Title: Lord of Shadows
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: Book 2 of The Dark Artifices trilogy (a Shadowhunters series)
Publisher: McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster)
Source/Format: US Hardcover (B&N exclusive)
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
***SPOILER WARNING for Lady Midnight below!***
“Sometimes the most ruthless heart speaks the most truth.”
Lord of Shadows picks up two weeks after Lady Midnight. Despite our characters still reeling with emotional turmoil from recent events, they have bigger fish to fry. No seriously–ever since Malcolm’s death, there has been an odd surge in the number of sea demons coming ashore and wreaking havoc on the world.
As if that wasn’t worrisome enough, a group of Centurions, elite shadowhunters who train at the Scholomance, are on their way to the Los Angeles Institute. Once there, they plan to investigate Malcolm’s death–more specifically to confirm his death–but it also seems some of them have their own ulterior motives.
This of course proves to be a challenge for Julian. Arthur Blackthorn is nowhere near qualified to run the LA Institute, and as we now know, he hasn’t been. Julian has been stepping in for him and hiding this fact for years. But he is used to only having to hide this from his family, not Centurions–highly trained shadowhunters, the best of the best.
And of course, there’s that pesky parabatai bond. >.>
“Those who cannot love do not understand it.”
Julian has always been able to do what needs to be done for his family, but he has always had Emma at his side. Now, after Emma’s recent “confession” that she does not share Julian’s romantic feelings and is now dating Mark, their relationship is strained and awkward, leaving Julian stranded to deal with everything on his own.
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