Audiobook Review – Queen of Air and Darkness

Posted January 23, 2019 by Kathy in 5 stars, Audiobook Review, Book Review / 2 Comments

Audiobook Review – Queen of Air and DarknessQueen of Air and Darkness Series: The Dark Artifices #3
by Cassandra Clare
Narrator: James Marsters
Published by Simon & Schuster Audio on December 04, 2018
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy
Pages: 912
Length: 30 hours and 24 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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Dark secrets and forbidden love threaten the very survival of the Shadowhunters in Cassandra Clare’s Queen of Air and Darkness, the final novel in the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling The Dark Artifices trilogy.

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 blight 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.

5 Stars for Queen of Air and Darkness!

I loved Queen of Air and Darkness! This is the final book in The Dark Artifices series and you have to read the previous books, so this review will be short and spoiler free.

This book was an emotional rollercoaster ride from beginning to end. The early chapters were gut-wrenching, picking up from where the last book left off. I knew this part of the story was going to be difficult, but I wasn’t prepared for how emotional it left me. Had I known I would not have started listening to the audiobook while driving to work (I was in tears by the time I arrived at work). Cassandra Clare delivered an amazing finale filled with action, suspense, romance, friendship and family unity.

If you haven’t read Cassandra Clare’s books you should be prepared for the subplots within her stories. Some readers might find this frustrating, but I enjoy seeing what the other characters are dealing with and how in the end their stories connect. This does make for a slow pace which I also don’t mind since I love this world so much. I loved the creative twists in the story. It was surprising and entertaining, and it allowed some of the characters to heal from their grief. Along with her talented storytelling are the characters she creates, whom I’ve grown to love. Friends from other series join the fight, but it is Emma and the Blackthorns who shine in this book. From the youngest Blackthorn, Tavvy, to the eldest, Helen, they each play an important role in keeping their family together. Emma continues to be the fierce fighter devoted to loving and protecting the Blackthorns. There are so many supporting characters in this series that deserve a shout out and shown some love, it is so easy for me to get lost and addicted to this world.  I loved the closure for this series and the peak into the books to come.  Now I must endure the long wait for her next release.

I listened to the audiobooks for this entire series and I loved James Marsters performance. Marsters (Spike from TV’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer) brought the story to life.  I was amazed at the range of voices he created for the characters.  His performance for the evil Riders of Mannan gave me goosebumps.  If you enjoy audiobooks I highly recommend listening to this series in this format.

I love the Shadowhunters world and I can’t wait for the next Cassandra Clare book.

Rating Report
Audiobook Performance
Overall: five-stars

About Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

About James Marsters

James Marsters is an American actor and musician best known for the role of the vampire Spike in Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel series. His other TV credits include Hawaii Five-O and The Super Hero Squad Show. As a narrator, he is the voice of the Dresden Files audiobooks, a supernatural detective series by Jim Butcher.

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