Mini review: Queen of Air and Darkness

queen of air and darkness

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Published on: December 2018

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover

Language: English

My Rating : ★★★★☆


“Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in 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 disease 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.”

Things I liked:
  • All of the characters! They are all so well developed, and throughout the series we really watched them grow
  • How Cassie Clare tackles heavy, real-world problems such as racism, radicalism and intolerance
  • Also how she’s trying to be more diverse with her characters and how it’s brought up in the story
  • As always, great writing and fantastic world-building
  • How all the loose-ends were tied up nicely and set everything up for the upcoming series
  • I’m so excited to read more about Kit and Ty!
Things I didn’t like:
  • It’s such a long book! Don’t get me wrong, I love big books, but this felt too stretched out
  • So much information is dumped unto us that you barely have time to process it before something else is starting to go down
  • So overall, the biggest problem was definitely the pacing

qoaadThis book came out last year, and I intended to read it as soon as I could but kept procrastinating on it because I knew the beginning would be rough considering how the previous book left off. And I was right, there’s so much pain here. But also joy. I loved following these characters and to see their journeys ending was very satisfying. 

Cassie is one of my favorite authors ever, and I can see her writing becoming better and better with every book she releases. I didn’t have the best reading experience but that was because of real-life problems. I actually loved the book, even if it was a bit intimidating to start with.

Have you read any book of The Shadowhunter Chronicles? Which one is your favorite?

Until next time,


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