Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassandra Clare

Friday, July 28, 2017


4 out of 5 stars

I read Lord of Shadows immediately after reading Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy and I needed this to be good. I liked the book, Lord of Shadows, I mean. But, it didn't knock my socks off. (just halfway) This may have to do with the fact that were some things I loved and some things I didn't really like and so they balanced each other out, for the most part. Instead of disclosing the specifics of what I liked and didn't like. I'll make generalizations: More than half of the book focused on complications of the heart. In fact, there were more than a few hearts involved. The only characters who weren't involved in some love triangle or another were Evelyn (the eighty something-year-old head of the London Institute) and her maid Bridget, and they were nothing more than background characters. I'm fairly certain that if we were given even a little more insight into their lives, we would know that they had romantic problems of their own.

In all honesty, I felt this book was a little bit of a letdown. Lord of Shadows was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, but I can't help but feel that my high expectations weren't quite met. Also, I think I can say with a reasonable amount of certainty that I've deciphered Cassandra Clare's secret to storytelling. There's a pattern, you see. Between one book and the next (of the same series), there's usually an approximate one to two-week time difference. I'm always surprised by the nonchalant-ness of Cassandra's characters at the beginning of each book considering Cassandra always the real shockers at the very end of almost all her books. There's always an almost palpable built-up tension before the shocking senses that are what give them away.

I really enjoyed Lord of Shadows, but I didn't love it. 

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