Title: Lord of Shadows
(The Dark Artifices #2)
Genre: Fantasy, UF, YA, Paranormal, Romance
Published: May 23rd 2017
Where I Got It: My shelf (Target)
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.
I adored book 1 so I bought book 2 a while back. It took me a min, but I finally dusted it off.
The story continues with Emma and her group. Emma has finally avenged her parents. She thought she'd finally have some peace and quiet, but of course not. She is still torn between her desire for Julian and her desire to protect him from the terrible consequences of parabatai relationships. She tries to date his brother, Mark, but Mark has a lot of his own demons and issues. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters' demands. This group will have to find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear.
I went into this with SUCH excitement. I really liked book 1 and I was curious about this to see what was going to happen next.
The first few chapters were fun....but then it dragged.
Even when it got exciting and fun....I was bored. I still wanted to see what was going to happen to our lovers and their friends....but sighs. It was a struggle to get through. I managed, but I did skim A LOT. When I say a lot...I mean it. I may also be downplaying how much I skimmed.
Such a bummer. I really wanted to like this as much as book 1, but I didn't. I'm not sure if it was me...because the writing was still good. Maybe if this was smaller? Maybe cut some of the extra fluff?
I don't know.
I'll still give 2 stars. I'm feeling generous because I adore Emma and Julian and Mark.