Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare
Publication: December 4th, 2018
Genre: YA Fantasy
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.
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 blight 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.
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WHAT AN EXPLOSIVE ENDING TO THIS TRILOGY. I am still shaken up about this book even though I read it when it came out. I don’t know what to think or feel but I need the next books NOW. Clare is a magnificent writer and she truly knows how to punch you right in the feelings. We pick up right where Lord of Shadows ends with Livvy’s death. So, Clare is not holding back because right from page one we get hit with problems involving the Cohort. A lot happens in this book and our favs have many obstacles to overcome. Livvy just died and we have to experience her funeral but before that, we see all the Blackthorns individually struggling throughout the book. Julian is overrun with grief, revenge, and the love he has for Emma. It’s all too much and he does something with Magnus that effects him and his interaction with everyone throughout the book. Ty is going through with his plan to raise Livvy from the dead and though Kit is reluctant of this plan he helps Ty because he cares for him so much. Ty’s plan causes some lasting effects that we will see continued in The Wicked Powers trilogy and though he is warned against playing with necromancy he sees it through. Emma is struggling with helping Julian through his grief, her feelings for him, the parabatai curse, and with the implications of what he did with Magnus. Dru struggles with her bond with Helen and feeling like no one takes her seriously, and the loss of her sister. There is more but I don’t want to give it all away. But as you can see the family is going through it.
Then you have the growing problem with Dearborn and his Cohorts. Right from the beginning, they start making changes and doing things that put Downworlders and anyone who cares for them in danger. The people resisting them try to fight back but for a huge portion of the book I cried and screamed so much because it felt like my favs were just losing. Dearborn sends Julian and Emma basically on a suicide mission to the Unseelie lands, Helen and Aline are trying to run the LA institute and undermine the Cohorts Downworlder registry, Diego is trying to keep Kieran safe in the Sholomance, Diana is trying to see what is happening in Alicante, there are alternate worlds where MY LOVE SEBASTIAN IS STILL DANCING, and we even have the TIM crew as major players in the game. It’s so much turmoil and plot twists I could not keep my head on straight. Then at one point, it felt like everyone was jailed, beat down, or in some impossible situation that felt hopeless. BUT ALAS. Clare knows how to write a third part that just blew my mind. I did not know how things would come to be but wow I am so satisfied. There was just a thing with Zara and Manuel that I did not care for (they should have died) and my sons Kit and Ty have a situation that I have to wait FOUR YEARS to be resolved.
All in all wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. I loved this book so much and it is definitely in my top five books of 2018. The book was fast-paced and even at the calmer moments, my heart was still racing. I was never bored and my jaw hit the floor at so many moments. AND THAT EPILOGUE IS NOT NICE AND I SWEAR CLARE BETTER LET CLACE REST OR SO HELP ME.
Oh, my loves my loves. I love these characters so much and all the growth they went through. Let’s start with Julian. Phew, my son becomes an anti-hero of sorts that left me speechless. I think what I love most about Julian is how fast he had to grow up. The TMI crew and most Shadowhunters obviously experience a lot of harsh stuff but Julian basically became a dad at like 13 or 15. His parents died (one by his hand mentally), he went through the dark war, Mark was sent to the Wild Hunt, Helen was exiled, he had to take care of four little kids, run the institute without anyone knowing, then Livvy dies. That is a lot for someone not even twenty yet. But, we get to see him work through all of this and become a better young man through the trilogy and as this book reaches its conclusion. Emma was a girl riddled with grief and revenge. She wanted to get revenge for her parents and when she got that it did nothing for her. I love Emma because of how much she cares about the Blackthorns but also because of how caring she is in general. Plus she is a major badass who has done some epic things. I am so proud of how she keeps it together in this book but I love that one moment we see her almost break because of the curse. It shows that everyone has a breaking point but they can come back from it. I really loved the bond we saw between Kit and Ty. I am so happy Clare kept them as friends for now but you see the deep care they have for each other but more so Kit since it’s his POV we read. Kit is a boy just trying to balance this new life he is learning about while also knowing all things mundane. I love it because he knows everything about the world and everyone is just like huh? Kit is trying to understand the weird feelings he gets sometimes about Ty but all he knows is he cares a lot about him. Kit and the reader discover something about him that will manifest in his trilogy and we will get more growth.
I can’t talk about everyone because it is a lot but I am so happy we got to know Helen and Aline (they are so cute and Aline is a badass). I like the differences between the two and how they balance each other out. Then, of course, I love my son Kieran and the beautiful redemption that he deserved. I don’t understand people who have this unnecessary hatred for him over something he did that wasn’t done out of ill intentions or when people call him abusive. He is from the Unseelie court and doesn’t understand Shadowhunter ways or the power of family. All he knew was that he loved Mark and didn’t want to lose him. He made a mistake and I think he more than made up for it. I was proud of him and know that he will make a great King and I am so happy he gets his time with Mark and Christina (YAY for Clare actually making them canon).
