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Series Review: The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare



I can’t believe it’s been three years since I first picked up Lady Midnight, my first time following along with each new publication of a Cassandra Clare book and being swept along with all the hype of an upcoming book and all the theories and everything. It was a lot of fun.

I have a decent amount of feelings towards this series so here goes my lil spoiler free ramble

black-and-white-flowers-tumblr-transparent-12Like I said, this was my first time having to wait for the new book each year and I feel like that added a whole lot of enjoyment to my reading experience. I felt more part of the fandom, and with them being newer it was easier to not get spoilt. Although I was spoilt, on many occasions.

The Dark Artifices is by far the most heart-breaking of the Shadowhunter series.

It’s heart-breaking in the way of consequences. Of course this series is set in 2012, 5 years after the events of The Mortal Instruments and it shows the devastating consequences to how that series ended. Both with big things like the relations between Faeries and Shadowhunters and also the small things like the effects it has on the entire Blackthorn family.

This series started off following Emma (who I LOVE) investigating strange murders and then in a blink of an eye, just one book later, there was so much going on! Everything got so much more intense! Cassandra Clare did not play around.

This third series concentrated a lot more on faeries and I loved that! There are a lot of faerie books with high politics of the courts and although when I see them I love the covers, I’m always really intimidated. But I think after loving this series so much I’m more open to trying other fey centred books.

Among the many things I love about this series, my most favourite aspects were the relationships; familial relationships, friendships, romantic ships!

The Blackthorns are all great and I love all of them! I would happily die for Mark Blackthorn.

The side ships were all fantastic, obviously no spoilers but this book has such good side ships!

I probably should have liked the main couple more then I did. Separately they were great but I don’t know what went on but I wasnt as invested in them. I did like the other things that were revealed about their relationship though.

I loved seeing previous characters from previous books. Just seeing how all of them have grown and how their lives have gone.

I know people have complained about her “milking” it, but I’m liking it. With each new book her writing somehow get’s better and more beautiful and she brings more to the world each time. I think if it’s working for her and people are still buying her books and enjoying them, which for the most part people are, why not continue on?

And finally, the greatest thing about this series is representation! It makes me so happy to see so many identities together. For example:

Demisexual character, bisexual characters, transgender character, autistic character, gay characters, people of colour, plus sized character, interracial couples, etc. 

I’m really sad we have to wait three years for Wicked Powers which follows on three years from where Queen of Air and Darkness ends. But in the mean time there’s The Last Hours trilogy AND The Red Scrolls Malec series plus a bunch of short stories to occupy my time!

So much content and I’m sure, much more heartbreak!

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