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Mar 31, 2019TEENREVIEWBOARD rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
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