- Paperback: 912 pages
- Publisher: Simon and Schuster (4 December 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1471116700
- ISBN-13: 978-1471116704
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 5.3 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cassandra Clare is the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Lord of Shadows and Lady Midnight, as well as the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. She is the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, as well as The Shadowhunter's Codex, which she cowrote with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 50 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages, a feature film, and a TV show, Shadowhunters, currently airing on Freeform. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.
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The packaging is very good and amazon delivered in just 1day
Julian - didn't like the character at all.... I mean, I usually just fall in love with Cassandra's male protagonists but this time it was different
Emma - Emma was one of the few characters I liked in the beginning and this book made me stop liking her that much
Cristina/ Mark/ Kieran - I was hoping their story would end in a better way
The ending - the ending was the most disapointing...i mean i simply LOVED ty and kit together...they were meant to be together and Cassandra just ruined it
There was really no story.... and whatever story WAS there it wasn't justified.....didn't like the writing
Don't reccomend this book.... pointless romance
Coming back to the story itself, I’ve got to say, The Dark Artifices is tied with The Infernal Devices for my favourite Shadowhunter series! The plot lines are incredible, and so utterly different!
Nobody does better lighthearted/sweet moments but also gut-wrenching/heartbreaking together than Cassandra Clare! It’s got the perfect blend of despair and uplifting, to have you laughing out loud one minute and sobbing the next. But I can’t stop at that. Every single emotion is sure to engulf you in the process of reading, ranging from disgust (Zara could walk into a pit of quicksand and I’d throw a party) to love-struck (Hot Shadowhunter boys are everything ❤ ).
I did adore most of the book, but the ending was a tad convenient and didn’t live up to the rest of the series, but it was enjoyable none the less. I was kind of disappointed that the only repercussion of Emma and Jules turning into true Nephilim was the breaking of the Parabatai bond, which was exactly what they wanted? I would have also expected some of the main people to actually die since there is a WAR GOING ON. There were so many things that were unexplained and left loose, I assume it’s to be explained in TWP. But the coming together of the various threads didn’t happen as smoothly as it could have. All that said, nothing really bothered me that much during reading. They were relatively small problems.
When faced with QoAaD, you cannot help but be awed somewhat by it. This book had a nice element to it when the main “villain” was not an “evil tyrant” but a just the collective hate of people. I found it to be relevant in today’s world, as we see so much hate crime, which is as bad as any evil. It IS an evil. Also it was so realistic. The fact that everything was not the happiest it could ever be, and the book ending with Shadowhunters exiled from their own capitol by bigots.
TDA is a very character central story. I have to say, I loved the various personal struggles each character had in this book. There was growth and depth in almost all the characters, and that’s surprising because with such a vast cast, it’s incredible that Cassandra Clare managed it. Even more so because she made them all so unique and lovable in their own ways. There is so much diversity and representation, and I’m really happy that she’s being inclusive! I would do anything for these Shadowhunters.
Emma is my favourite! The sass and the sarcasm CANNOT be topped! I swear, her smart comments and flippancy towards the Clave was life changing 🙂 The next Jace Herondale is not living up to her title only by name, but her attitude too. I love her bravery and sensitivity and humor. WHATEVER HAPPENS, EMMA IS THE ETERNAL QUEEN.
Julian, oh darling Jules Blackthorn, totally unlike Cassie’s regular Male Protagonists, but just as brilliant. I really can’t understand why people don’t seem to like Julian? Julian and his heartbreaking devotion to his family. Julian with his schemes and cleverness and lies. Julian who would do anything and everything if it meant safely for the ones he loves. Julian who gave up everything to make things right. Jules who can be cold and calculating but also the most sensitive. I FREAKING LOVE JULES. I will fight you on this. I have to mention how much he struggles through this book… and how painful it is to watch him give up his emotions.
Ty and Kit and Dru are so CUTE and I can’t wait to read about them! TWP is going to be so good!!! No doubt the repercussions of Ty’s Necromancy are going to follow them into TWP, and it’s going to be interesting to see Kit after he’s grown up with Jem and Tessa (which is adorable, cause look at that perfect family! Dru is also a personal favourite of mine. The scene where Keiran and Dru talk about philoshophical stuff and then promtly go back to watching a horror film is PRICELESS.
Keiran was a total cinnamon roll ❤ I’m so happy to say that at least did have a story and some sensibility left intact! With his colour changing hair and dark brooding exterior that hid his soft-as-butter interior, what’s not to love about him? I admired the fact that he is doing his duty and staying as King of Unseelie to help his land, instead of traipsing about the countryside with Mark and Cristina.
Cristina is a lovely girl… but sort of bland. I was unfortunately not so fond of her, because nothing really happened with her? I really wanted to like her, I did. But her whole storyline just seems to be her various problems with her various crushes. And I never really seemed to feel the connection between Cristina and either Mark or Keiran. Her love seems to stem from the fact that she was low key obsessed with the fair folk from when she was young, and these are literally the only specimens of the farie race that she encounters.
Mark was one of my favourites in the first two books of the series, so I was really disappointed when he failed to stay very likeable in this book… I felt rather meh about him after QoAaD. What made him so amusing was his disconnect from the Shadowhunters, and this world in general. But he was almost normal by now, and retained none of his numerous qualities that made him so adorable. His storyline too was just the Mark/Keiran/Cristina business, which was a letdown.
These were just the main ones, and even if I haven’t mentioned the others, it’s only because I will be repeating myself excessively saying how amazing they all are!
I can’t express my love for the shadow world enough. After 15 books and all the released Ghosts of the shadow Market stories, I’m still not tired of this world or the characters in it. And I’ll find it difficult to say goodbye when the time comes. Ave Atque Vale.
The resolution of the main problem is unclear- even in fantasy, cause and effect have to make sense.
The parabatai problem is solved- but it is unclear how.
The old beloved characters are present, but it is not quite clear what they are doing here- Alex and Magnus, Jace and Clary. And the other supporting cast from previous books ( vampires, werewolves and so on) seem to be dragged in.
The problem of the blight is solved by sprinkling water from lake lyn - now that is a collective endeavour I would have enjoyed. Instead, it gets done backstage.
And Clare's 'inclusive' policies seem forced in this book; why are we spending so many pages reading about whether a menage e trois will be accepted in the world? Sure, everyone has the right to love the way they wish, but not at the cost of slowing down a story!!
The party of celebration goes on and on- couldn't it be edited into a pithy version, where the readers are happy , not bored?
it is also unclear why Kit and Ty's failed necromancy deserved so many words.
Ash has been brought in only to pave the way for the next trilogy.
I could go on, but I'm sure the readers get the idea.