Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare // Spoiler-Free Review

Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare
Published: December 4, 2018
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Page Count: 912
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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.

Queen of Air and Darkness was my most anticipated book of 2018. I thought about this book for a year and half and I can’t believe that it’s over. I can’t believe that I’ll never read another book with these characters as the main. That just makes me sad. I read this book in a day and I loved every moment of that experience. I laughed. I cried. I screamed. There are a few spoiler-y things I wish Cassandra Clare handled differently and there were far too many side plots, but overall I was pretty satisfied with the way this series ended.

Queen picks up exactly where Lord of Shadows left off – chaos. The characters are dealing with the aftermath of what happened in the council meeting and new threats to their world. Queen of Air and Darkness is massive and I was nervous about the length of this book, but to my surprise Clare did a great job with the pacing. However, I think there were too many POVs. I wasn’t a fan of Manuel’s or the Cohort’s POV and don’t think the TMI characters needed a POV. Manuel’s POV felt shallow and underdeveloped.

I love The Dark Artifices characters so much. This book (and series) has sooo many characters, but I liked their arcs. In Queen, we got the usually pairings (Emma and Jules, Mark and Cristina, Ty and Kit, etc.) but we also got some new pairings and interactions. I loved the usually pairings and the new ones. I adored Julian and Emma’s romance. I loved Kit’s development and his friendship with Ty. I also liked the way she expanded Drusilla and Tavvy’s role in this book. Prior to Queen, they hadn’t contributed much to the plot so they were useful in QOAAD. 

The Dark Artifices is my first Cassandra Clare series. I was impressed with the romance and the battle scenes in this book. The romance/smut scenes weren’t cringe-y to read and the action scenes were fun. I wish she had resolved the major plot differently and I’m low-key salty something I wanted to happen didn’t, but I’d still protect The Dark Artifices characters at all costs. I’m definitely going to have to check out The Wicked Powers whenever that new series comes out because of Ty and Kit.

If you’re in the mood for… a fantasy series about forbidden love and family you’ll enjoy this. You’ll also enjoy this if you’ve already read the first two books in The Dark Artifices series.


Have you read Queen of Air and Darkness? Or any of the other books in The Dark Artifices? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!


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