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 call 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.
This review contains spoilers.
I hated this book and thought it was completely stupid. I’ve never read such a ridiculous book and I am extremely disappointed at the amount of love triangles this book had. I absolutely adore Cassandra and every book she has written but this one I can’t get behind, it was so awful.
The first 200 pages were so boring but I kept thinking it’s OK for the start of the book to be slow… it will pick up. It’s fine. But it wasn’t fine. It just got so much worse! I honestly felt like nothing happened in this book. It was so damn boring. 700 pages of… what? I can’t think of one single exciting thing that happened (minus the ending – will get to that later). Apparently Cassandra had a big fascination with making every character kiss each other. We had this love triangle (but not really) between Emma, Mark and Julian and it was so annoying. Every single page Emma and Julian were constantly thinking about one another and how much they wanted to touch and kiss. It was so annoying and made me so angry. I GET IT – you love one another just please shut up and talk about something else. ANYTHING ELSE.
When I read that parabati can’t fall in love because they go mad, I thought it would be really exciting but Cassandra made it the most boring thing ever. She barely touched upon the consequences and focused more on how hard it was for Emma and Julian to keep their hands off each other. If I wanted to read a romance book I would have read a romance book. I wanted to read a fantasy book. I don’t get how the first book was so amazing and then we were left with… this.
Then we had this weird love triangle thing between Mark, Cristina and Kieran. Mark kissed Cristina and he kissed Kieran which was so weird but they were all fine with it?! WHAT!? That’s so weird!!!! Kieran is basically used by everyone and that made me so angry because I love Kieran. He was my favourite character in the first book and if he wasn’t in this book I’d have probably lost it. I hope he has a happy ending and ditches Mark because he deserves better. Mark is so hopeless I’m surprised he can get dressed in the morning.
Then we had Kit, Livvy and Ty – what the hell was going on between them? Are Kit and Ty going to date or become parabati? It was so weird and confusing. I realise I’m using the word weird a lot but I don’t know how else to describe it? Perhaps insane? I really wished Kit didn’t have a POV in this book because he was so irritating. Every chapter he was constantly saying he needed to escape and he didn’t want to be a shadowhunter. If he left I wouldn’t have cared and would have been glad. He is so dull and boring, he has yet to prove himself to be an interesting character in my opinion.
Even the parts where Mark, Emma, Julian and Cristina visited Faerie were boring. I wasn’t impressed with The Unseelie King. I think at this point I was just so fed up with the story I didn’t really care about the characters anymore or the plot. The whole journey to Faerie took so damn long – it was so dragged out. Everything in this book was dragged out. Cassandra normally gets straight to the point but she took her sweet time with this one that I just ended up hating it.
Annabel was so boring but after that shocking ending I really hope she becomes the monster I want her to be. After the ending of Lady Midnight I wanted Annabel to wreak havoc on everyone and have her ultimate revenge but instead she was this sad little thing and I was disappointed. But she freaked out at the end and lost it so I really hope she’s going to be vengeful now! That’s just how I imagine Annabel to be and I am rooting for that in the third book!
Now the ending. The ending destroyed me. It was so devastating and brutal. I was not expecting any of that, it all just completely exploded! The rest of the book was so boring then the ending was like a bomb went off! It was crazy! I couldn’t believe what was happening, I was completely stunned. The very last sentence did it for me. My heart actually hurt. I was crying and when I closed the book I opened it again and re-read the last couple pages just because I couldn’t believe what had happened. Then I cried all over again. Dammit it, Cassandra. You know how to make your fans hurt. How are we supposed to wait until December for the third book now? HOW?? I think everyone can agree that we need it IMMEDIATELY. I’m going to be shaking when I finally get my hands on it.
So if you’ve made it to the end of my review you can tell how much I hated this book and how much of a disaster I thought it was. But, surprisingly, I still have high hopes for the third book. Cassandra has never left me down with the last book! City of Heavenly Fire and Clockwork Princess were absolutely amazing! She will work her magic and make Queen of Air and Darkness have such an explosive ending to the series! Roll on December!