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Review: QUEEN OF AIR AND DARKNESS // i may be biased but this book is perfection

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Title: Queen of Air and Darkness
Series: The Dark Artifices
Author: Cassandra Clare
Page count: 880
Date published: 4 December 2018
Genre: Young Adult urban fantasy

Rating: (5 out of 5 stars)
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What if damnation is the price of true love?
Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks.  Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.


Ummm… wow? I am surprised I actually survived this. Cassie is my queen and this book was P-E-R-F-E-C-T-I-O-N!!!!

Click here for my hecka long LORD OF SHADOWS REVIEW btw

And again, this is a sequel so I ain’t here trying to be spoiler-free because there’s A LOT to talk about it
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  • My emotions are officially wrecked
  • What did I even read?
  • I felt so much pain
  • Dru deserves a hug I LOVE HER
  • Omg Ash!!!!!
  • Whenever we saw the TMI gang, everything was just better and I LOVE THEM SO FREAKING MUCH
  • I forgot how much love I have for those characters
  • Thule freaked me the heck out and my anxiety was through the roof
  • The entire book just ruined my anxiety
  • omg KIT I CAN’T EVEN
  • Tyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
  • I’m flailing and don’t know what to do with myself
  • I need therapy or something
  • HALP
  • I forgot what pure hatred felt like but Horace and Zara brought it back out
  • I truly don’t even know what to say, so much happened in this book my head was spinning

Story and plot Review graphics
Okay, so we’re just thrown into where Lord of Shadows ended and I HAVE EMOTIONS. I’m sure you’ve heard people say this before but it’s the most depressing start to a Shadowhunter book. It’s all just too much to handle. The funeral and Julian taking away his feelings… I AM DISTRAUGHT. And then I was truly horrified that they elected the Horace monster as Inquisitor. Cassie did an amazing job with the political conflict in this book. It’s so relevant to today and I was really impressed.
Tessa is pregnant?!?!?!?! AHHHHHHHHHH
I was legit in Clockwork Princess tears whenever Dru mentioned her grief  because I love this girl so much. I’m also really intrigued to see where her relationship between Jaime and Ash goes.
But what really had me shook was the battle in the Unseelie Court OH MY GOD. I was so relieved when we found Jace and Clary, the world felt right again. The scene where the Unseelie King is killed had me shooketh to the core omg. I just,,, so much happened I don’t know how to deal. I lost my shit when Emma and Jules jumped through the portal.
The Thule chapters were just like WHOAH WHAT IS HAPPENING I AM NOT OKAY. I did not see Cassie creating a parallel universe AT ALL. Part 2 felt like a dream and also a nightmare at the same time. We got Jules back and Livvy’s dating Cameron and everything is just messed up and I don’t know what to feel. My disgust of Sebastian returned and evil Jace was kinda back (we’ll get to that later) and I??? At this point, I was flying through this book, which I easily manage with Cassie’s books. I legit read 500 pages in a day what??? I. COULDN’T. STOP.
Thank the lord when we got back and Magnus was fine again because MY ANXIETY CANNOT HANDLE IT. I also just want to take a moment and applaud my bby Jules for running the Institute and putting together a whole rebellion… he’s so strong. The scenes in the forest hit me harder than I expected. I’m emotional.
I need to talk about Kit and Ty because I AM DEAD. Ty was suffering, therefore, I was suffering and when they were at the lake, my emotions were through the roof. I’m physically hyperventilating thinking about it right now. When Kit was freaking out and said ‘i love you’ to Ty, I lost my chill. My heart couldn’t handle. I need The Wicked Powers right now because they should not be separated. My dear Kit thinks Ty doesn’t care and I’m here like now baby it’s the exact opposite. AHH, I’m freaking out. Do you get my emotions???
And then the BATTLE. OH MY GAWD WHAT HAPPENED. It was totally epic and terrifying at the same time. My hatred for Zara returns when she freaking stabs Emma, HOW DARE YOU. Omg, she’s the worst. Don’t even get me started on insulting Dru, I wanted to stab that b**ch. And the whole true nephilim thing WHAT!?! There are still some loose ends there but AHHHH. I almost lost my shit because I almost thought Cassie killed of Emma, I put the book down and walked out only to find that if I’d read a bit more that she wasn’t dead, stupid move Ruby. Anyways AHHHH. When all the Blackthorns walked up and Tavvy held up his arms for his father, I couldn’t. MY CHILDREN! The amount of anxiety I had with the battle scene was through the rooftops.
I also just wanted to quickly say how much I love Diana and Gwyn, are they a power couple or what! I LOVE IT!!
How stuck up are the freaking Cohort, I can’t even. Who do they think they are locking themselves in Idris because Alec is the Inquisitor. I loved that scene btw. How Jace immediately nominates him, MY HERO. Alec deserves a round of applause, he’s just like okay then bye. Praise to you
Everything kind of ties itself together. I was very relieved that the parabatai burnt away I have questions but it’s fine) because like the pain of them being in pain was getting to me. Julian deserves happiness.
The ending chapter gave me so much joy. I LOVE the whole Cristian/Mark/Kieran threesome going on because I just ship them all… it’s so precious. Kieran really grew on me in this book. AND THE WEDDING. I truly did not think it would happen in this book but FINALLY. Malec is amazing and I adore them. I didn’t expect this much happiness, I truly thought there would be more deaths and pain because that’s the Cassie way, but I ain’t complaining. The Clace short story made me so happy, I adore them.
And the epilogue?? Um, what?? I have no idea where the story is going to go in The Wicked Powers and I NEED TO KNOW.
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In conclusion, this book was amazing and very much satisfying. I experienced many emotions and although I still have questions, I still loved it with my entire being.



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