Lord of Shadows
LOS cover

Cassandra Clare


James Marsters[1]

Release Date May 23, 2017[2][3]
Publisher Simon & Schuster
(Margaret K.McElderry Books)

Julian Blackthorn

The Dark Artifices
 1  2  3
Preceded by
Lady Midnight
Followed by
Queen of Air and Darkness
Release order
Released after
Lady Midnight
Released before
Queen of Air and Darkness

Lord of Shadows is the second book of the The Dark Artifices trilogy.


Sunny Los Angeles can be a dark place indeed.

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.[2][3]

More synopses under the cut.

A Shadowhunter's life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn't just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina, and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and "unsuitable" Nephilim. They'll do anything in their power to expose Julian's secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.

— hardbound jacket blurb[4]


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“I cannot be sure, though I think it has something to do with
the clarity of them.”

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Part One, Dreamland

A few weeks after the death of Malcolm Fade, Kit Rook examines the weaponry of the training room in the Los Angeles Institute and reflects on everything that has happened since the death of his father. Conflicted about his recently discovered Shadowhunters heritage, Kit resolves to steal some of the weapons and run away. Jace Herondale then enters the room and introduces himself, and has a talk with Kit where he discusses some of the importance of the Herondale name among Shadowhunters. Kit is still unconvinced he's a Shadowhunter. Jace tells Kit that he and Clary will be there for him as long as he needs; he then notices the hidden weapons and explains that Kit may also be in danger from the Guardian's followers, and running away won't help him survive. He convinces Kit to give life at the Institute a week.

The Shadowhunters later attend a meeting at the Institute following the successful killing of a Teuthida demon at the Santa Monica Pier. Jace Herondale and Clary Fairchild are present at the meeting and discuss possible causes for the recent spike in sea demon activity across the Los Angeles coastline; it is concluded that Malcolm's body floating in the sea along with the Black Volume of the Dead must be stirring up deep-sea demons, in addition to a spell he may have cast to be activated upon his death. Jace explains that he and Clary cannot help as they are being sent on a secret mission by the Clave, and that a team of Centurions will arrive the next day to help search the sea.

Jace and Clary approach Mark after the meeting and ask him for information about Faerieland's geographical layout, as well as about the Seelie Queen and Unseelie King, as their mission is in Faerieland. Jace reveals that they wish to speak with Kieran in relation to a weapon Sebastian Morgenstern left with one of the courts, one that could destroy all Shadowhunters.

That night, Julian takes Kit along with him to the Shadow Market in the hopes of finding something to replace the medicine Malcolm provided to Arthur Blackthorn, as he worries about the Centurions discovering Arthur's madness. After being refused help by a faerie, the Shadowhunters are asked to leave by the warlock landlord of the Shadow Market, Barnabas Hale. They leave after arguing with him about the Cold Peace, and Kit is upset to learn that he is no longer welcome at the Shadow Market.

Back at the Institute Emma climbs to the roof with Clary to talk. They end up discussing Jace's proposal to Clary, which she rejected, and Clary reveals that she refused due to the recent reappearance of her true dreams. She explains that she has been having a dream about her death, which will happen soon, and refused to marry Jace because in her mind leaving him would be worse if they were married. She makes Emma promise to explain everything to everyone after her death, and to tell Jace she wasn't afraid of dying.

A search is conducted of the ruins of Malcolm's house, and evidence found there—a white gauntlet and demon remains—leads the Shadowhunters to believe that the Unseelie King is involved. The Centurions arrive soon after, along with Diego Rosales' fiancé Zara Dearborn.

The Centurions start their patrols, and quickly prove to be a nuisance as they refuse to disclose any details of their searches to the Blackthorns. Some of the Centurions, including Zara, also reveal themselves as supporters of the Cold Peace who believe that Downworlder rights should be limited.

A few days later while the Centurions are on patrol Gwyn ap Nudd arrives alone at the Institute and asks Mark to travel to the Unseelie Court to rescue Kieran, who is to be executed by his father for killing Iarlath. Mark initially refuses, upsetting Gwyn, who is unable to interfere, but he sneaks away that night to go to Faerie. Julian, Emma and Cristina go after Mark and catch up to him, and they all make their way into Faerie after passing a phouka guarding the entrance. They are all shocked to find that their seraph blades and runes don't work.

