Cassandra Clare begins a new Shadowhunters series, and she is in top form. Without the burden of exposition that slowed her first series, and back in the present-day, unlike her second series, she introduces us to new characters and the plot takes off from there. Fighter Emma Carstairs nearly storms off the page, and her best friend and fellow fighter Julian is well-drawn also, as a young man who has shouldered too much responsibility for too long.
Y’all know I am not a fan of fictional teenagers meeting and falling for someone they will love forever, but Clare’s tales are compelling enough that I roll with it. Recommended for 16 and up for (non-graphic) teen sex and some rock-n-roll violence.
Terrific conclusion to a series that got stronger as it went along. Filled with vampires, werewolves, young love, and teen angst, this is a bulls-eye for its target demographic. I recommend it for older high schoolers, due to the emphasis on true love and the rock ’em, sock ’em violence.
The wrap-up to this trilogy is just as strong as the first two. A solid resolution to our love triangle, great fight scenes, strong characters. I finished and immediately re-read it. Age 16 and up for teen romance that leads to a fairly specific conclusion.
Even better than the first one. Good detail work on the historic time period, I’m a sucker for a good love triangle, and Clare actually made me yell “NO” at the book. Characteristic strong action sequences and a good heroine in 16-year-old Tessa. Recommended for older teens due to swoony making out and non-swoony violence.
I actually found this book, set in 1878, stronger than Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, which is set in the present. Both are urban fantasy, in which Shadowhunters among us fight demons and meet with Downworlders: vampires, werewolves, etc. And both feature teen heroines who may or may not be falling for the wrong guy. But Tessa has powers of her own, and a strength of character that keeps her from being a passive player in her own story. Recommended for older teens, due to endless “drowning in his kisses”, and graphic fighting of evil creatures.
Thought this was the final book; sadly, the last one comes out in May 2014. Many threads from prior books are resolved here, resulting in Clare’s usual mix of action, romance and teen angst. A quick and interesting read – for ages 16 and up.
I found this the best of the series – questions answered, love triangles sorted out, great action sequences. Not sure how Clare plans to continue on to book 4, since so much is resolved here. Our somewhat passive heroine finally leaps into action, and all our favorite characters return, written more sharply than ever. A good read, for ages 16 and up.
Tore through this one – Clare has really hit her stride and this one is more gripping and disturbing than the prior three, as our focus spreads out beyond our heroine to some of the other characters, including some who pay off from book one. On pins and needles to read #5. Again, for older teens, say 15 or 16 and up.
I actually liked this book better than its predecessor. Now that her exposition is out of the way, Clare can wade into the action and the love triangle. This book has great world-building, a great villain, and great action sequences, but our 16-year-old heroine is more passive than I’d like; though there is a fighter female in the series, it’s not our lead. For older teens.
A twisty turning plot pulls 15-year-old Clary into the world of Shadowhunters, warriors who strive to rid the earth of demons who murder humans. The plot is surprising, and this older YA fantasy is filled with thrwarted love, adventure, and thoughtful asides. Are our parents ever really who we think they are as teens?