I love love love her writing. I don’t know if I would read her books outside of the Shadowhunters world but for now, I know she is an instant buy for me. I love this world and the way she has built it up. Every book has high stakes and though I don’t LOVE every character they are all special. I am sad to know that we have the Magnus trilogy, The Last Hours trilogy, and the Wicked Powers trilogy left. I will miss this world when it’s officially over. The romances are always so good honestly. Besides those few hiccups in TMI lol I ship so many couples. I was happy with the Emma/Julian, Helen/Aline, Magnus/Alec, Clary/Jace, Mark/Kieran/Cristina canon endings and the blooming care of Kit/Ty. So much love going around.
“It’s a blessing,” said Simon. “Something else the rabbi taught me. ‘Let it be that you should know no further sorrow.'”
Magnus sighed. “There would be consequences. Have you ever heard the expression ‘the sleep of reason brings forth monsters’?” “Yes,” Julian said. “But I’m going to be a monster either way.”
He didn’t look like he was cosplaying an eighties music-video star; he looked icy and striking and—The word “beautiful” blinked on and off in Kit’s head like a flickering neon sign. He ignored it.
“Entreat me not to leave thee,” she said, reaching for the doorknob, “but you left me. You’ve left me, Julian.”
His face was very pale, but his eyes were shining, bright green-blue, and he looked beautiful; even with blood on his face he was beautiful, and Emma wished she couldn’t see it, but she could.
A Julian without feelings was a Julian who could and would manipulate anyone. Even her.
“I agree,” Mark said. He turned to Helen. “I will go with Cristina and Kieran. We work best as a team, the three of us.”
“Did you not tell me that the first time you saw me, you cared for me because I was so brave? You would now like me to be a coward?” He looked at her, emotion naked on his lined face. “It is different now.” “Why would it be different?” He curved his big hands around her waist. “Because I know that I love you.”
He didn’t know if he could explain what he felt to Kieran, or even to Cristina. He knew only that he did not feel done: not with Kieran, nor with Christina should Kieran choose to return to him.
He knew every mark and scar on Kieran’s skin.
Wincing, Kieran turned to face them both. “I swear to you,” he said. “I will fight to my last breath to help you save the ones you love.”
“I think I could sleep in the bed if you stayed with me.” Christina turned bright red. “All right,” she said. “I’ll say goodnight then—” “No,” Kieran said quickly. “I mean both of you. I want both of you to stay with me.”
“Be careful what masks you wear, child,” Nene said, “lest you lose your true face forever.” “False or true it’s all the same.”
Feeling strangely calm, Mark said, “Isn’t it better to have me with you?” “No,” Kieran said, and in his eyes Mark thought he saw the ocean, black and silver under the moon. Distant and untouchable. Beautiful and everlasting. “Because I love you.” The world seemed to rush away into silence. “But I thought—you said we would be done with each other.” “I am not done with you,” Kieran. “I could never be done with you, Mark Blackthorn.”
“…I thought I loved you in the Hunt, Mark, but that was a shadow of what I feel for you now, knowing what loving-kindness you are capable of.”
“So this is what our world would be like without Clary,” said Emma, remembering all the times she’d heard people—mostly men—say that Clary wasn’t a hero, that she hadn’t done much that deserved to be praised, that she was selfish, even worthless, just a girl who’d been in the right places at the right times.
“As long as you exist and I exist, I will love you.”
“My Mark,” Kieran whispered, touching Mark’s hair, his cheek. “I adore you.”
“Yes, you can,” Kit whispered. “You can. You think this will make your family stronger, but it will destroy them if you bring her back. You think you can’t survive without Livvy, but you can. We will go through it together.” Kit’s face was cold; he realized he was crying. “I love you, Ty. I love you.”
“We could not have done this without you,” he said. “You are the one who set us free.” He kissed her on the forehead, his lips light and quick. “On the battlefield, I will think of you.”
“You were the best part of my life,” she said.
“Others want the throne. I do not. I only want you.” “And you will be a great King because of it…” “And I love you both, my brave Cristina. Nothing can change that. Nothing ever will…” “Know that I will always love you no matter how far away I am.”
“…I want them to think, ‘Alec Lightwood loved one man so much he changed the world for him.'”
“I had two secrets. Now I have none. I am free as the wind,” Diana said. He took her face in his big hands. “My lady, my love,” he said. “We will ride the wind together.”