I finally read the monster of a book that is the third instalment in the Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare and here are all my non-spoilery thoughts on it.
Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
Rating: ✰✰✰✰✰/ 5
Where I Got It: Waterstones
One Line Thought: A satisfying conclusion to an incredible trilogy
Page Count: 912 (including the short story at the end)
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 4th December 2019
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Queen of Air and Darkness is the third and final instalment in the Dark Artifices series which is the third series in the Shadowhunter Chronicles. The Dark Artifices follows the Blackthorn family as well as Emma Carstairs after the events of the Dark War that happened in one of the prior series. Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn are parabatai who are not meant to fall in love but when they start growing feelings for each other they get caught up in more politics than they had expected.
I loved Queen of Air and Darkness. I thought it was a very satisfying sequel that despite it’s length had me turning every page, desperate to find out what was going to happen next. The feel of this conclusion made me go back to feeling the way I did when I first fell in love with the Shdowhunter world. This book made me laugh and cry the whole way through as I continued some of my favourite characters stories and watched them overcome challenges and difficulties. The plot twists in this one were truly shocking and took this world to places I could not have imagined, which has left me desperately in need of the Chain of Gold series that follows on from where this one has left off.
I have heard many people comment on the unoriginality on some parts of this book and how some it relies a lot on nostalgia. I agree with this and I think that if you weren’t as attached to this world as myself and many others are then you might not enjoy this conclusion as much.
It was a very strong finale to an amazing series and as always I can’t wait to read more of Cassandra Clare’s writing when her future books are released and to explore the world after the shocking events of his conclusion.
What did you think of this conclusion? Let me know in the comments!