Title: Queen of Air and Darkness
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: December 4, 2018
Page Count: 912
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
All first editions will include ten black and white interior illustrations and a new short story!
Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling The Dark Artifices trilogy. Queen of Air and Darkness is a Shadowhunters novel.
What if damnation is the price of true love?
Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the disease that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare is the third book in the young adult fantasy The Dark Artifices series. While this is the third book of a this series really this is somewhat of a continuation of Clare’s other Shadowhunter books from both of her earlier series, the Mortal Instruments and the Infernal Devices. If new to this Shadowhunter world as a reader I’d highly suggest going back to the beginning of the Mortal Instrument series and starting from there as even though the characters change in each series the world has been built from that beginning and there are always many many crossover characters and situations you would miss jumping in a later series.
This book continues right after the end of Lord of Shadows, the second of the series. All of the main characters in this series were first introduced in the last of the Mortal Instruments series as young children and now five years has passed in which they’ve grown and trained and become the new generation of Shadowhunters. The story takes place in the Los Angeles institute where the Blackthorn children along with Emma Carstairs have been since the war ended in the Mortal Instrument series.
The story started in the first book where Emma Carstairs had never believed her parents were victims of the Dark War but the Clave had refused to investigate further into their murders. When Emma came across a lead that involved faerie activity Emma, Julian Blackthorn and the other Blackthorn siblings begin to investigate on their own since the Clave prohibited Shadowhunters to have any involvement in the faerie world after the Dark War.
The entire Shadowhunter world is one that I absolutely love diving back into with each additional read added to it. Whatever series you have picked up will have little crossover bits of the others and it’s always nice to have all those that are familiar back again. Now, normally I fly right through each book and go into a book coma knowing I have such a long wait until the next but at over 900 pages this one I actually did start to feel a bit of a slowdown mid book. Usually Clare does an excellent job of working in past characters or events by giving a little bit of reminder here and there of previous events, this time however a part of this one felt a bit repetitive which I think caused the slow down. Regardless though I will undoubtedly be back for the next series coming out soon from the Shadowhunter world.
Find this book online:
About the author:
Cassandra Clare is the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Lady Midnight, Lord of Shadows, and Queen of Air and Darkness, as well as the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. She is the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman. Her books have more than 50 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and made into a feature film and a TV show. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.