Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices, #3)by Published 04 Dec 2018
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All first editions of Queen of Air and Darkness 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 (The Dark Artifices, #3) Reviews
4.5 stars AHHHH
My review is up!: https://youtu.be/IEReoynz6eo
I shall obviously write my review when I actually read the book, haha.
- This was the first book signing that I’d ever been to and I had an absolute blast! This took place on the last day of classes for the autumn term though, so I had to hustle to the event after class! (Guess who was still crazy early? Haha, this girl! *raises hand*)
- Let's see what I remember. Phones weren't permitted to be used during the event, and I'm a goody-two shoes (no matter how much of a badarse I imagine myself to be), so I couldn't take any notes, ugh.
- This event took place in a huge, university auditorium. Cassie was in conversation with Carrie Ryan at the event, who, if I'm being totally honest, I hadn't heard of until then. Carrie wasn't that engaging of an interviewer, so I can't recall much about her, sorry.
- Cassie is a very funny interviewee. She's as funny in person as she is in her books.
- One anecdote that she told wasn't even hers! LMAO, oh Cassie! xD Essentially, she took credit for a really funny story about her bestie, Holly Black, when it really involved Holly and Kelly Link. If you want the full details, check out my Wicked King signing. Holly had a good laugh about it, when she found out Cassie lied about it!
-Another anecdote DID involve Holly. The two of them went to upstate New York to an apparently haunted, mental institution for research. They weren't allowed in because the building was condemned, I believe. Long story short, the two of them hopped the fence and snuck in, only to be discovered by the police, LOL. They told the police that they're authors, in an effort to avoid being arrested for trespassing, and the police were like, "Oh, you mean like a historical novel about New York?" and Cassie goes, "No, it's a book about demons"...to which the police responded, "Get outta here before we arrest you!" xD
- The audience also had the opportunity to ask her questions, some of which turned into them thanking her for all of the different types of representation in her novels, which I thought was really sweet.
- There was a trivia section with REALLY HARD QUESTIONS btw, so naturally I didn't win any of the prizes, some of which were a Magnus plushie and an ARC of the Red Scrolls of Magic.
- We weren't allowed to bring backlist titles from home and were only permitted to have our new copies of Queen of Air and Darkness signed and personalised. Oh! And we also received chapter samples of The Red Scrolls of Magic and Shadowhunter Army pins and at the event. They had this insignia on it:
- This portion of the event was really impersonal because of how many people were in attendance. There were SO MANY! The signing-line tickets were assigned in the order of purchases (kind of like at a delicatessen, where you are assigned a ticket number), and I was letter F, so it wasn't too bad of a wait for me. The part I didn't like is that we could only say about a sentence to her before we were hurried away from the signing table (in an assembly line-esque fashion), so that they could get to the next people. Also, we couldn't have actual photos with Cassie. The staff from the booksellers took "action shots" as we were getting our book signed.
- I remember telling her that I've been reading her books since 2007 and they've had such a huge impact on my life (I kind of panicked; I was a bit starstruck, haha) and she responded with, "Well, thanks for sticking with my books for so long." OMG GUYS, I WAS WITHIN BREATHING DISTANCE OF CASSIE CLARE AND I SPOKE TO HER AND SHE SPOKE TO ME AND OMG!!! <3
- I think, because of this, if I hadn't added this section about my experience here, I would have forgotten what my feelings were about meeting one of my favourite authors in person. I'm so grateful that I had the opportunity to do so, as I know that there are many people who haven't. She was really lovely and nice, and I'd definitely jump at the chance to see her again...but hopefully, it'll be a bit smaller???
Trigger Warnings: grief, self mutilation, death, war, murder
My review for Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare was first posted on my blog. Find it here.
Queen of Air and Darkness is the book I have been waiting for all year. I don’t think I have ever anticipated a Cassandra Clare book as much as this one. The ending of Lord of Shadows scared me to my core and if you ask me about it today you have a 110% chance of me bursting into tears at the mere mention of it. This finale to The Dark Artifices series did not disappoint. It left me reeling and having so many damn questions. You can bet I screamed WHAT at my book around about 100 times a page. I was absolutely shattered.
This finale will probably be Cassie’s best. They continue to get better the more she writes and I am so damn happy to be able to experience this journey with everyone as we dive into the Shadowhunter realms. I am also self-proclaimed Shadowhunter trash – while also seeing everything wrong with the books and Cassie, I’m not blinded, don’t worry.
As a warning, this review will contain spoilers. The spoilers will be for the previous books in this series so you have been warned. I can’t talk about this book without mentioning certain events. If you haven’t read this series, come back after you do so we can discuss. If you haven’t read this series and don’t want to, read forward and be spoiled, my friends.
