For years, I have been a huge fan of Cassandra Clare. I fell in love with her storytelling long ago, so when The Dark Artifices trilogy was announced, I knew that I would have to read it. The newest installment in the Shadowhunter Chronicles follows Emma and Julian, parabatai that live in the Los Angeles institute, as they deal with threats to both themselves and the shadowhunter world as a whole. Sorry for the extremely vague description (I want to avoid spoiling the rest of the books for anyone). I really enjoyed this book and everything it had to offer. This book is by far the most diverse out of all of Cassandra Clare’s books thus far, and it felt like a stronger story because of it.
I think that this book was an absolutely amazing addition to the shadowhunter world that we already know. This book was additionally just a very fun read. I found myself staying up later than I have in a long time, just because I couldn’t put Queen of Air and Darkness down. It was a great feeling to love and be so invested in a book. In my last review, I explained that Laini Taylor reminded me of why I loved the art of storytelling. I am happy to have discovered that Cassandra Clare similarly reminded me of why I originally fell in love with reading as a whole. I felt the same excitement as when I first started reading, and it made for an incredible experience.
My Rating: 5/5 stars
Now, let’s get into what was so amazing about this story:
One of the most riveting things about this story was the plot. Every struggle that the character’s faced throughout this story was extremely inventive and fresh. Cassandra Clare does a phenomenal job of juggling many plot points that usually end up coming together in the end, and it’s spectacular. Certain sections of the book left me in complete awe and excitement, because they were exactly what I wanted, even though I didn’t realize it.
In addition, her creativity also extends to her many many characters. I’m overwhelmed with the incredible arcs that each of our protagonists goes through, and the way that Clare develops them with ease and sophistication. Her use of multiple perspectives allows us an insight into the motivations of characters that we normally don’t see. It adds a lot to the story, as well as character development, and overall provides to the story in great ways.
Cassandra Clare also has a brilliant writing style. She handles the complicated worlds and story lines with ease, using descriptions that are both simple and beautiful. Her style is so distinct yet improves with every new release, and this adds just another element of greatness to her work.
Overall, this book was a fantastic end to the trilogy. I am beyond excited to see how this story will impact the future of her work!