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Lord of Shadows

Narrated by: James Marsters
Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
5 out of 5 stars (3,149 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Sunny Los Angeles can be a dark place indeed in Cassandra Clare's Lord of Shadows, the sequel to the New York Times and USA Today best-selling Lady Midnight. Lord of Shadows is a Shadowhunters novel.

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she'd be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai, Julian, and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters' demands. Caught between the demands of Faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear - before it's too late.

©2017 Cassandra Clare (P)2017 Simon & Schuster

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  • Lanie
  • Southern California
  • 06-08-17

James Marsters is Amazing

What made the experience of listening to Lord of Shadows the most enjoyable?

Equal parts the narrator and the story. This may be my favorite book of all of the Shadowhunters books.

What did you like best about this story?

I feel like I really got to know the characters at the L.A. Institute. New information about the Parabatai bond was also very interesting (and scary).

Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I'm a big fan of the Harry Dresden series and was worried that I would keep hearing Harry when I listened to this book. Not so. James Marsters is incredibly talented and he brought every one of these characters to life. I knew who was speaking at all times. Probably my favorite Audible performer.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last chapter. Wow! I hope there's a way that some of what happened can be undone.I actually cried

Any additional comments?

Buy this audio book. You won't regret it.

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  • Jamie
  • BIRMINGHAM, AL, United States
  • 06-19-17

Blows the other stories away

The story of Emma and Julian and their families make Clary and Jace seem like tween stories. This story is heartbreaking and phenomenal.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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beautifully performed

James Marsters is sublime. He gave each character an unique voice and I am at a loss to say any more! Bravo!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Where is the supernatural drama we love?

My 3 star review is only due to the fact that Cassandra Claire's story this time around felt unnatural and calculating for her writing. When an author tries to cram a story with relationships that are trending. It seemed unnatural to force into one book a love triangle, several gay couples and a transsexual. These books are valued to the teen reader as one of vampires, werewolves and Shadow Hunters not the struggles of gay/straight/transgender. We read your books for escapism not because you can write about real world issues.

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So so

I love Casandra Clare's books and have ready all of them. Unfortunately while the general story of this book was great I'd have to say that she went way overboard with the teen love. There's so much of it I found myself wanting to skip sections of the chapter just to get on with the story. It's almost as if her book was too short so she added a bunch of repetitive teen drama and silly mushy unnecessary romance scenes to fill it up. Usually her books are well balanced when it comes to drama, romance and action but defiantly not in this book.

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The weakest Shadowhunter novel thus far

The narrator was the only thing that pushed me to finish this book. While I've enjoyed most of the Shadowhunter books, this one felt like a chore. The plot felt repetitive and boring and I'm finding myself losing interest in the characters. There aren't any real shocking moments until the very end. The worst part is the whiny monologue which pops up constantly throughout the story. And it's frustrating that there's one simple thing that the main character could do to resolve her main issue, yet she doesn't do this simple thing and no explanation is ever offered for why she can't seem to bring herself to do this. Sorry to be vague, trying to keep this spoiler free for anyone who wants to waste their time on this book.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Another masterpiece - You won't be disappointed!

Clare's Shadowhunters world is exquisite. The author isn't afraid to take risks with her characters and it's refreshing to have real world problems in a fantasy novel. The narration made the story come alive. Without giving spoilers the cliffhanger left me jaw-dropped and crying but hungry for more. I can't wait for the next in the series!

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Where is the Action?

What would have made Lord of Shadows better?

The Shadow Hunters series, has for a long time had a great balance of plot development, character development, great story and Action. Lord of Shadows could of be much better had their been more action scenes. Very slow and disappointing.

What was most disappointing about Cassandra Clare’s story?

Action, Action, where was the action? the drama, action, carried into the Clockwork series, etc.. However, this book bored me and I am a big fan all the books. Lord of Shadows was very disappointing and I fast forwarded through some of it.

Would you listen to another book narrated by James Marsters?

Maybe

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Very Disappointed.

Any additional comments?

Please add drama and action. With so many interesting characters and possibilities. This series should be a very powerful, dramatic and action packed book that moves. It should make you want to read it again. This one didn't. Sorry

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love the series, this book killed it.

Best reader ever. book is wildly political and Dark. the wild politics and beloved characters suddenly becoming incompetent and dumb. terrible

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Keeps you wanting more, every single time...

This book was another great adventure in the Cassandra Clare series. I am a HUGE fan of all the mortal Instruments books and I cant help but be ensnared into another great series thats a continuation of the last 2 sets shes has written. This book keeps you wanting to continue listening/reading even though it might not be possible. I cant wait for the next one to cone out already!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful