Book Reviews, YA fantasy

Queen of Air and Darkness *spoilery* – Part 1

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I have a lot to say about this book. I did a spoiler-free review here, where I initially rated it 2.5 stars. I have now brought it back down to 2 stars.

There are so many points I want to make, and so this will be split up into two posts, perhaps more if necessary, to cover them all so it’s not way too long.

You can read my spoiler-free reviews for Lady Midnight and Lord of Shadows, as well as the spoilery reviews.

I’m going to attempt to make this as organised as possible because my thoughts are all over the place and I don’t want this to be confusing. This is what I’m going to be talking about in this review:

  • Clary and Jace
  • The Mortal Instruments characters
  • I was going to add more but then this got too long

First of all, what kept me reading from Lord of Shadows was because I wanted to know what would happen to Clary. Listen, at the beginning of Lord of Shadows, Cassandra Clare tosses Clary in, a much-loved character from a much-loved series, talking about herself DYING and then doesn’t even refer to it for the rest of the book. Nice.

That builds up for a good climax, right? Wouldn’t we all expect that, even if we were to excuse once again another attempt from Clare’s side to shove the TMI characters in to keep people reading? Well, unfortunately, Clare was unable to pull this off, which resulted in the most hugest anti-climax ever.

It is such a STRETCH. Maybe the “portal was trying to warn me” with those bad dreams. I’m sorry? That makes approximately 0.0 sense, because that wasn’t even that Clary! It was a different Clary in a different dimension! So far, in the books, the characters from different dimensions have never interfered with each other unless they physically portal their way through. So why would it happen now?

Just so Cassandra Clare can keep her readers into reading her other extremely boring and badly-written remaining chapters, not to forget that the last book is 900 freaking pages long. It was definitely the biggest disappointment ever, and I’m disappointed in myself for not seeing this coming.

Furthermore, we don’t even get a wedding. Clary decides to postpone even telling Jace the reason as to why she said no, which I don’t even get as to why she decides to even not tell him because there’s literally nothing I can think of that’s wrong with that. Also, why would she keep him wondering about why she rejected him? Wouldn’t that give anyone else anxiety and at least a bit of unhappiness? Why has she not yet told him? They didn’t have to get married straight away but she could have at least said it to calm him! I find this very careless, but also predictable on Clare’s behalf to leave this for the next trilogy to attract more readers.

Also, did no one else find that Jace and Clary’s characters were dumb-downed in this trilogy? Maybe this is just what I remember from TMI, perhaps I remember them to be more mature than they actually were, and actually acting their age, because in this book they’re certainly not, and I find it quite surprising and of course, very disappointing and somewhat ruining to their characters.

They are basically portrayed like thirteen year olds. Picture this, although I’m sure if you’re reading this review you’ve already read it: all these vampires, werewolves, shadow hunters are turning up on their doorstep to have a serious meeting, Jace and Clary themselves have no idea whats going on, and then Clary’s like “WAIT!!! BUT I HAVE A UNICORN TOP ON!!” and Jace stops talking to Julian about this rather urgent situation and says “WAIT!!! BUT UNICORNS AREN’T REAL!!!” and I’m supposed to believe that these are twenty-one year olds, not tweens, talking here?

Also how randomly they just started kissing and it was literally so random everyone else was talking about going on watch and they were “kissing and making cutesy noises at each other”… um. is that not a tiny bit cringe, anyone? BECAUSE I DIED OF CRINGE, OKAY.

As well as that, did nobody else feel that Jace and Clary’s roles were far too important for them in this book as they’ve already had a million books written about them in TMI, not to mention the many other short stories and all that Clare has come out with since them. Jace and Clary shouldn’t be main characters, and yet I feel like they were, and I enjoyed their bits far more than Emma and Julian’s.

The question is, IS THIS NECESSARY?!! It’s not like there aren’t any other shadow hunters, there are supposed to be ones all around the world, why can’t a new cast pop up instead of continually going back to the old ones? Dont get me wrong, I love the old ones, but if you want to keep writing about the old ones, why not make another trilogy solely focusing on them instead of making a trilogy that’s not on them, but using them as a cover-up for the bad plot?

Bottom line: I feel like Clare had to return to TMI to make this “good”.

Let’s be real here, I feel like at least a fair portion of all these praising reviews are not because of Emma and Julian, but because of Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, Alec and Magnus. As much as I enjoyed the Thule part, I also can totally say it is just another way for Clare to dump these characters in YET AGAIN, yes it made it more interesting but I feel like Clare used them as a cover-up for the rest of the badly-written, anti-climax of a plot, as I’ve mentioned before, which I get into more in part 2.

Let me know your thoughts on all my billions of thoughts, and how you found the book! Speak soon 🙂

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