Queen of Air and Darkness – Cassandra Clare

Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices, Book Three) – Cassandra Clare, Margaret K. McElderry Books, (9781442468436), 2018

Format:  Hardcover

Genre:  Fantasy

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book?  The Dark Artifices trilogy comes to a thrilling conclusion as the Cohort takes over the governance of the Shadowhunters after the deaths of Robert Lightwood and Livia Blackthorn in Book 2.  The multitude of characters find themselves dealing with danger and must come together to stop the evil Horace Dearborn who aims to destroy all Downworlders and seal off the land of Faeirie.  Julian and Emma, still struggling with their forbidden love as parabatai, are sent on a suicide mission to Faerie. Ty is coping with the loss of his twin and determined to find a way to raise her from the dead as Kit tries to reason against it.  Christina finds herself in a love triangle with Kiernan and Mark, while Helen tries to fit back into the Blackthorn family after her years of exile. Meanwhile blight is spreading across the land and warlocks, including Magnus Bane, are being slowly poisoned to death.  After a trip through a portal leads Julian and Emma into an alternate world were Sebastian triumphed and demons run wild, it all ends in an epic battle. With lots of magic, action and romance, fans of the series will love it.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?   Fans of the other titles in The Shadowhunters series, and especially The Dark Artifices series, will enjoy this one. For readers who enjoy fantasy, adventure and romance.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and high school libraries

Where would you shelve it? YA fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes if you are into The Shadowhunters series.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 2/3/19           


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