Despite their Shadowhunter abilities being gone the group successfully makes their way to the Unseelie Court and meet the King. Pretending to be sent by the Clave they propose a trial by combat, which Emma takes part in but ultimately loses after being tricked by an illusion. In desperation Julian takes one of the King's sons hostage and the group escapes with Kieran, who has some memory loss due to being tortured by the King.

While fleeing the King's riders the Shadowhunters are saved by a faerie named Nene, the sister of Mark's mother Nerissa. She lets them into the Seelie Court and tends to Kieran's wounds. The Shadowhunters stay in a faerie knight's chambers, and that night Julian is summoned by the Seelie Queen. She leads him to a scrying glass and shows him what's happening at home.

Unbeknownst to the Shadowhunters in Faerie the Los Angeles Institute was attacked shortly after their departure by Malcolm, who had resurrected himself using a spell. He demanded Blackthorn blood by the next day, and set a host of sea demons upon them before leaving. On Diana Wrayburn's orders the Blackthorns opened a Portal to the London Institute and left the Centurions to face the demons.

In the scrying glass Julian watches his uncle Arthur arrive at Malcolm's hideout and offer himself in exchange for his family's safety; Malcolm accepts and kills him, spilling his blood upon the half-living corpse of Annabel Blackthorn. She awakens and subsequently kills him, to his and Julian's surprise, before disappearing with the Black Volume.

The Shadowhunters have an audience with the Queen the next day. She makes a bargain with them; in exchange for retrieving the Black Volume from Annabel for her, so she may use it to get back a kidnapped member of her court, she will pledge her aid to the Clave against the Unseelie King if they end the Cold Peace, effectively ending Helen Blackthorn's exile on Wrangel Island. The Shadowhunters agree to the terms despite their mistrust of the Queen. Gwyn arrives at the court soon afterwards, pleased that Mark saved Kieran, and gives the group a ride to the London Institute with the Wild Hunt.

Part Two, Thule

The group from Faerie arrive at the Institute and a meeting is held to bring everyone up to speed on what's been happening, namely Arthur's death, Zara's plan to take over the Institute and the Seelie Queen's bargain. Diana leaves for Idris to meet with Jia Penhallow about the Cohort's plans.

That night Ty, Kit and Livvy hang out in the parlor, unable to sleep. Ty gives Kit his first permanent rune—Voyance—and Kit is shocked to see the ghost of Jessamine Lovelace, who tells them where Malcolm's Cornwall home is.

Livvy rushes off to tell Julian what they've found, and also reveals to him that everyone now knows how he ran the Institute by himself. She assures him that no one is angry with him, and tells him how much she admires him before leaving. Julian is relieved that one of his secrets is out.

The next day the Shadowhunters go off on separate missions, with Julian, Emma and Cristina traveling to Cornwall to find Annabel and the Black Volume, and Ty, Livvy, Kit and Mark going to Blackthorn Hall. At the train station Cristina's arm begins to bleed as a result of a faerie charm she was given in Faerie and she is forced to go back to the Institute with Bridget Daly, while Julian and Emma are left to continue on their own. Cristina arrives at the Institute to find Mark waiting with similar injuries on his arm.

Julian and Emma arrive in Cornwall and quickly find Malcolm's cottage. Meanwhile, Diana meets with Jia and tells her about Kieran and the Seelie Queen's offer, and the blight in the Unsselie Court. They discuss the Cold Peace and the Cohort, who Jia dislikes as well, and she gives Diana a chance to prove Zara is lying about killing Malcolm and discredit her.

Ty, Livvy and Kit travel to Blackthorn Hall and find an aletheia crystal. Emma and Julian explore Malcolm's cottage and decide to stay there for a while.

Kit and the twins go to the London Shadow Market at Kit's suggestion and he bluffs his way past Hypatia Vex, the landlord. They receive help from a warlock named Shade but are confronted by Barnabas Hale, who Kit used in his lies to Hypatia. Barnabas sets a pack of werewolves on the trio and they are saved by the arrival of Magnus Bane, who takes them back to the Institute.

At the cottage in Cornwall Julian speaks with Annabel when she appears outside, and she tries to deter him from seeking the Volume. She runs away before he can explain why he needs it.


