|Queen of Air and Darkness|
|Release Date||December 4, 2018|
| Preceded by|
Lord of Shadows
| Followed by|
The Wicked Powers
| Released after|
Lord of Shadows
| Released before|
The Red Scrolls of Magic (TEC)
Queen of Air and Darkness is the third and final book of the The Dark Artifices trilogy.
What if damnation is the price of true love?
Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the "blight" that is destroying the race of warlocks. Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined. Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.
Part One: Feel No Sorrow
Part Two: Thule
Part Three: Lady Vengeance
- Limited first edition: The first printing edition of the book (English, North American edition) will be the only exclusive, special edition printed. It will contain ten black and white illustrations and a full color poster printed on the back of the book jacket by Alice Duke. The first printing will also include a short story (A Love That Never Tires) that functions as a sequel to A Long Conversation.
- The book picks up right where Lord of Shadows left off. The events of the book will span about a week.* The epilogue takes place about two weeks after the end of the last chapter.
- The time jump was originally set to be about a week.
- The title is a reference to the poem Her Strong Enchantments Failing by A.E. Houseman. It can also refer to Mab, Queen of the Faeries in Romeo and Juliet, amongst other folklore.
- As with Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows and its eponymous characters, there will also be a character called "Queen of Air and Darkness", who has already been introduced. The Queen of Air and Darkness is a villain.
- The cover features Annabel Blackthorn. Annabel, a villain, was chosen to be on the cover to fit the book's title and content.
- Like the previous Dark Artifices installments, the character is underwater. Annabel is wearing a red dress, which in Shadowhunter tradition is "to call enchantment down." Annabel having no runes on the cover was intentional and is important in the book. The backdrop features a distorted image of ruined skyscrapers, and a ruined highway.
- Mark Blackthorn is set to be on the spine of the book, marking the first instance the cover and spine characters will differ.
- This book is told from several points of view, including: Helen Blackthorn, Clary Fairchild, Diana Wrayburn, and the Seelie Queen.
- The book was initially slated for release in 2019, after Chain of Gold, but in September 2017, it was announced that the release order of the two novels was switched, partly because of writer's block on Chain of Gold but also because the publishers "wanted to keep the momentum from Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows going."
- ↑ Queen of Air and Darkness on Amazon.com
- ↑ "All the titles are taken from Poe's City in the Sea." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
- ↑ "All are taken from Edgar Allan Poe's poem The City in the Sea." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
- ↑ Cassandra Clare January 2018 newsletter
- ↑ q&a: various, TDA — Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
- ↑ "... QoAaD happens in a short period of time — like a week —" Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
- ↑ "About two weeks after the last chapter ends." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
- ↑ "About a week." Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
- ↑ "The Queen of Air and Darkness" — Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
- ↑ "And yes, the Queen of Air and Darkness can refer to Mab," Cassandra Clare on Tumblr
- ↑ https://www.pinterest.com/pin/16888567330928724/
- ↑ http://cassandraclare.tumblr.com/post/161205738889/have-we-already-met-the-queen-of-air-and-darkness
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 https://twitter.com/cassieclare/status/930129846809841664
- ↑ https://twitter.com/cassieclare/status/930125432237772800
- ↑ "They're all underwater, like sunken cities." Cassandra Clare on Twitter
- ↑ http://cassandraclare.tumblr.com/post/161133326274/hi-cassie-have-you-already-decided-whos-gonna-be
- ↑ http://cassandraclare.tumblr.com/post/158366178629/books-books-books
- ↑ Cassandra Clare Newsletter from September 2017