ugh, I can’t put everything into words! Well, let me share with you more passages from the book.

Some quotes from the book

“I think you cannot root out of love entirely. I think where there has been love, there will always be embers, as the remains of a bonfire outlast the flame.”- Diana

Julian Blackthorn, “Because when this universe was born, when it blasted into existence in fire and glory, everything that would ever exist was created. Our souls are made of that fire and glory, of the atoms of it, the fragments of stars. Everyone’s are but I believe ours, yours and mine, are made from the dust of the same star. That’s why we’ve always been drawn to each other like magnets, all our lives. All the pieces of us belong together.”

Now the book is not all about romance, there’s a lot of action and scheming too, and like what’s happening in reality, there are political issues, family drama, and story about friendship.

So that ends my blog about Dark Artifices: Lord of Shadows. I hope this inspires you to keep reading books and try to read Cassandra Clare’s beautifully written books of the Shadowhunters.


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