There are 29 chapters; the titles are derived from lines (in no particular order) in the poem "Dreamland" by Edgar Allan Poe.[5]

  1. Still Waters
  2. Boundless Floods
  3. Where Dwell The Ghouls
  4. A Wild Weird Clime
  5. Earth And Heaven
  6. There The Traveler
  7. Seas Without A Shore
  8. Near The River
  9. These Lands
  10. So Wills Its King
  11. On A Black Throne
  12. By The Mountains
  13. Dreamland
  14. Through Darkened Glass
  15. Friends Long Given
  1. Pass The Wanderer
  2. Haunted
  3. Memories Of The Past
  4. The Gray Woods
  5. Evermore
  6. The Eye Unclosed
  7. The Most Unholy
  8. Skies Of Fire
  9. Legion
  10. Start and Sigh
  11. Walk In Shadow
  12. Ill Angels Only
  13. The Sad Soul
  14. Ultima Thule


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“I cannot be sure, though I think it has something to do with
the clarity of them.”

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Special content

  • First editions of the book from North America (and the trade paperback special editions of W.H. Smiths and Easons) have 30 new runes designed by Valerie Freire printed on the inside of the book jackets.
  • Certain special editions, including the one from Target, include a map of Alicante in the back.
  • The Barnes & Noble edition will feature a bonus story.[6]
  • A deleted scene with Emma and Jules on the Blackfriars Bridge talking about The Infernal Devices characters—specifically Jem, Tessa, and Will—and indirectly relating their relationships to their own was cut from the book but will be featured as an extra on the back of some editions, including the Barnes & Noble edition[7] and the Waterstones trade paperback special edition, which will also have sprayed color edges.
  • The edition from Costco will include art by Cassandra Jean—specifically Julian's portrait of Emma mentioned in Lady Midnight.
  • A limited "deluxe" edition hardback released by Waterstones matches the Lady Midnight one, which will also have the scene of Emma and Julian on Blackfriars Bridge and the map of Alicante, this time with the parabatai rune on the cover.[8]


  • The cover features Julian Blackthorn underwater,[9] the London skyline, with the Tower Bridge prominent, in the backdrop, a map of constellations behind Julian, and a "Magnitudes of the Stars" scale from 1 to 5 by the bridge.
  • The first announced title of the book was Prince of Shadows.[10][11]
  • This book is told from several points of view, namely: Emma, Julian, Cristina, Mark, Kit, Ty, Dru, Livvy, Kieran, Diana, and Annabel.
  • As with Lady Midnight and its eponymous character, the title of this book is also in reference to a character: the Unseelie King who is called the Lord of Shadows.
  • The beginning of the book is set about two weeks after the events of Lady Midnight.
  • An easter egg in the book was the line "Fire wants to burn", etched onto a table in Zara's hideout. "Fire wants to burn" is from Cassandra Clare's Magisterium series.


Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunter Chronicles
The Mortal Instruments
City of Bones City of Ashes City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels City of Lost Souls City of Heavenly Fire
The Infernal Devices The Dark Artifices
Clockwork Angel Lady Midnight
Clockwork Prince Lord of Shadows
Clockwork Princess Queen of Air and Darkness
The Last Hours The Eldest Curses
Chain of Gold The Red Scrolls of Magic
Chain of Iron The Lost Book of the White
Chain of Thorns The Black Volume of the Dead
The Bane Chronicles Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
What Really Happened in Peru Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy
The Runaway Queen The Lost Herondale
Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale The Whitechapel Fiend
The Midnight Heir Nothing but Shadows
The Rise of the Hotel Dumort The Evil We Love
Saving Raphael Santiago Pale Kings and Princes
The Fall of the Hotel Dumort Bitter of Tongue
What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything The Fiery Trial
The Last Stand of the New York Institute Born to Endless Night
The Course of True Love (And First Dates) Angels Twice Descending
The Mortal Instruments graphic novel
Ghosts of the Shadow Market: An Anthology of Tales
The Wicked Powers
Companion books
The Shadowhunter's Codex
A History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of the Downworld
The Official Mortal Instruments Coloring Book
City of Bones: The Graphic Novel
The Infernal Devices: Manga Series
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments

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