Queen of Air and Darkness Review

Paperback, 912 Pages
YA/ Paranormal/ Fantasy
By: Cassandra Clare
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 3/4

β€œGrief can be so bad you can’t breathe, but that’s what it means to be human. We lose, we suffer, but we have to keep breathing.”

City of Bones β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2
City of Ashes β˜…β˜… 1/2
City of Glass β˜…β˜…β˜… 3/4
Clockwork Angel β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2
Clockwork Prince β˜…β˜…β˜… 3/4
Clockwork Princess β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2
City of Fallen Angels β˜…β˜…
City of Lost Souls β˜…β˜… 1/2
City of Heavenly Fire β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/4
The Shadowhunters Codex β˜…β˜…β˜…
Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2
Lady Midnight β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Lord of Shadows β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Queen of Air and Darkness β˜…β˜…β˜… 3/4

This is the forth trilogy I read in the Shadowhunters world and I am a bit underwhelmed because up to this point the finales of each trilogy were my favorite books but with this series it is the opposite where Lady Midnight was my favorite in the series and Queen of Air and Darkness was my least favorite. However, I don’t think it is a bad book at all and I really enjoyed it.

This may be the hugest YA book I have ever read at 912 pages. I have read longer adult fantasy books but most of the YA books are way shorter. I think the length of the book worked against it in this case and cutting a couple hundred pages would have been better.

Cassie’s writing is still great and is always improving and I almost say that in all my reviews of her books because it is true. However, there were a few creative pathways she took that did not agree with. Simply put, in her previous books it looked like everything was planned from book one in the first trilogy but with this series, there were sudden twists that I couldn’t just buy. I could have never guessed the story line in this one because it felt abrupt!

What I do like bout this series the most are the characters, I do have strong feelings toward them whether those are love (most of the characters) or hate (Ahem *Zara* Ahem). I think the majority of the characters got enough time to develop in this book -except maybe for Tavvy- and that is just awesome. I am not going to give further details because I do have the same feelings when it comes to the Shadowhunters books as Melanie do and she is a much better reviewer than I am so I am leaving a link to her review here. When it comes to characters, there is something that I have mixed feelings about which is the representation, I love that Cassie tries to include all kind of characters but it reaches a point when I feel she has a checklist of all sexualities and she’s trying to include them here!

β€œAs we all have an infinite capacity to make mistakes, we all have an infinite capacity for forgiveness.”

Cassie certainly has great world-building too and with each book, her world expands. I was always confused of how readers can read so many books in the same world without getting bored but that was an opinion of someone who is an outsider to the world. The more books I read in this world, the more appreciation it gets and I am really excited about the next 3 trilogies! I hope Cassie has better planning in those as she did in the previous books and I have a feeling we’re still haven’t seen the best of her books yet!

Summary: I did enjoy this book but had higher expectations from my previous experience with finales. I think the length did not help and the story line was a bit weird and convenient. I love the prose, the characters and the world which makes me excited even more for her next books! I am taking a break from the world at the time being until her current series in work are closer to finish so that I can binge them.

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