Queen of Air and Darkness picks up exactly where Lord of Shadows dropped off. With Julian holding Livvy after she has been murdered. We get to experience every ounce of grief that the Blackthorn family feels throughout the book and it is honestly enough to knock you off your feet. I promise you that you will burst into tears several times at work…not that I did that. The finale of The Dark Artifices takes you on a journey. There are countless storylines and at times it is a tad difficult to keep up. Obviously, it is better to have read all the Shadowhunter Chronicles to understand how people relate to certain things but it really isn’t needed. You can jump into this series and scream – obviously don’t just jump into Queen of Air and Darkness without having read the previous books.
Throughout this book we get to follow Julian and Emma’s struggle to tamper down their feelings, Ty dealing with his grief for Livvy in the wrong way, Kit being a Herondale, Drusilla coming in to herself, Diana and Gwyn’s love story continue, Cristina, Kieran and Mark drama, Cohort business (seriously this was some Donald Trump shit), some Faerie Drama and finally find out who the mysterious Ash is (we all knew). Within 800 pages a lot has to happen and it does. We get to see all the old characters whom we loved and I even found myself liking Clary and Jace – something I thought was impossible when I read The Mortal Instruments. I can barely even begin to talk about each plot line because there is just so much going on. You will be thrown in a whirlwind and be actively engaged no matter who’s the storyline you are reading. There are plenty of changes throughout the long ass chapters Cassie writes to get a feel for everyone.
I should probably start off with the one thing I disliked about Queen of Air and Darkness. I don’t know if I ever publicly spoke about it on my blog but anti-hero Julian was all that I ever wanted in this series. To see Cassie jump outside her comfort zone and write him would fuel me. While we did get somewhat of an antihero Julian it was not what I had imagined. In fact, it was slightly disappointing and something I’m not sure added to the plot. Julian turning off his feelings simply felt weak. You’re telling me the boy who walked miles to get groceries for his siblings would turn off his feelings for them? Try again.
That’s all I didn’t like though, so Cassie really did smash it out of the park.
Throughout the series, we have had glimpses of Aline and Helen. We have never really gotten to see them which is disheartening as the only f/f couple in the series. We finally get to really meet them and I must say that I adore them. Aline was so damn relatable to me and Helen was just an angel who wanted to care for her siblings, even if they didn’t want her to. The couple themselves were so damn sweet and I adored every moment of their relationship on the page. They were truly so special to read. I am sure we’ll see more of them in future books as well which has me squealing with excitement.
There wasn’t much Jem and Tessa in this book either which was fantastic. If you know me, you’d know I hate that ship. I get it. Everyone thinks it is the best love triangle to ever exist in the sense that you can’t ‘choose’. Bitch, I chose and now I can’t like Jem. I hate him. So, having not much of them throughout this book was fantastic. Though I could have done with more Simon and Isabelle, oh well.
Interdimensional travel is typically something that turns me off a book. However, Thule was magnificent. A world completely opposite from the one our character lives in where Sebastian Morgenstern won the war. It was chilling. The fact that Cassie thought of that? Ugh, her mind. She is a genius. However, she really didn’t include as much Annabel as I thought she would considering she is on the cover. I wonder where that will come in to play?
The relationships in this book as well. Cassie diving in to a poly relationship was fantastic, Cassie’s further development of Emma and Julian was brilliant, Magnus and Alec’s already established relationship filled me with joy and I don’t even like them, and lastly, Drusilla’s future love life will probably be complicated but y’all know I love her.
Cassandra Clare carefully crafted it so every single plotline that ran through this story intersected at the end. They all came together in a big way that you know leads off into the next series. I can truly not wait to read whatever she puts out next. I honestly need it in my hands like yesterday. The ending of this particular story left me breathless. I can’t wait to see what hints that we found throughout this book to come to fruition in future books.
I would desperately love for Cassie to give us a nice happy ending for the Blackthorns but with the fact that The Wicked Powers is based around Kit and Ty (who I can’t even begin to talk about in this book) tells me this family hasn’t had the last of its dramas.
Overall, Queen of Air and Darkness will probably be my favourite book of 2018. I am still reeling from the events and want to scream about them from the rooftops. Heck, this is the first review I’ve sat down to write straight after finishing the book. Cassandra Clare gives us a bit of everything in this finale and even more. I can’t wait to hear everyone’s thoughts and theories on what will happen next.
The inside dust jacket!!!
This is one of the most beautiful covers!
Well shit! This book had all the feels in the world!! Sadnesssssss, happiness, anger - ALL OF THEM!
I'm happy with this ending. That epilogue! You know what? I said I wasn't going to read any more books she writes in this series because I'm done. But after all of that, I might read the other books coming out to see what else is going to happen. Always makes me nervous with my favorite authors out there because I'm afraid they are going to kill too many of my loves. There are actually books I haven't continued because I know a love is going to die. Guess it's time to buckle up buttercup and read ALL THE BOOKS!
Peace, love and apple pie!