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Lord of Shadows

Written by Cassandra Clare

Part of the The Dark Artifices Series

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 13+ readers Featured Books for Young Adults General Fiction Recommended Children's eBooks

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Epic fantasy packed with passion and paranormal intrigue

There are dark dangers and dilemmas aplenty in this glamorous, gripping sequel to Lady Midnight, second in The Dark Artifices trilogy.

Part-angel, part-human Shadowhunter Emma Carstairs may have accomplished her mission to avenge her parents’ death, but a new dark shadow now looms over her Los Angeles hometown. As a Shadowhunter, she’s bound to her parabatai soulmate, Julian Blackthorn. They must fight together, even die together, but to fall in love – as they do – could prove fatal. Yet Emma cannot flee Julian to escape this conflict. They need each other, they need the Black Volume of the Dead, and only a Blackthorn can find it. With the eponymous Lord of Shadows set on annihilating those with Blackthorn blood, the stakes could not be higher as Emma and co. voyage into the Courts of Faerie to find the powerful spell book.

With her fiercely indomitable spirit and razor-sharp tongue, Emma is a brilliantly badass heroine, and the tangled dynamics of her relationships with her co-characters are intoxicatingly compelling. Simmering with tension, and heady with high-stakes action, sequels don’t come more satisfying than this.

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You might also like this fabulous Mortal Instruments Colouring Book filled with gorgeous original black-and-white drawings by Cassandra Jean, illustrator of The Bane Chronicles and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy.

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Lord of Shadows Synopsis

Sunny Los Angeles can be a dark place indeed in Cassandra Clare's Lord of Shadows, the sequel to the #1 New York Timesand 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.

Lord of Shadows Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

I love, love, love this series. Each book is full of danger and adventure and I don't want to put them down. Full review

Bella (Age 12)

Lord of Shadows is so heart wrecking but yet has this sense of hope that overwhelms me. It is such a good book I would recommend it to everyone I know. I admire Cassandra Clare's ability to create characters so lovable. Someday I aspire to be like her. Full review

Aoibhe Churcher (Age 13)

Lord of Shadows Press Reviews

“Clare's ability to tell a fresh new story, while overlapping critical components from her previous series, is worthy of applause…Lady Midnight incorporates the importance of responsibility, the call of justice and the willingness to risk it all for those you love.”    Daily Mail

Praise for the Mortal Instruments series:

Fans of... Buffy the Vampire Slayer will instantly fall for this series Publishers Weekly

The perfect young adult novel. The tale of a shadowy underworld of elegant half-angel demons hunters in New York is thrilling. It's romantic. The pages fly by. The characters leap off the page and into your heart. I aspire to write like this. And I want to fight like a Shadow Hunter -- CJ Daugherty The Big Issue

Mesmerising, lyrical tale of bright and dark sides of love and desire -- Fiona Noble Bookseller Children's Guide

A thrilling urban fantasy of vampires, warlocks and shapeshifters that fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will love to get their teeth into [...] We haven't read such a brilliant mixture of razor-sharp wit and humour and spine tingling fear but above all a terrific page-turning read that will have you saying just one more page, then one more chapter and suddenly you've finished it.  Love Reading 4 Kids

The book was easy to get into and thrilling the whole time. First News

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ISBN: 9781471116674
Publication date: 03/05/2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781471116650
Publication date: 23/05/2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471116674
Publication date: 3rd May 2018
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 720 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical, General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks

About Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare is the author of the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Lady Midnight, as well as the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. She is the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, as well as The Shadowhunter’s Codex, which she cowrote with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 50 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages, a feature film, and a TV ...

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