February 13, 2017
“‘Whither thou goest, I will go, whatever stupid thing you do, I will do also?'” Emma said. “Was that the vow?” ― Cassandra Clare, Lady Midnight
Not quite Emma.
Okay, so I think this is my favourite Shadowhunter Chronicle novel yet. It was exciting, heartbreaking, and full of everything I love about the Shadow World. Cassie did it AGAIN. I have no idea what sacrificial ritual she is doing to churn out these incredible novels, but I want in! All jokes aside, I think this is some of her best work.
The relationship between Julian and Emma was so complex and REAL. I found myself really being absorbed into the main character. Something that hasn’t happened for me since I first read “The Mortal Instruments”. Emma Carstairs has captured me just like Clary Fairchild did the first time I read “City of Bones”.
With such a wide variety of characters, I found myself caring about EVERY SINGLE ONE. That is very important because at times, books with a plethora of characters, their plot’s can become muddled and chaotic, but this was handled beautifully. I hadn’t realized it was a time jump, but I find that it didn’t bother me. The villain was perfectly constructed as I never saw them coming and a certain little family made my heart swell at the end. I found this book to be everything I was looking for. It tied up loose ends that were quite frayed at the end of “Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy” as well as explaining a few of the “Tales” further. We met the Los Angeles bunch in book 6 of “The Mortal Instruments”, “City of Heavenly Fire”, and I just knew they were going to become important and prove themselves immensely.
There is a lot of foreshadowing at the beginning of the novel, but only if you can spot it. I found myself grinning smugly in the last few pages as my predictions came true. *HIGH FIVES SELF*. Emma Carstairs is so much like Jace with a bit of Jem mixed in and Julian is a lot like Clary with a touch of Simon, I noticed. Sure, Emma is a bit arrogant and snarky, but as we know, that makes the best Shadowhunters. Even though this is the start of a new series, I loved that Cassie made sure we never forgot about the East Coast gang and I loved the little tributes to the NYC Institute throughout and for someone who is a HUGE TMI fan, I was very happy.
Even though we are dealing with Downworlders and Shadowhunters, I found the human side of the story to be very prominent and the emotions were always so raw and true. I loved it all! As usual, Cassie was able to create relationships, platonic and romantic, that captured the heart aches and joyful elements of the Shadow World that makes it so loveable by all the readers.
In “The Mortal Instruments” as well as “The Infernal Devices” the parabatai bond is explored, but in this book, it is tested. Parabatais were always something I wanted to learn about further and I think this series is going to do that.
I give this book 5/5 stars. I would give it 10/5 if fractions worked that way…they don’t. This book was a whirlwind of twists and turns. I found myself crying, laughing, and grinning uncontrollably. I cannot wait till “Lord of Shadows”! I highly recommend this book, but YOU NEED TO READ EVERY OTHER SHADOWHUNTER BOOK BEFORE. You must read all of “The Infernal Devices”, “The Mortal Instruments”, and even the bind ups of “The Bane Chronicles” (to understand Magnus, the Herondales, etc) and of course “Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy” (especially this one!). I will be reading this again!
Thank you Cassie for another incredible read.