Queen of Air and Darkness

Queen of Air and Darkness

Book - 2018 | First edition
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While the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and focus on saving the world of Shadowhunters before the parabatai curse destroys everyone.
Publisher: New York :, Margaret K. McElderry Books,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781442468436
Branch Call Number: Y CLA
Characteristics: 880 pages ; 24 cm


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Jul 23, 2020

In the third and final novel in Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series, a variety of storylines for so many characters are resolved, while leaving many questions unanswered for others. After the horrific events at the Council Hall, some of the Blackthorns return to Los Angeles, broken, terrified, and filled with grief. While trying to recover from the death of one of their siblings, a war remains outside of the Institute, a war they are all heavily involved in. At the same time, forbidden lovers Julian and Emma must continue to deny their love for each other while completing their dangerous task, taking the Black Volume of the Dead from the land of Faerie. As their love and their parabatai bond grows stronger, the time before their lethal bond consumes them runs out.

As a fervent reader of all of Clare’s series about this strange world, this book certainly did not disappoint. The events always had me on the edge of my seat, hanging off of every single word, emotion, and decision. The plot was extremely inventive and full of twists and turns, especially the storyline revolving around Julian and Emma. Furthermore, Clare did an excellent job with Ty’s portrayal, as his character accurately depicted an autistic teen dealing with the loss of the person closest to him, his twin sister Livia. People with autism are rarely represented in stories, and that needs to change, so I commend Clare for taking the steps to do so. A common theme among her series is the inclusivity of all types of people and love, beautifully showing that love does not look the same for everybody. All in all, the novel is gripping and exciting, but I do believe that the ending was somewhat predictable. It is a nice conclusion to this series, and paves the way for her next series, which revolves around Dru, Kit, and Ty.

Age rating: 13+
Star rating: 4 stars

I can barely see through the tears, and I feel like I have also just cut my heart out of my body and sort of haphazardly placed it back into my chest and hoped for the best for its future. These characters mean everything to me. I can't believe this trilogy is over.

Basically, this book deals with the aftermath of Lord of Shadows, opening with the absolute devastation of *spoiler* Livvy's death. I knew it was going to wreck me, and, to no one's surprise, the first hundred or so pages are just a riot of pain and suffering and I wanted to leap into the pages and hug every single Blackthorn and never let them go. TY. DRU. TAVVY. God help me, I just love them so much. There's something about Emma and the Blackthorns that gets to me just as intensely as Jem and Tessa and Will did; they feel so real, with such vibrant personalities and the dynamics between them make me weak. Kit and Ty deserve the world, and they deserve it TOGETHER. I want this with every fibre of my being.

This is just an incoherent blabbering mess of a review but I don't want to spoil anything and I truly just feel like an incoherent jumble of a person right now too so I'm going to cut it short and just say that this book took so many twists that I didn't expect, contained so much pain, and yet somehow also made me smile and laugh and hug it and never want it to end. I love that the Shadowhunter books are never-ending. I want to grow old alongside these characters.

sjpl_rebekah Feb 26, 2020

SO. MUCH. ANGST. I generally enjoy Clare's books for the most part. They have intricate storylines and complex characters. There are usually clearly defined conflicts and the endings are almost always satisfying. This book checked all those boxes, but it was just so darn long and drawn out. Every. single. relationship. was FILLED with angst. Relationship building can do a lot to drive a story, however, there is a point where it starts to become tedious. Clare loves writing forbidden love stories, as well as love triangles, and this series has that in spades. I listened to this in audiobook format, and sometimes I would find myself tuning out during the more lengthy interactions between will-they-or-won't-they couples/thruples. There are a lot of characters to follow in this trilogy (including returning characters from past series), and I quickly realized that I needed to read detailed recaps of the previous two installments to get back up to speed on what was going on before the start of this book. I did enjoy the story, but I think the book could have been significantly shorter without losing anything critical to the plot.

This is the first book of Clare's that I consumed in audiobook format. James Marsters has a voice that is well-suited to storytelling, though his volume fluctuates quite a bit and I had to constantly adjust the sound in my vehicle. This was only a minor annoyance, however, and I found his performance to be appropriately dramatic for the content of the book.

