All My Thoughts on Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

[Goodreads] 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. 

I gave it 5 STARS!

*minor spoilers for Queen of Air and Darkness*

Queen of Air and Darkness starts exactly where Lord of Shadows ended. It’s an extremely emotional moment that we to see through the perspectives of all the characters. Julian in particular is plagued by such strong grief, anger, pain and a burning desire for revenge that he does something very stupid – he goes to Magnus and asks him to take his love for Emma away, which leads to him having no emotions at all. (Typical move, though, don’t you think?)

“Grief 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.”

What I really like about this book is how the author (always) expertly inserts current issues in this world of shadowhunters that we already know and love. Mark, Kieran and Christina’s polyamorous relationship for instance, or the bigotry that never really goes away. There’s also a transgender character in this series for the first time. (Well, since Lord of Shadows but I didn’t review that…)

I love how the author handled the all the relationships in this book. Julian and Emma had to deal and go through a lot of obstacles, Ty and Kit’s close friendship full of support and understanding that may or not lead to something more in the future – which also went through some difficult moments because of Livvy’s death.

“You may not yourself be luminous, but you are an extraordinary conductor of light.” 

I especially loved all that happened with Mark, Kieran and Christina. This is the first time I’ve seen a polyamorous relationship in a book and I loved it. Cassandra Clare makes the reader see that there is no jealously, only love, respect and understanding between these characters and that’s how relationships should be.

“This is the nature of having of a soul, Kieran, and a heart. We all stumble around in the dark and we cause each other pain and we try to make up for it the best we can. We are all confused.”

I was dreading the ending of the book because of Julian and Emma. I was worried because couldn’t see them doing anything horrible to break the bond/curse – but at the same time – I wasn’t all that worried because Cassandra Clare’s books always have happy endings. (Basically, this book made me feel a bunch of contradictory emotions at the same time).

“Shadowhunters are slow to love but once we love, we love forever.” 

The Cohort clearly embodies so many current issues. The bigotry and the (white/)shadowhunter supremacy and just blatant discrimination, hate, ignorance. (*By the way, that stunt that Julian pulled at the end to reveal these guys’ true colors to the world was just so clever, I love him).

I wasn’t very happy with the excursion to Thule. It’s been done in these books before and I don’t think anyone expected Julian and Emma to die there or be stuck there for a very long time. It turned out to be helpful for the characters at the time, but I’m not sure just how helpful or necessary it was to the story. Though, there was that scene with Ash, Jace and the Seelie Queen at the end that’s possibly foreshadowing a follow up series to the Mortal Instruments? (Either that, or it’s going to go down in the new Alec and Magnus trilogy).

The Battle was amazing. (Everyone loves a good battle scene.) I can’t even begin to describe it, it was just so intense and…. actualy angelic power, I just love this series.

I’m happy with the ending. It’s satisfying and leaves me wanting for more at the same time. Still, there are some really big consequences of the ending of QoAaD for the characters. I can’t wait to see how things are doing in Red Scrolls of Magic.

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