“There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion. Every human heart was chained by love.”
Genre: Fantasy* Paranormal* YA *Romance
“In a kingdom by the sea…
In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.
A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?”
I don’t think I can love Cassandra Clare any more than this. I adore every single book she’s written and this book is no exception.
First off, that cover is stunning. The different variations of blue and green make it such an eye-grabber. And I love how it ties in with the context of the story!
In all honesty though, this book was AMAZING. It’s one hunk of a book (668 pages) filled with action, romance, mystery, everything you could ever want in a book. I was super excited to be back in the shadowhunter world and in this series, we are in LA, five years after the ending of The Heavenly Fire. This book was definitely not like her other series; for one thing, the male MC wasn’t an arrogant, cocky guy like Jace or Will (who is forever my fav). Julian was a loving, compassionate, and determined character who literally did everything he could to keep his family together. It was refreshing to see variations of her characters.
The plot will have you jumping in your seat trying to figure out who the Guardian turns out to be. It was very intricate with lots of twists and turns and so many surprises at every turn. Clare developed the story gradually until you’re at the end screaming “don’t you dare do it” at no one in particular. I really liked how different parts connected very well. For example, Clare would hint at something specific, then show a flashback that relates to a specific character, then show the present and how that flashback was important to the storyline. There was no fluff; every part of the story had a purpose.
Because the story was very long, each character’s development was spot on.There was a past, present, and future for each character that showed how they were important to the whole series. I love how Emma and Julian matured compared to when we first met them in The Heavenly Fire. And we also got to know the younger Blackthorn kids better, whom I freaking adored! I also grew a soft spot for Mark; I loved how clueless he was about how the world worked because his reactions were hilarious. Ah, I was rooting for Christina to find peace amidst her haunting past. And Perfect Diego was, well perfect. AND I FANGIRLED SO HARD WHEN THE CAST OF TMI & TID MADE A CAMEO. Yes, we got to see Jace, Clary, Magnus, Tessa, and Jem!
Emma and Julian’s connection was one to behold. They’re parabatai so they already have a strong bond. But add on the romance and it’s a done deal. It was so tangible and so real; I could feel their love like it was a physical object. Gosh, it was so beautiful.
“It hurt me being away from you. It feels like there’s a hook dug in under my ribs, and there’s something pulling at the other end. Like I’m tethered to you, no matter the distance.” -Julian
I said this once but I’ll say it again, I love this book! You can’t really compare this book with her other series and that is what I really enjoy about Clare’s work. The only thing that bothered me was when Emma continued to make stupid decisions that got herself into some trouble, but I guess it was necessary for the book to turn out how it did. I especially hated Emma’s decision at the end and I can promise you will too. But you must read it to find out! I would 100% recommend.
What are your thoughts on this book? Are you interested in picking this story up? If you read it, how did you feel about it?
*Picture and summary from Goodreads.*