Blurb: Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?
And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.
What a sequel! Apart from a few minor qualms I had next to none complaints with the book. Lady Midnight although a true testament to the tremendous growth in Cassandra Clare’s writing style fell short of being a memorable read for me. The characters just didn’t touch me like Jem or Will or Magnus. The humor was lacking and Emma was beginning too feel like a gender swapped rendition of the tried and tested formula of vulnerability cloaked in snark. However with this one things changed.
To begin with the plot was, if not thick and convulated, at least one that was drawn in different directions. Their were several layers, the side characters were given their own story lines, which were just as good as that of Julian and Emma’s, there were reveals after reveals and the ending was a feat in risk taking on any author’s part. This book didn’t hold back emotional punches and I loved that! I like my books to bruise me black and blue emotionally (I know that doesn’t sound healthy but I am sure it sounds relatable too)
The relationship between Julian and Ty or the love that was their in Tavvy’s little hugs to Jules or how Jules called Dru baby girl or the very last scene…all of it showing how much and how deeply the Blackthorn’s care for each other, the bond between them…it warms my heart. I truly believe that the Dark artifices is the story of Blackthorns and not Julian and Emma.
I have always been intrigued by Keiran’s character and was absolutely in love with him in this one. He is conflicted and even though he is a faerie he feels the most human to me. I kind of ship him and Cristina more than Cristina and Mark and am so pumped to see how Cassie will tie this weird triangle. Cristina I have never been a fan of, its not that I don’t like her it’s just that she doesn’t interest me and that didn’t change in this book too. But the way she fits into the equation with Mark and Kieran is certainly very new and fun to read about.
As for Julian and Emma…so much angst! I still feel there is a lot that can be done with their relationship. I mean I ship them pretty hard and wish that Cassie will play a little more with emotional dynamic of their relationship. I hope Emma has an exile, it would add so much more to the build of their love story. I am dying to see how the parabatai bond can be broken since I have my own theories about that.
Ty and Kit are the single most precious entity this universe has to offer I have every single interaction of their’s marked and have read them several times…these two…I just can’t wait for the day these two will get their own series, which they will considering how Cassie has been building up to them.
Julian was my most favorite thing about this book after Kitty, though. He is so…gray. I mean this man has such blurred lines of morality, he is not bad or evil but he is ruthless. He is so much like a blade and I would appreciate nothing more than to have Cassie add a darker tangent to his arc. I Love Anti-heroes and Julian has the potential to be an incredible one.
Another one that deserves a separate mention is Cortana. Yes, I have fallen for an inanimate object. Out of all the characters I choose Cortana to lose my heart to. I freaking love that sword and I would be super pissed if it doesn’t have the most tremendous role to play in the finale book. I mean a sword that shattered the angel sword…Cortana you sweet sweet thing!
Gwyn and Diana were almost too adorable for words and kudos! to Cassie for apt representation. Diana’s speech was written perfectly!
Magnus and Alec along with Rafe and Max…their family, their domestic life…all of it. It was the best gift my shipper heart could have gotten. Jace’s encounter with Kit, Clary’s revelation…the nostalgia of old days…Cassandra is a clever one to weave such things to up the wistfulness quotient.
There were things that I had a problem with, the villains were’nt scary enough, Emma was annoying at points, the book could have been a little shorter. etc.
This book has left a lot of questions open. Is the death at the end permanent? Will Emma be exiled? What is the way to break the Parabatai bond? Is there a way to end the curse? What’s up with Clary’s revelation? Where were Jem and Tessa? What are Jace and Clary doing? What is the weapon? Who was the boy Drusilla saw? Did the Queen and Sebastian had a kid?
All things that will have me eagerly awaiting the sequel.