Warning: Spoilers Ahead
I know this review is seriously late but I’ve only just gotten over the ending! Lord of Shadows was one of my most anticipated reads of this year and I am happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed. The sequel to one of my favourite reads of last year had everything and more than the first book in the series; more action, more adventure and more heartbreak. We are once again transported to the shadowhunter world and I loved how the story moved around more and to different locations, featuring previous favourites like Alicante, LA, more of the Faerie Realms and my favourite London and Cornwall.
This book focuses more on the all the other wonderful characters Cassandra Clare has created and it was really enjoyable to read from different perspectives and learn more about all the characters especially Dianna. I certainly wasn’t expecting her backstory but I’m loving the transgender representation and all the other gender and sexual representation in this book! Emma and Julian will always be one of my favourite fictional couples and some of my favourite characters to read about! At the end of the last book, we were introduced to Kit Herondale and I loved seeing his character develop and adapt to life as a Shadowhunter. His relationship with Ty is perfect. I love how Kit understands Ty’s autism and how they have both helped each other grow and come out of their shells, if they don’t become parabati then I’ll be gutted!
I finished this book on the plane and I had to hide the stream of tears from the people around me because then ending broke me! How could Cassandra Clare do this not only to her characters but her readers? The last 50 pages was a whirlwind of emotions, hatred towards characters like Annabel and Zara, panic and worry towards all of my favourite characters yet happiness towards Helen who was finally reunited with her family. After this ending, I need the third book in this series as soon as possible so Cassandra Clare if you would like to send me an ARC closer to the time that would be amazing!
If you haven’t already guessed this book deserves all the praise it’s been receiving and more than 5/5 stars. Once again we are thrown on intense and edge of your seat journey which readers will have no choice but to love! If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t yet read the outstanding Mortal Instruments series, then what are you doing, go and pick up the first book now! I can guarantee that you’ll enjoy it.