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

I usually don't cry while reading books. I mean, I'm a huge crier when it comes to movies, but not books. I feel that making someone cry while reading is a talent only a few possess. It is the talent of being able to describe a moment with so much detail, focusing on the most emotional aspects of it, that the reader automatically visualizes the moment, making it no different from a movie. That's skill. That's talent. Luckily for me, Cassandra Clare possesses these skills and this talent, making Queen of Air and Darkness a wonderful, heartbreaking, and joyous read. 

The third book of the dark artifices trilogy. It mainly focuses on the evils of the Cohort and the measures the rest of the Shadowhunters and Downworlders take to stop them.

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After the tragic murders of two important and respected Shadowhunters by Annabel Blackthorn - a Shadowhunter who has been brought back from the dead - the Clave is in chaos. People are scared, and they need reassurance, especially after Emma Carstairs smashed the Mortal Sword. Horace Dearborn, a bigot who wants to return Shadowhunters "to their glory", not caring how many people are killed in the process, takes advantage of this situation. He gives a fabricated speech, thus appealing to the fears of the Shadowhunters he succeeds at manipulating. He is immediately elected as the Inquisitor, a position of high power in the Clave. Now, his real work begins.

He sends Emma and Julian on a suicide mission to faerie to retrieve the Black Volume Of The Dead. A few of his men are sent after the two children, meaning to kill them after they get the Black Volume. However, Julian has other plans. As fights break out, people are captured, and enmity grows, Emma and Julian find themselves escaping into a portal that leads to an alternative universe, Thule, where everything is in ruins, Shadowhunters are no more, and most of the Blackthorns are dead. Meanwhile, Horace does not stop at anything in his mission to turn Shadowhunters against Downworlders, going as far as torturing and imprisoning children who do not agree with him. When everyone is safe and back at home, Julian is determined to bring down Horace and the Cohort. His scheming and manipulating instincts kick in and he formulates a clever plan, meant to expose the lies and crimes of the Cohort.

I'm not kidding when I say that this book had me gripped. I ignored my to-do lists and just read all day. Not only was it full of plot twists and anticipation, but it also appealed immensely to the emotions of the reader. It showed the trauma of losing a sibling, the power and danger of forbidden love, the strength of friendship, and the concept of difficult choices. 

The book showed how, even when it seems as if things won't get better, there is always hope. There is always a way. It showed that movements get their strength and impact from numbers. It showed that, if you truly believe in something, you will achieve what you want.

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  1. Oh I have never heard of this book before. I’ll have to check it out!

  2. I haven't heard of this book before. I do like books that bring out all the emotions. Even if some of those emotions are crying. Definitely a sign of a good writer.

  3. I am not usually a cryer when it comes to books either, it is the mark of a good writer to be able to evoke those emotions. I will have to check the book out.

  4. This sounds like quite the page turner!

  5. This sounds like a fabulous book! I love books that you tug those emotional ties!