Rated 4 stars **** 2018. The dark artifices, Book #3. Margaret K. Elderry Books. N.Y. 880 p.
When last we saw her Annabel Blackthorn had killed Julian’s little sister Livvy, as well as the Inquisitor, and was whisked away to the Unseelie Court by the King. Drawing on the Shadowhunter’s fear of faeries, and these untimely deaths, Zara Deaborn and her newly elected Inquisitor father have taken over the Clave with little resistance. Laws to register Downworlders have been passed, with more ways to separate Downworlders and Shadowhunters planned.
Ty refuses to believe Livvy is gone and is determined to raise her from the dead. Kit, drawn strongly to him, agrees to help. Meanwhile, afraid of the Parabatai curse, Julian asked Malcolm to take away his feelings – believing this would keep him away from Emma. His inability to react to her, or to anything else, leaves her in despair.
Determined to rid himself of Julian and Emma, the Inquisitor sends them on an illegal mission to Faerie to find the Black Volume, where he intends to have them killed. Meanwhile Cristina finds herself in love with both Kieran as well as Mark, while the two of them realize they also love her.
With the Clave in total disarray, warlocks rapidly sickening from a mysterious illness, and the Unseelie Court playing a large role in the Dearborns’ plans, our favorite Shadowhunters will have their work cut out for them to restore things back to normalcy.
Recommended for ages 14 and older, despite the multiple sex scenes, and constant addition of new characters and new “happenings.”
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This 880-page tome that, by the way is WAY too full of sex scenes, should have been enough to end the suspense over the Shadowhunter world of the Dark Artifices, and should have tied everything into a relatively nice knot of happiness. But, alas, Cassandra left enough loose ends dangling so there will be ANOTHER series featuring characters such as Kit, Ash and the newly arrived Jace Herondale #2.
Sometimes, because there are just too many books to read in endless series, I just want to quit the Shadowhunter world cold turkey like I did after watching 3 yrs. of a long running television soap opera that never seemed to end. Unfortunately, or fortunately for her, Clare has a way of drawing in readers to make us want no, NEED, to find out what happens to our beloved friends.
Will Kit have to return to Faerie? Will Ash meet Dru? Will Jace #2 get his hands on Clary? Will Clary marry the real Jace? Stay tuned to whatever will be the next title in the new Shadowhunter series about them. Remember, you heard it here first!