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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Audiobook Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Lord of Shadows
(The Dark Artifices Series, #2)
by Cassandra Clare 
Narrated by James Marsters 

Sunny Los Angeles can be a dark place indeed in Cassandra Clare’s Lord of Shadows, the sequel to the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Lady Midnight. Lord of Shadows is a Shadowhunters novel.

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.

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Viviana's Review: 

I was excited to be able to listen to the second book in THE DARK ARTIFICES SERIES, especially since its narrated by James Marsters! Grouping up in the 90s, I was a huge Buffy fan and thus James played SPIKE! I was curious.... I know the voice, but how would it be with him as the narrator. But more about the narrator later.

About a year has past since the first book, "Lady Midnight" was released and I was a tad concerned that I wouldn't be able to remember some of the details and be lost while reading "Lord of Shadows". While I wasn't totally lost, there were some details that I struggled to remembered. I think it would have been best if I did a "re-listen" to book 1 to best enjoy "Lord of Shadows".

The story picks up right after the events of "Lady Midnight" and is full of action. There is also lots of new developments with the story and the relationships between the characters. This is where I got a little lost because the number of characters is a lot and more are introduced.

The one thing that stood out the most about this book is the level of social issues weaved into and was part of the story. It was a HUGE part of the overall plot/story and the characters. The social issue is one that is also currently occurring today in our "real world". Its an important issue and I'm glad it is one that was included. I do believe it may have been a bit too much though. It detracted from the plot/story a bit. It also made the story longer then it needed to be.

There "seems" to be a love triangle but there really isn't. The relationship between Julian and Emma is strained due to the love that they have for each other that cannot be. Emma is trying to save Julian but their situation could have been dealt with so much better if they simply TALKED about what was going on and the hurdles they faced. Especially since in the end, everything comes out and they are left with trying to figure out how to move forward.

There was a lot of things that the reader discovers along the way and one that leaves the reader thinking "ohhh wonder how THAT is going to turn out!". I don't want to include spoilers or reveal too much, but I'm seriously curious about things will end for Mark and the others.

OH MY GOD, the end. This is something that I chatted with a friend that had also read the book. When such an ending occurs, it needed to be discussed. I honestly don't think it was necessary. There had been enough going on and the Blackthorns have gone through enough. If it wasn't for the fact that I was listening to the book, I would have slammed the book shut and thrown across the room.

Narrator Review: 
As I had mentioned earlier, this was the first time I listen to anything narrated by James Masters. He did such a phenomenal job that I searched for what else he had narrated.

Rating: 3 Stars - I Liked It

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Simon & Schuster Audio in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.

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