Characters & their development: 4
Personal enjoyment: 1
What did I like
– A few of the main characters
– The reintroduction of some of our old favourites
What didn’t I like
– It felt very fan service-y
– There were inconsistencies in the timeline from its prequel
Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.
First of all, I want to be blatantly honest. I reached page 271 and had to put this down. So this is a DNF review based on what I have read, BUT I know one day, when I am feeling a little bit less sensitive about certain scenes, and am in a better head space (Thanks lock down) I will get back to reading this. If you would rather read a review based on the whole book, here are a few that are from people I adore & trust. Please feel free to click on their names to be redirected to their reviews.
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Now, I know, people will want the tea. But there are only two factors that made me DNF it
A. I wasn’t enjoying it (and have now come to admit that maybe Cassie Clare books aren’t for me) &
B. I read a specific scene between Alistair and someone else that in my current mindset, I wasn’t comfortable reading about or seeing the repercussions of even if they were positive.
There really isn’t any tea. So let’s get into my actual quick review of what I read.
First of all, if you love Cassie’s books? You will adore this one. Her characters are more vibrant than they have been before, there is humor, romance and tension. It is your perfect tropey YA read. Those already deep into her world and in love with that world, will have a true blast with this one.
I enjoyed the plot, and how it connected to the previous one, showing the repercussions and effects of the prior story but there were some issues with that prior story. Mainly just dates of deaths and small things, But they were enough that I noticed them. If you fixed those wrong little things, there would be nothing really wrong with the plot, it is really slow to get going, and I feel like a wee bit could’ve been chopped off but once you hit page 150 you’re away swinging.
The characters are also a beautiful bunch. There isn’t a single one who doesn’t feel at least semi fleshed out in the main gang by the point I stopped reading. They had some massive flaws, and things to work through which I really loved because it made them feel real.
There were emerging villains, and a large issue the shadowhunters were about to face, and I think Cassie’s writing has gotten better with time.
But again, I DNF’ed it, and I think if you’re sensitive to how LGBTQIA+ relationships are portrayed (and I am very sensitive to this in certain situations so perhaps you won’t be bothered by this) Or if you’re not a fan of Cassie’s works, I would skip this one.
Otherwise? I’d tell you you should really think about picking it up.