Book of the Week – ‘Lord of Shadows’ by Cassandra Clare

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.

You can buy the book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iBooks.

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‘Shadowhunters’ 2×4 – The Shadowhunters try and find a way to save Jace from The Silent Brothers

SHADOWHUNTERS - "Day of Wrath" - No one is safe when the Shadowhunters come up against a new kind of demon in “Day of Wrath,” an all new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing MONDAY, JANUARY 23 (8:00 – 9:00 PM EDT) on Freeform. (Freeform/Ian Watson) DOMINIC SHERWOOD

In the last episode, Alec suffers from the effects of trying to find Jace while Jace tries to survive living with the werewolves and staying away from the Clave. In this episode, titled ‘Day of Wrath’, The Clave begin their trial with Jace while the others try and find a way to help him. Clary is given an opportunity to take a step back while Simon continues to try and find Camille before Raphael gets killed by Victor.

This has a lot going on that ties some ends from previous shows and making some new ties for the rest of the season and beyond. Simon is still on the hunt to find Camille but little does he know that the answer to finding her is right in his hands. In that box. With the help of Raphael they are able to open the box and have the key to summon Camille.

We see a very ugly side to The Clave and more importantly to Victor. He decides to torture Raphael and threaten his life in order to find Camille. And of course, his way around it is to call it ‘motivation’. Add to the fact that he basically made sure that Jace was found guilty in the City of Bones just so that he can recommend that he spend the rest of his life in prison.
True to form, Jocelyn wants to get away and wants to take Clary with her. Clary sees the appeal in running but knows that her place as at the Clave. Especially after she goes on her first hunt with Alec and Izzy and sees how much she likes it.

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While in prison, Jace faces the choices of his past. He wonders if he will ever get past his feelings for Clary and demands that she stays away. He sees a familiar face with Hodge and he makes him see that some choices will never leave him. But by the end of the show he is able to prove to Victor that he shouldn’t be in jail when he fights off Valentine and then refuses to go with him.

We see that maybe the show is not going to be exactly like the book. I had wondered because the fans of the book will know things before everyone else. This week we see Alec killing Jocelyn (with a demon inside of him) and essentially breaking a part of Clary with her. I also think it’s safe to say that the relationship between them will only being more strained now that she is dead.

In the next episode, Clary tries to bring back her mom despite Jace telling her that it’s a bad idea.

What did you think of the show?

‘Shadowhunters’ 2×3 – Jace fights through the city to try and save Alec

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Shadowhunters comes back with a vengeance as a war is brewing between Valentine and his new army and the Shadowhunters. But it doesn’t stop there as there is a war brewing between Clary and essentially everyone else in her life. Alec wants to find Jace and bring him back while her mom wants to kill him. That’s right, kill her own son.

In the last episode, Clary trying to find Jace before the Clave kill him and Simon gets a task at spying on the werewolves for the new Clave boss, Victor. In this episode, titled ‘Parabatai Lost’, Alec suffers from the effects of trying to find Jace while Jace tries to survive living with the werewolves and staying away from the Clave.

The last show had quite the epic finale as Jace and Clary escape Valentine’s ship only to find themselves a beach apart. Jace finds himself in deep water (pun intended) when he is found next to a dead body. He goes on the run only to find out that the woman he found is a dead werewolf, who they think he killed.

Isabelle is desperate to try and help Alec and she uses Magnus as her backup. Nothing he does seems to work because they know that the only way that he can wake up is with Jace’s help. Problem is that Jace is wanted by basically the whole city of New York. The only way that she has a chance to help is to make a deal with the last person she wants to, Victor.

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Things don’t look up for Simon as he learns that his mom is missing. Only gets worse when Raphael threatens Simon to find Camille or he will hurt his mom. Even though he wanted to help Clary I don’t think that he thought that all this was going to happen. Him becoming a vampire and having his family threatened by other vampires.

Jace fights his way through the city, literally, as he fights off the werewolf pack to try and get to Alec. At the end, there is a very sad and powerful scene where Jace helps Alec and we see the connection between the two of them and how it’s deeper then brotherhood and parabatai.

In the next episode, The Clave begin their trial with Jace while the others try and find a way to help him.

What did you think of the show?

 

‘Shadowhunters’ 2×2 – Valentine continues to grow his army while the Clave continue to search for Jace

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Shadowhunters comes back with a vengeance as a war is brewing between Valentine and his new army and the Shadowhunters. But it doenst stop there as there is a war brewing between Clary and essentially everyone else in her life. Alec wants to find Jace and bring him back while her mom wants to kill him. That’s right, kill her own son.

In the last episode, the season opens up with a bang as Jace is reluctant to help Valentine help build his army which makes Valentine push him harder than before. The rest of the gang is off trying to find Jace before he does something that is going to be unforgiveable. Throughout the show, we see that not everyone is as they seem as Jocelyn tries to kill Jace. In this episode, titled ‘The Door in the Dark’, has Clary trying to find Jace before the Clave kill him and Simon gets a task at spying on the werewolves for the new Clave boss, Victor.

While everyone may be out to blame Clary, because that is the easy thing to do, there are some people that know that it’s not her fault. Izzy and her grow closer as Alec continues to blame her for all the problems they have. This forces Clary to make a drastic decision to try and find Jace without any help from anyone else. It will come back to haunt the Clave to keep her out because Valentine is also interested in having her on his side.

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Dot kidnaps Clary for Valentine and him and her try to convince Clary that she needs to join their side. This only complicates Jace’s life because he wants to protect Clary and the only way he can do that is going deeper into the world of Valentine. Clary uses her time there to try and get Dot to help her again (because she is only there by force). Jace gets newfound strength with Clary because while he’s not supposed to love her (like that) he does and he uses her strength to help them escape.

