Friday, March 8, 2019

Book Review: Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare

Queen of Air and Darkness 
The Dark Artifices #3

Cassandra Clare

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December 4, 2018

Book Synopsis:

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.

The Dark Artifices Trilogy:

My Review

My Review

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My Thoughts:

Queen of Air and Darkness is the final book in The Dark Artifices Trilogy.  Wow!  Let me first say that for being 912 pages long, this book flew by!  I was rapidly turning pages, because I wanted to see how everything would play out, but at the same time, I didn't want the story to end.  This conclusion was amazing!  I cried a lot, I swooned, I smiled, I laughed; I pretty much experienced every emotion possible, all in the span of this book.

While Casandra Clare didn't leave us with any cliffhangers, she definitely left us with the potential for more story lines and character development with some of the secondary characters.  I would love to read a story that focuses on Ash, the Seelie Queen's son, as well as the mysterious Kit.  Can I say that I hope that Kit and Ty find there way to each other!

Ty Blackthorne was one of the Blackthorne siblings, and he happened to have Autism.  I felt especially connected and understanding of his character's quirks and sensory issues, as my daughter also has Autism.  Ty was more the stereotypical individual with high functioning Autism or Aspergers, but at least more awareness is being brought forth through reading. Since this is Y.A., It will help more teenagers to hopefully have more awareness and compassion for individuals with special needs.  I was happy that Cassandra Clare brought so much diversity in her trilogy, by exposing us to such a variety of unique characters.

Queen of Air and Darkness had a variety of magical settings.  The reader gets to experience the land of Faerie, Alicante, and Los Angeles just to name a few places.   However, the most interesting setting was Thule, a scary and dark parallel society, in which it's inhabitants experienced life with the consequences of Sebastian winning the Dark War.  Thule was a fascinating dimension, where some of our most beloved characters had died, some became unexpected heroes, and some friendships/relationships were different than those in  the present dimension.  I love parallel universe stories, and often contemplate how my life would have been different If I had made different decisions or experienced different life outcomes.  So being taken to Thule was an amazing adventure.  Each new setting in the story was like getting a bonus story included in the trilogy.  

If you love young adult fantasy, The Dark Artifices Trilogy is a must read! I give, Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare, 5 Spectacular Stars!!! 

About the Author:

Cassandra Clare was born to American parents in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family, including one trek through the Himalayas as a toddler where she spent a month living in her father’s backpack. She lived in France, England and Switzerland before she was ten years old. 

Since her family moved around so much she found familiarity in books and went everywhere with a book under her arm. She spent her high school years in Los Angeles where she used to write stories to amuse her classmates, including an epic novel called “The Beautiful Cassandra” based on a Jane Austen short story of the same name (and which later inspired her current pen name). 

After college, Cassie lived in Los Angeles and New York where she worked at various entertainment magazines and even some rather suspect tabloids where she reported on Brad and Angelina’s world travels and Britney Spears’ wardrobe malfunctions. She started working on her YA novel, City of Bones, in 2004, inspired by the urban landscape of Manhattan, her favourite city. She turned to writing fantasy fiction full time in 2006 and hopes never to have to write about Paris Hilton again. 

Cassie’s first professional writing sale was a short story called “The Girl’s Guide to Defeating the Dark Lord” in a Baen anthology of humor fantasy. Cassie hates working at home alone because she always gets distracted by reality TV shows and the antics of her two cats, so she usually sets out to write in local coffee shops and restaurants. She likes to work in the company of her friends, who see that she sticks to her deadlines. 

City of Bones was her first novel.

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