Lord of Shadows: The Dark Artifices, Book 2

Book review by Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Faeries, demons, kissing, with thoughtful look at prejudice.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 14+

Series gets better each book

LoS, the second book in TDA series, is sublime. It handles some heavier topics like being transgender, and having autism, but it handles them in a positive way, and people who are like that are treated well, and people are kind and supportive about being transgender, or having autism. The book has a small amount of language, and adults drink. Their is some sex and kissing, but it has the same amount, if not less, than previous books. It has less explicit sex than TMI. It is quite violent, with two shocking deaths at the end, that are a bit bloody. It has good lessons about protecting people you love, but certain characters, like Julian, are willing to harm others to protect the ones he loves, to a nearly bad extent, but he just wants to protect people. Overall, this book has positive messages, and the violence can get bloody, but the book is amazing.

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age 13+

Amazing! Each book in this series gets better!

Wow. I have never rated a Cassandra Clare book this high before but I have no issues, I really loved it. It's her best work yet in my opinion. I am so glad I read all the books that came prior so I could finally get to this series. It was well-worth the wait. There was a LOT to take in from this monster of a book and I almost feel like I need to reread it immediately because I know I didn't catch everything the first time around. Her writing has improved so much and I'm so connected to this cast of characters. In her past books there's always been one or two characters I felt annoyed by or just didn't like. But I love every one of these new characters. There's a lot of diverse representation and everyone is sooo witty. I don't always take down quotes when I read but I couldn't resist recording some of my favorite sassy moments. (Most of them were from Kit, his commentary throughout this book is hysterical!) The plot was deep and very relevant to issues we face today which I liked. The forbidden romance and the side character love-triangle are so heart wrenching in the best way. Overall I'm really happy with this and super excited to read the next one in a few weeks when it's out. Content Notes: - Some Language, mild - Some Intense Fight Scenes/Demons - A few kissing scenes and 1 non-detailed sex scene

This title has:

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Great role models
Too much violence

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