Luke is able to figure out a way to try and find out where Valentine is, but it comes with major consequences to Alec. Of course he’s full speed ahead but Izzy is reluctant to let Alec go ahead of it. When they do the ritual, Alec goes to deep and becomes sleeping beauty.

Simon is basically running in circles as he can’t figure out a way to stay out on top of the world around him. Victor backs him in a corner as he blackmails him into ratting out information on the werewolves and Raphael returns and makes Simon find Camille or else the vampires will kill him. It has him asking Magnus Bane for help.

In the next episode, Alec suffers from the effects of trying to find Jace while Jace tries to survive living with the werewolves and staying away from the Clave.

What did you think of the show?

 

‘Shadowhunters’ 1×13 – Valentine comes for the Mortal Cup in the spring finale

SHADOW HUNTERS - "Morning Star" - Time is running out for the Shadowhunters to stop Valentine in "Morning Star," the season finale of "Shadowhunters," airing TUESDAY, APRIL 5 (9:00 - 10:00 p.m. EDT) on Freeform. (Freeform/John Medland) DOMINIC SHERWOOD, MATTHEW DADDARIO, EMERAUDE TOUBIA, KATHERINE MCNAMARA

In this week’s episode, titled ‘Morning Star’, it’s the spring finale and Jace struggles with the darkness in him as one of their own betray them. Jace struggles with the news of being Valentine’s son while Alec struggles with whether or not to marry Lydia. Alec has to deal with the consequences of his actions, which include his parents being mad at him for wanting to kiss a warlock.

The Shadowhunters are running out of time as they find out that Valentine has the Mortal Cup, with the help of Hodge. He doesn’t waste any time creating Shadowhunters that he can control. The plan goes bigger than that as he wants Jace and Clary to be by his side.
For the full recap you can go here.

When the show returns, Jace is going to be under the hand of Valentine and we are going to see how much of an influence he has over Jace. As we have started to see, Jace has major daddy issues and it’s only going to be more complicated now that he’s training with him. On the plus side, Jocelyn is awake and will be able to help them with the war against Valentine.

Jace’s obsession with his parents boils over in this episode. The more that he tries to understand what happened, the further he falls down the rabbit hole. He tries to take down Valentine, but when it comes time to do it, he can’t. Instead, he makes a crazy and rash decision that he decides to go away with Valentine in order to try and get rid of the darkness inside of him. Or at least control it.

Clary is busy with her own mission. With the help of Simon and Isabelle, they get Camilla out of her punishment and have her help them find the Book of White so that they can wake up Jocelyn. Jocelyn is the key to taking down Valentine. But we are going to have to wait for that to happen.

For the full recap, you can go here.

When the show returns, Jace is going to be under the hand of Valentine and we are going to see how much of an influence he has over Jace. As we have started to see, Jace has major daddy issues and it’s only going to be more complicated now that he’s training with him. On the plus side, Jocelyn is awake and will be able to help them with the war against Valentine.

What did you think of the show?

‘Shadowhunters’ 1×12 – Magnus tries to stop Alec from getting married

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In this week’s episode, titled ‘Malec’, Jace struggles with the news of being Valentine’s son while Alec struggles with whether or not to marry Lydia. Magnus tries his hardest to try and get Alec to see that he shouldn’t marry Lydia. He tries to get Alec believe that he deserves love, despite what Alec thinks. Happy moments erupt at the end of Alec gives in to his feelings and kisses Magnus and it is beautiful.

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Jace and Clary try and fail to not let the fact that they are siblings bother them. There is major awkward tension between the two of them and while Clary tries to fix it, Jace only makes it worse as he tries to ignore it. He is however able to make up with Alec so not everything went bad in this episode.

In Shadowhunter news, Jace/Clary/Magnus go and see Ragnor Fell and try to get him to reverse the curse on Jocelyn. But the mission goes south as Ragnor dies and Jace thinks that Lydia is the leak. Problem is going to be to prove it. If she is the leak, she will be smart enough to hide her tracks and not let them figure it out. Magnus is able to find the book, but it’s with an unlikely source. Camille. The leak is revealed and it’s not who you think it would be.

For the full recap you can go here.

In the next episode, it’s the spring finale and Jace struggles with the darkness in him as one of their own betray them.

What did you think of the show?

 

 

 

‘Shadowhunters’ 1×11 – Clary and Jace begin their hunt to find her mother

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In this week’s episode, titled ‘Blood calls to Blood Introverted’, Jace tries to understand what happened with his father, while the rest of the Shadowhunters try and figure out how to help Isabelle.
The world is on a tailspin as Michael Wayland is alive. The people he left behind can’t believe it and are trying to understand it. Clary is not sure if she likes him especially considering the falcon story that Jace had told her about him. And Michael doesn’t like that Clary is making Jace soft. So what does Michael do, he creates a wedge, a subtle one, between Jace and Clary. He won’t need to worry about that long as at the end he reveals that he is really Valentine and that Jace and Clary are siblings.
If you are a fan of the book, you already knew this twist, but if you were like me, I was still surprised by it. I didn’t know if they would work it into the book considering the theming of it, but I was surprised by the delivery.
Isabelle is in a world of trouble as the Clave are looking to make an example out of her. Lydia and Alec are trying to help her but Lydia is more concerned about saving her job. She relies on the help of Magnus to help get her out of this sticky situation. If she doesn’t give up the cup in the next 24 she will be exiled.
For the full recap you can go here.
In the next episode, Jace struggles with the news of being Valentine’s son while Alec struggles with whether or not to marry Lydia.

 

What did you think of the show?