Even though I have read this book several times, it never ceases to break my heart.
The review might contain spoilers.
One of the most sacred vows that Shadowhunters take is the vow that binds them to their parabatai – the warrior sworn fighters who have to do live, fight and die together but could never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs and her parabatai, Julian learn that their love is not only forbidden by the Law but can also destroy them both. Emma is aware that for their sake she should step away but how could she when it would hurt her found family so much?
The Shadowhunter world is threatened on many sides – something is brewing in Faerie and within the Shadowhunter ranks there is discontent as some extremists want to “cleanse” the Nephilim.
What I liked about the book: This is a wonderful middle book – it is action packed, has plenty of plot twists that need resolving by the end of the series and it has guaranteed heartbreak. I have mentioned it before, but the dynamics within The Dark Artifices are some of the best within The Shadowhunter Chrornicles . There is a lot to explore and unpack beyond the main characters and that gives the series a sense of thrill and adventure. I remember when the book was first released, I couldn’t put it down and I ended up reading the final chapters in a Linguistics class and I wanted to yeet my phone out the window (because I was reading the book on my phone) and then scream at the top of my lungs because that ending broke me. It’s one of the most devastating finales.
What I didn’t like about the book: The devastating few final chapters. Oof, I still haven’t recovered from them.
A quote: “Fiction is truth, even if it is not fact. If you believe only in facts and forget stories, your brain will live, but your heart will die.”
My rating: 5/5 stars – this book broke me. I am still recovering. I probably won’t ever recover from this book.
Do you have a favorite shadowhunter book?