Jan 06, 2020

An amazing conclusion to the entire series. This book was long, very long, yet I didn't feel like it dragged at all. It gave enough details to keep you on the edge of your seat while feeling totally immersed in the world. I truly enjoyed all of her books and was sad to finally finish what books are out there. Looking forward to the sequel of the Infernal Devices!

Oct 19, 2019

Re read book in October 2019, changed 4.5 rating to 5 stars!

sheepsheets Sep 16, 2019

I had been trying to hold back judgement of this series until finishing it (and rated the first two more generously giving them the benefit of doubt), but I found this series ultimately lacking. After slogging through this book that felt more than 200 pages too long for all that happened, I was frustrated by a number of things-- the focus is divided between too many characters and every storyline suffers because of it. The need for almost every character to have a love interest further detracted from the quality, to the point where I couldn't bring myself to care about any of the relationships. Though I can appreciate the attempt at representation, it wasn't executed as effectively as it could have been since the attention was so scattered. Because so much time was dedicated to romantic pining, other seemingly significant events passed by without much note. This series is at its best when showcasing more of the Shadowhunter world, such as some of the Shadowhunter laws and inner workings, the time spent in Faerie and a bit of what the Wild Hunt is like, but even then there are failings (i.e. something being portrayed as a huge deal only to be cleared up neatly without much explanation). If you're dying for more content this series may be worth it for you, particularly because it involves past beloved characters, but in the end I found The Dark Artifices to be a waste of time.

Sep 14, 2019

A long drawn out soap opera. Tedious and silly. Oh, and the bad guys live happily ever after..

Apr 27, 2019

Surprisingly disappointed in the last installment. I became a fast fan of CC and her shadow hunter world, however found myself struggling through the Dark Artifices. Sadly I believe this was my least favorite of all her books. I felt it didn’t have her usual flare and she became to caught up in the teenage love lives of her characters.

Mar 31, 2019

Cassandra Clare’s final installment of The Dark Artifices trilogy, “The Queen of Air and Darkness” is a masterpiece. In this book, the Blackthorns and Emma Carstairs continue their adventure to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead and stop Annabel. This was such an emotional story that really showed the complexity of human emotions. Julian Blackthorn especially showcased this as he battled his feelings for Emma. The characters were new and refreshing, and there wasn’t even one stereotypical character. Emma Carstairs is the definition of brave and fierce, and Julian is such a mastermind. Like all of Cassandra Clare’s books, it included a lot of diversity and inclusion, which just made the story all the better. There were many plot twists that blew my mind. This book was like your basic forbidden love story but taken to extremes. Everything was tied up nicely but still leaving enough to make you think what will happen next. This is perfect for people who enjoyed Cassandra Clare’s other works like The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices. I would rate this a 4.5 out of 5 stars. @India_Ink of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The third and final book in the Dark Artifices trilogy by Cassandra Clare, it is an official sequel to the Infernal Devices trilogy and the Mortal Instruments series. The most recent release by the author, Queen of Air and Darkness isn't the best ending book she's written, however for a fantasy series it deals with certain issues like racism that happens way to often today. Over 800 pages long, there are multiple scenes that aren't truly needed and I did falter in reading it at certain moments. However, it ends the trilogy the best that it can and for side characters that were main in the Mortal Instruments, they earn a nice conclusion to their story that I would very much like to keep peaceful. 5/5 Stars. @SeraphinaWilliams of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

QoAaD picks up seconds after Lord of Shadows finishes, and although following the aftermath closely does little in progressing the plot for a hundred or so pages it effectively sets the tone for the rest of the novel. At times I found that the switching in points of views took me out of the story a little unlike her other novels, and I felt as though the various perspectives could’ve been made into longer parts instead of constantly switching. Additionally, although some conflicts and plotlines were resolved, others were only used to set up one of her upcoming trilogies, The Wicked Powers, and left this final book in the trilogy to feel as though it fell a bit flat. Despite this, emotions ran high in this book and I couldn’t put it down. 3/5. @ClockworkReader of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Feb 09, 2019

THE ABSOLUTE BEST BOOK IVE READ!!!!! CC ended the triology very well and it was super long but totes ok. Im still in love with the series. Cant wait until the Wicked Powers!!!

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I'm not myself without you, Emma. Once you dissolve dye in water, you can't take it back out. It's like that. I can't take you out of me. It means cutting out my heart, and I don't like myself without my heart.


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