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Lord of Shadows
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Information
Author/s

Cassandra Clare

Narrator

James Marsters

Release Date May 23, 2017
Publisher

Simon & Schuster
(Margaret K.McElderry Books)

Cover

Julian Blackthorn

Series
The Dark Artifices
 1  2  3
Chronology
Preceded by
Lady Midnight
Followed by
Queen of Air and Darkness
Release order
Released after
Lady Midnight
Released before
Ghosts of the Shadow Market

Lord of Shadows is the second book of the The Dark Artifices trilogy.

Description

Sunny Los Angeles can be a dark place indeed.

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she'd be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters' demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it's too late.[1][2]

More synopses under the cut.

A Shadowhunter's life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn't just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina, and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and "unsuitable" Nephilim. They'll do anything in their power to expose Julian's secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

— hardbound jacket blurb[3]

Chapters

There are 29 chapters; the titles are derived from lines (in no particular order) in the poem "Dreamland" by Edgar Allan Poe.[4][5]

  1. Still Waters
  2. Boundless Floods
  3. Where Dwell The Ghouls
  4. A Wild Weird Clime
  5. Earth And Heaven
  6. There The Traveler
  7. Seas Without A Shore
  8. Near The River
  9. These Lands
  10. So Wills Its King
  11. On A Black Throne
  12. By The Mountains
  13. Dreamland
  14. Through Darkened Glass
  15. Friends Long Given
  1. Pass The Wanderer
  2. Haunted
  3. Memories Of The Past
  4. The Gray Woods
  5. Evermore
  6. The Eye Unclosed
  7. The Most Unholy
  8. Skies Of Fire
  9. Legion
  10. Start and Sigh
  11. Walk In Shadow
  12. Ill Angels Only
  13. The Sad Soul
  14. Ultima Thule

Characters

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Special content

  • First editions of the book from North America (and the trade paperback special editions of W.H. Smiths and Easons) have 30 new runes designed by Valerie Freire printed on the inside of the book jackets.
  • Certain special editions, including the one from Target, include a map of Alicante in the back.
  • The Barnes & Noble edition will feature a bonus story.[6]
  • A deleted scene with Emma and Jules on the Blackfriars Bridge talking about The Infernal Devices characters—specifically Jem, Tessa, and Will—and indirectly relating their relationships to their own was cut from the book but will be featured as an extra on the back of some editions, including the Barnes & Noble edition[7] and the Waterstones trade paperback special edition, which will also have sprayed color edges.
  • The edition from Costco will include art by Cassandra Jean—specifically Julian's portrait of Emma mentioned in Lady Midnight.
  • A limited "deluxe" edition hardback released by Waterstones matches the Lady Midnight one, which will also have the scene of Emma and Julian on Blackfriars Bridge and the map of Alicante, this time with the parabatai rune on the cover.[8]

Trivia

  • The cover features Julian Blackthorn underwater,[9] the London skyline, with the Tower Bridge prominent, in the backdrop, a map of constellations behind Julian, and a "Magnitudes of the Stars" scale from 1 to 5 by the bridge.
  • The first announced title of the book was Prince of Shadows.[10][11]
  • This book is told from several points of view, namely: Emma, Julian, Cristina, Mark, Kit, Ty, Dru, Livvy, Kieran, Diana, and Annabel.
  • As with Lady Midnight and its eponymous character, the title of this book is also in reference to a character: the Unseelie King who is called the Lord of Shadows.
  • The beginning of the book is set about two weeks after the events of Lady Midnight.
  • An easter egg in the book was the line "Fire wants to burn", etched onto a table in Zara's hideout. "Fire wants to burn" is from Cassandra Clare's Magisterium series.

References

Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter Chronicles
The Mortal Instruments
City of Bones City of Ashes City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels City of Lost Souls City of Heavenly Fire
The Infernal Devices The Dark Artifices
Clockwork Angel Lady Midnight
Clockwork Prince Lord of Shadows
Clockwork Princess Queen of Air and Darkness
The Last Hours The Eldest Curses
Chain of Gold The Red Scrolls of Magic
Chain of Iron The Lost Book of the White
Chain of Thorns The Black Volume of the Dead
The Bane Chronicles
What Really Happened in Peru Saving Raphael Santiago
The Runaway Queen The Fall of the Hotel Dumort
Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale What to Buy the Shadowhunter...
The Midnight Heir The Last Stand of the New York Institute
The Rise of the Hotel Dumort The Course of True Love (And First Dates)
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy Pale Kings and Princes
The Lost Herondale Bitter of Tongue
The Whitechapel Fiend The Fiery Trial
Nothing but Shadows Born to Endless Night
The Evil We Love Angels Twice Descending
Ghosts of the Shadow Market: An Anthology of Tales
Son of the Dawn The Wicked Ones
Cast Long Shadows The Land I Lost
Every Exquisite Thing Through Blood, Through Fire
Learn About Loss Ghosts of Old Loves
A Deeper Love Forever Fallen
Upcoming
The Wicked Powers
Companion books
The Shadowhunter's Codex
A History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of the Downworld
The Official Mortal Instruments Coloring Book
The Mortal Instruments graphic novel
Adaptations
City of Bones: The Graphic Novel
The Infernal Devices: Manga Series
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments