Queen of Air and Darkness
By: Cassandra Clare
Overall Rating: ★★★★★
Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. 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. 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.
This book was an amazing conclusion to a great series. It had it’s flaws, but even with these bumps in the road – it was still an intense and entertaining read. Clare knows her fantasy – I was feeling things I didn’t even know I could feel, and I’m still in shock over that ending! I’m excited for what’s to come in the Shadowhunter universe. The entire world is the literary version of Supernatural…which is also an amazing show about angels, demons, monsters, and all that jazz and everyone should watch it.
THAT UNEXPECTED SETTING
Okay, lowkey Part 2 of Queen is EVERYTHING. This is when we get a look at a new place we’ve never seen in the Shadowhunter world before and I was here for it. Cassie Clare did. not. disappoint. This new place definitely sets up the future of the shadowhunter universe to have some unexpected villains (and possibly allies?) I’m trying to keep this review spoiler-free, so trust me when I say you’re in for a treat.
Was I Watching A TV Show In My Head??
The answer is yes, I was, and I was blown away. Cassie Clare will take you on a wild ride following different characters, separated by miles and magical realms, yet somehow everything pieces itself together. I felt like I lived through 10 different seasons of a show. There were multiple threats, unexpected events, happy times, sad times, character introductions, character deaths, character cameos, and THAT EPILOGUE. This leaves me with one question: WHY CAN’T ANYONE TRANSLATE THIS WORK OF ART INTO AN AMAZING TV SHOW OR MOVIE?!
Let’s All Learn Some World History from Professor Clare
One thing I’ve always loved about Shadowhunter stories was the historical undertones. We’ve visited Hitler/World War Two in The Mortal Instruments, the aftermath of said war at the beginning of The Dark Artifices, and even more recent events (did someone say build a wall?) in this latest installment. All this to say, I hope the younger generation picks these books up and learns a thing or two about history repeating itself, and how to be an open-minded, decent person.
Jace F***ING Herondale (And All The Other Amazing Characters)
I know, I know. He’s not the main character of this series…but come on. He’s my favorite and any time he shows up it makes my day. So yes, thank you Cassie, for making a perfect fictional character for me to obsess over and bringing him into the equation whenever you possibly can. Emma Carstairs and Mark Blackthorn get honorable mention for being my faves in the series, but let’s be honest, most of Clare’s characters are so adorable and precious and I love them all.
Is it just me, or was Annabel hyped up for no reason? Two of the three books in this series are named after her and she has her own freaking cover, but she is definitely not THAT significant. She plays such a small role in this book and I don’t think she’s necessary to this series…like at all. The plot could have been moved along without her or by giving her “important” pieces to literally any other character. And now I’m salty about her in general.
What’s With The “Curse”?
I felt cheated by the resolution of the so called Parabatai Curse. That’s all I can say without going on a rant and spoiling everything.
The Ugly Truth
Queen of Air and Darkness had it’s flaws BUT even with the issues it was an amazing book. I loved it…probably more so because it wasn’t perfect. The characters are precious, the story is amazing, the fantasy is A+. DROP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND GO READ THIS SERIES.
Talk To Me
Have you read this book? Did you love it as much as I did? Do you love Shadowhunters as much as I do? Are you obsessed with Jace? Let’s be friends!