Vampires, warlocks, werewolves, fairies and magic – these are all typical of a fantasy novel. However, author Cassandra Clare uses them in a way nobody has before. Her stories take you on a magical journey within a secret world; a journey you are bound to follow all the way through.
Clare’s fantasy franchise titled, The Shadowhunter Chronicles include the latest trilogy, The Dark Artifices.
On May 23rd 2017 Cassandra Clare will publish the second book in this trilogy, Lord of Shadows. The first book, Lady Midnight was released last year. It was set five years after a supernatural, dark war that threatened the world’s existence.
The protagonist, Emma Carstairs, a ‘shadowhunter’, was first introduced to us as a little girl, mourning the loss of her parents, but she has since grown into a fierce young woman, desperate to find out what killed them.
Clare describes Shadowhunters as “an elite band of warriors that must protect the human world from the unseen paranormal threat that seeks to destroy humans as they go about their daily lives.”
A good friend of mine first introduced me to the Shadowhunter world. She was fascinated by a realm so similar, yet so different from our own. I was immediately sucked in alongside her. I have fallen in love with its intricate, delicate detail and feel I am there too.
As a Shadowhunter, Emma is half-angel warrior, half-human, sworn to protect the world from demons. At the end of Lady Midnight she finally solves the mystery of her parents death and believes she will be at peace. However, in Lord of the Shadows she will face a new enemy, while struggling with her forbidden feelings for her ‘parabatai’ (partner in battle), Julian Blackthorn.
Parabatai share a very strong bond. For some unknown reason, Shadowhunter law forbids them to fall in love, much to the despair of Emma and Julian.
After reading Lady Midnight, I, like many other Shadowhunter fans, could not wait for the next part of the story. Luckily for us, Clare has been regularly posting sneak peaks of the upcoming story.
“Not one of my best,” said Magnus, to Kieran. “I apologise – I’m not a big fan of your father’s.”
“My father does not have fans.” Kieran leaned against the edge of the table. “He has subjects. And enemies.”
“His sons are his enemies,” said Kieran, without inflection.
This snippet introduces a well-known and loved character – warlock, Magnus Bane – as well as a fairly new and unexplored character Kieran from Lady Midnight. It also talks of a completely new character Kieran’s father, the King, who is tired of the cold peace, and has decided he will no longer follow the Shadowhunter’s demands. Clare revealed that the novel is titled Lord of Shadows, referencing the King, who will surely play a big role in the novel.
Claire also reveals that the characters visit the Shadowhunter Institute in London. I’m very excited by this because I love how much effort Clare puts into describing exact locations. She has done this very well in her previous novels, set in 19th century London. She went to great lengths to find the exact street names, buildings and landmarks in the Victorian era.
From all I have seen and heard about Lord of Shadows so far, I’m expecting another gripping tale full of twists and turns. Perhaps it will be the best of the Shadowhunter novels so far. With only one week left until release, I’m praying I won’t be disappointed.