So, I finished this (whole) trilogy in December and I’ve been wanting to do a review! I’m a big Cassie Clare fan so I thought doing a review great!
3.5 – The series as a whole
This isn’t my favorite series/trilogy from Cassandra Clare. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m older now or because the original The Mortal Instrument trilogy will always have a special place in my heart; I’m not exactly sure.
I love Cassandra’s writing. She has this writing style that makes you want to keep reading and makes you on the edge of your seat. I think my favorite part of this whole trilogy (besides the beautiful covers!) was the mystery aspect; you didn’t get that from her other books. I thought it was interesting that she wrote the trilogy surrounding Edgar Allen Poe’s poem ‘Annabelle Lee’ because that’s one of my favorites and I grew up learning about it.
Sadly enough, I didn’t absolutely love any of the characters. I really did enjoy Livvy’s character and I loved the fact that Cassie gave Ty autism because my younger brother has it as well so I thought it was neat that she added that representation. I loved Ty’s and Kit’s friendship as well as Christina’s and Emma’s. I disliked Zara, her father, and all those side characters with a passion.
One of my other favorite part of this trilogy was seeing the other characters from the previous books. One of my least favorite characters used to be Alec but I actually liked seeing how his character grew. He was mature and well respected. I’m still not the biggest fan of Magnus.
I do plan on giving spoils at this point so if you haven’t any of the books or the didn’t finish the series, I’d stop reading now.
Lady Midnight was pretty good and a very excellent first book and while everyone seemed to enjoy Lord of Shadows less, I actually enjoyed it the most out of the whole trilogy.
Honestly, one of the things that kept me reading was the mystery aspect because I wasn’t the biggest fan of any of the characters. I did enjoy Livvy and when she died at the end of Lord of Shadows, it hurt. I hated the fact that it was Malcom who was behind the whole thing in Lady Midnight but I hated it because it made sense and I thought it was a big shocker. I did enjoy Emma’s character later as the story progressed but more so her witty comments.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of Julian at all and I didn’t care or like his and Emma’s relationship. The fact he even asked Magnus to take away his feelings – and the fact that Magnus agreed to it – pissed me off because it started acting like a poop head to everyone he claimed to love and I wasn’t having it.
I mentioned before that I liked seeing all the other characters and that’s true. I absolutely loved seeing Jace, even though I was a Simon girl. Jace, even though he was still his cocky, witty self, grew up into such a mature man and I loved it. I enjoyed seeing Jem and Tessa again and fact that Tessa was pregnant made me so happy.
I liked really liked Christina’s and Emma’s friendship but Christina herself was just meh for me. Mark was okay and I started to like Kieran a little bit more as this story progressed. Their relationship though? That was a big no no for me. I’m not into polyamory relationships. It was just weird to me.
I thought ‘Queen of Air and Darkness’ was an okay conclusion to the trilogy, thought it did leave it open for the following series. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the beginning (mainly because of the whole Julian acting like a dick) or even the ending per say. My favorite part of that whole book – to be honest, the whole trilogy – was the middle it, when Emma and Julian were in the other dimension. I thought it was interesting to see that ‘what if’ scenario (what if City of Heavenly Fire didn’t end the way it did). I actually wanted more of those scenes but it didn’t happen.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of what happened to Julian and Emma turning into Nephilim. I thought it was really stupid and on top of it, I thought it was even more stupid how they turned back. I thought it was really cheesy and that it wouldn’t have happened.
Overall, I give the trilogy a 3.5 stars! I enjoyed the writing and plot and the fact that it was centered the poem but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the way Cassie ended things with Emma and Julian or majority of the characters so there was that.
I’d still recommend the series, not just the whole the Dark Artifices but the whole Shadowhunter Chronicles in general!
Until next time!