Every sequel of Cassandra Clare surprises me with her characters, the plot, the imagery of the words that entail to one masterpiece of a story. I read this last chapter of The Dark Artifices for too long as if I wouldn’t want to end reading it. Well, if you’re hooked with the author’s artistry, you have to seek a conclusion. So here goes, Queen of Air and Darkness Book Review.
I’d very much appreciate you reading the first two blogs I have written about the two books before this. It will also give you a better understanding of the story. The first book is Lady Midnight and the second book is Lord of Shadows. If you don’t know, The Dark Artifices is part of the Shadowhunters Novel that the author, Cassandra Clare created. Also, her first series, The Mortal Instruments, was even produced into a live-action TV Series on Freeform TV which lasted 3 seasons.
Sorry, as I had to spill a lot of tea here but since it’s a book review, I’d very much want to pour out my emotions here of what I think of this blog. Probably, this would be read by those who have read the books already. I am so open to having a substantial discussion with you if you’re one of them!
I was surprised that this book was divided into three parts! The first part is Feel No Sorrow which covered half of the book. The second is Thule and the third is Lady Vengeance. Cassandra Clare has this enormous talent to be able to get each reader hooked to the story. I am happy to see even the core characters from the past books; The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices are also included in this trilogy.
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More from Alice Duke’s full color poster for the first edition of Queen of Air and Darkness. From left: Cristina, Kieran, Diego, Drusilla, Jaime. Last reveal will be Emma and Jules. 🙂 I love how badass everyone looks marching off to do battle with evil. As far I know, the poster will be in all first editions of Queen printed in English, in the US/Can, Uk/Ireland/Aus/NZ/SA and wherever international editions in English are sold (Singapore, India, Philippines, etc.) I love Alice’s art and will certainly miss my TDA babies! #tda #tsc
A surge of emotions wrapped in my thoughts while reading how the characters are all connected, how each of them has a significant role. Zara Dearborn and her father, Horace Dearborn, perfectly make an example of stubborn and corrupt politicians which I so much resented throughout the book. Of course, there’s always the protagonists, Emma and Julian, or better say, the Blackthorn, Lightwood, Herondale families, Downworlders, and more. Reading their personality, I resonate so much on each of them, especially Emma Carstairs, of course. I aspire to be like her, her strength to keep going and her understanding of stillness between revenge and peace. I also love Julian Blackthorn, I want his wisdom and richness in being so understanding!
I feel like I had to discuss this part of the book. It is an alternate dimension wherein there was a different ending of the Dark War from the book of The Mortal Instruments. The protagonists, Emma and Julian got transported to Thule which they didn’t expect that it’s where they can seek solutions and answers that could help them in their own world. At the ending of that chapter, I honestly felt so heartbroken. Sometimes you can never take back what was lost. You had to explore a moment of what you’re not used to, to seek closure and to be stronger as you cross another path. Sometimes, I wish that someone could go to a different dimension and seek a solution on how to end this ongoing pandemic in our world. Emma and Julian were able to learn a solution to cure the dying warlocks. I wish we have our own Lake Lyn that has miracle water!
I love the open-mindedness of Cassandra Clare in this book. She gave light on LGBT awareness here wherein the teacher of the Blackthorns, Diana, is a transgender. It was forbidden in the Shadow World for Shadowhunters to undergo mundane medicine. She even had an actual unexpected relationship with a faerie, Gwyn of the Wild Hunt. Cristina, Kieran and Mark, are an awesome trio. It isn’t normal to the real world, but maybe, just maybe, as Clare wrote it, maybe it is also happening. A peculiar relationship between three individuals. I was surprised, mixed emotions of joy and confusion. Aline and Helen, at least these books, they were highlighted even more. Both of them are female. I think their love is so pure and so accepted. Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood, they are just the strongest for me. Oh yeah, they finally got married in this book but in The Shadowhunters TV series, they got married there in the end. Totally different, but that’s alright!
You probably know about this. Of course, Emma and Julian! Part of me felt hopeless that they would never be together as a couple. Again, a Parabatai is a pair of Nephilim warriors who fight together as lifelong partners, bound together by oath but The Law forbids a romantic affection for the pair. Well, I love the twist that Clare had written here! I didn’t know there was such a thing as “True Nephilim” which Emma and Julian transformed into and caused the removal of their Parabatai bond and rune! I read that paragraph of Jem explaining the good news to Emma and Julian for at least three times, and I was like, “what? What?” with an unstoppable grin!
What I Learned
I learned that love and family are two gifts in life we can never live without. That’s my understanding of this book. I like the stories of friendship here especially the relationships of different families in The Shadow World, even the relationships of Shadowhunters to Downworlders like warlocks, vampires, faeries and lycanthropes. They are not self-centered and self-righteous, they fight for what is right and stand by it until the end. I like their intelligence guided by wisdom, compassion and wit. Queen of Air and Darkness has taught me to learn about acceptance of what I can never control. I learned that, (sorry cheesiness ahead!), love is unstoppable as long as it is true and you’re not hurting anyone, sometimes, love can and have to wait. I also love the courage that represented in each of these characters. They had the courage to speak up, to prepare for battle, and the courage to be true to themselves.
I’ll leave a quote here written by Cassandra Clare for this book, “This would be the true beginning of a new life that they would face together, in all their human frailty and imperfections. And if ever one of them feared the bad in themselves, as all people did sometimes, they had the other to remind them of the good.”
Thank you for reading this blog of The Dark Artifices: Queen of Air and Darkness Book Review and I hope you learned a thing or two! Stay radiant!