Not gonna lie, I am a wild fan of all things Shadowhunters.
Everything about them is perfect and fills my heart so so much, and there are only two things I dread about these books: (1) that Cassandra Clare will mURDER MY SOUL, and (2) that they’ll be over one day!! I seriously am okay for 50 more books. I am just saying.
Obsessed you say?? Haha you sweet summer grape.
Today I’m teaming up with Simon & Schuster to give away a copy of Lord of Shadows to celebrate the paperback’s release!
But before we get to that fun, I’m going to delight your lives by telling you why I love The Dark Artifices so so much! As hard as it is to choose, I do think this is my favourite series out of all the Shadowhunter books! Which is saying a lot because I practically broke my wrists reading all 600+ pages of City of Heavenly Fire, so that says what serious dedication I have right there. But ahem.
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1. THEY BALANCE BEING FANTASTICALLY FUNNY WITH FANTASTICALLY DEVASTATING SO WELL.
As I always say: what are books for if not to mAKE YOU CRY?!? I mean obviously they can have other uses like being informing, showing you the world, expanding your mind, etc etc blah. But pain. We’re here to be emotionally manipulated by books of course. And I also absolutely love to laugh and I crack up so many times reading these! All the Shadowhunter books are funny, but Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows are just EXTRA SASSY.
2. I LOVE BASICALLY ALL THE CHARACTERS.
You know when you read a book with a huge cast and there’s always someone’s narration who ticks you off? NOT HERE. I mean, I have my lesser-liked-characters, but ultimately I frikkin’ love everyone. I love to hate the badies! I love the secondary characters! I love the narrators!
My utter top favourites are: Mark, Julian, Emma, Ty, Malcolm, and all the reprising old faves from The Mortal Instruments! (Magnus, Clary and Jace all make appearences!)
3. THE SLYTHERIN LEVEL OF SCHEMING IS SO BEAUTIFUL.
Hello my name is SLYTHERIN and I can appreciate a good schemer. Oh woooow can I. Julian Blackthorn is a soft Slytherin™ and I absolutely adore him. He schemes and plots and manipulates the entire time. And YES he’s a hero. And YES he’s still good. I mean, he’s totally dubious at all times, but he does it for good reasons. And I’m 500% sure this is going to backfire aND END IN DEATH AND PAIN. But I love this soft slytherin scheme master.
4. IT HAS A MURDER MYSTERY PLOTLINE!
Which is a bit unusual for a fantasy series, right?! We have fey and magic and werewolves and angels and….MURDER MYSTERY INVESTIGATIONS. There’s Sherlock references and Emma has a “wall of crazy” where she pins all the clues to try and figure out her parents murderer in Lady Midnight. And OH WOW you never see the twist coming. It’s so well done.
5. SIBLING APPRECIATION
Because hello Julian Blackthorn, 17 year old anxious mother of 5. He’s been raising his little siblings since he was 12 (!! MY BABY !!) and they are his whole universe. Unfortunately he is so so tired from this, but the amount of sibling and family love her just does strange things to my Vulcan heart. I can almost….ugh…feel things.
There are 4 younger Blackthorn siblings (Ty, Livia, Dru, and Tavvy) and then when Mark gets back he’s basically a child too so BOOM another son. And then they pick up Kit in Lord of Shadows, who is an angsty unwilling 15 year old Nephilim that Julian also gets to tell when to go to bed.
Julian needs a holiday and a cup of tea.
6. IT FEATURES FAERIES!
I’m kind of obsessed with faeries so (!!) this just makes everything perfect. All the Shadowhunter books have tons of paranormal creatures, but The Dark Artifices focus on the faeries because one of the Blackthorn boys, Mark, is half-fey. He was also kidnapped by the Wild Hunt and is JUST returned in Lady Midnight and he is a tortured piece of cinnamon scroll whom I LOVE THE MOST.
7. THERE IS A LOT OF SHIPPING TO BE DONE.
Romance is always a big deal in the Shadowhunter books, and I like how it’s done?! It’s never rushed! And this one is particularly angsty because Julian and Emma are Parabatai and forbidden to ever fall in love. So LOL @ RULES guess what they’re doing. Well trying not to do.
I ship ’em so bad.
I also ship Ty/Kit and Mark/Kieren (I’m sorry…Cristina really annoys me in that triangle because I don’t think she’d care for Mark except for the fact she’s obsessed with faeries soooo).
8. IT REALLY CARES ABOUT DIVERSITY.
There’s a TON of diversity rep here and it feels so so respectful. Not all of it I relate to (obviously!) but the ones I’m part of have A+ rep! THIS FILLS MY HEART LIKE YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE. This is the first time I’ve ever gotten to read an autistic Shadowhunter (who is 500% respected and loved for who he is). It actually also explores mental illnesses and their affect on lives. Especially anxiety, depression, and PTSD. There’s also POC, queer, and trans characters.
9. THERE’S LOTS OF CUTE SCENES TOO.
They’re huge books, ok, like 600+ pages. BUT IT’S WORTH IT because we get (a) plot, (b) action, and (c) cute fluff scenes that literally slay for levels of adorableness. They make pancakes or batter around witty dialogue or just sit on the beach to talk sometimes. And it’s so good. It balances everything and makes me feel like I KNOW THESE CHARACTERS SO WELL.
I’m so sucked in. I can’t even.
10. THEY’RE GOOD BOOKS, BRENT, JUST GO READ THEM.
We gotcha feels destroying moments and faeries boys and tragic plot twists and (me) screaming into the night. We have magic and murder and mayhem. We have swords and battles and schemes and lies. Complex characters and twisted morales.
EVERYTHING IS PERFECT. PUT IT IN A BOX AND BRING IT WITH US, LET’S GO.
Also the finale, Queen of Air And Darkness is everything I’m waiting for and out December 2018!