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Queen of Air and Darkness

The Dark Artifices, Book 3
Written by: Cassandra Clare
Narrated by: James Marsters
Length: 30 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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 number-one New York Times and USA Today best-selling the Dark Artifices trilogy. Queen of Air and Darkness is a Shadowhunters novel. 

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 disease 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. 

©2018 Cassandra Clare (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Narrator is mediocre.Ending should have beenbetter

I had high expectations for this book i have been reading all of cassies books since i was 13 and am now 25 and i feel like shes falling short with the endings,specifcally the endings for the series, i feel it should have been more dramatic and explanatory than this and trult hope for redemption in the upcoming last hours books.
Also i feel James Marstars fell flat on this series as well im dissipointed he was used for the whole entirety of this Dark Artifices trilogy and i truly hope Cassie considers using Molly Quin or Sophie Turner.

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  • BMD
  • 2019-01-30

My favorite in the series so far!

I loved this book, and this story line in general. the author is playing with a lot of contemporary social themes, but beyond that it's an immersive, satisfying story. I couldn't stop listening! The narrator was great, too.

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Soft narration

I still haven't finished this book because the narrator has such a soft and gentle voice that I fall asleep. Not that that is a bad thing.
So far, this book has been amazing.

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Too long. Uncomfortable antagonists

I am a big Cassandra Clare fan but I had a difficult time with this one. First the Dark Artificies series does not have the humor the Mortal Instruments did so it is endlessly tragic. All your favorite characters are in pain ALL THE TIME. Maybe because this book deals with every combination of romantic relationship you can think of. The Antagonists are the most evil, unrelenting, despicable characters I have ever read and through most of the book they seem to have the upper hand and the heroes are tortured right up till the very end. I eventually got too depressed and jumped ahead 5 hrs and found I only missed 3 key points in the storyline and was easily able to scan back and find them and they added up to about 15min of content. I hope the next book brings back the magical sparkle her other series had.

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great series

I have finished all Cassandra clare's books in under a month I love all her characters but I really want to know what happens to her original character such as clary does she marry but over all cant wait for the next book.

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wow!

such an amazing ending to the series. yet another cliffhanger ending, in true Clare fashion.

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I loved it

I loved the story and most of the characters. Kit and Ty quickly became my favorites and I'm really looking forward to their book!
James Marsters reads it beautifully.

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  • Andrew
  • 2018-12-13

Finishes strong

If I'm being honest, the first half of this book was really difficult to get through. Nothing but teenage soap opera and softcore porn writing. The narration was breathy and in whispers and agonizingly slow. I listened to the entire book at 1.35x speed just so it sounded like a normal paced audiobook. The "bad guys" were so obviously inspired by current politics that even though I'm against the current political administration I thought I was going to get headaches from the amount of eye rolling that took place. That being said, around the halfway point Clare actually gets back to a plotline and finishes the book strong. If I could split this book in half I would easily give 1 star to the beginning and 5 stars to the end. If you want the actual shadowhunters book and not erotic fan fiction, then skip to chapter 15 or 16. Clare should let someone else write her books if all she wants to write about is her barely legal teen sex fantasies.

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  • Samantha R
  • 2018-12-08

Phenomenal!!!

James freaking Marsters is a champion narrator!!!
He is by far my favorite.

This book was a rollercoaster and I enjoyed every twist and turn.

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  • kakaruchi
  • 2018-12-10

Only because it’s a shadow Hunter book

This was a hard and at times agonizing read. The reader was well .....gosh it's hard to give him a bad review. I feel like I'm spitting on Buffy the Vampire. It sounded as if he was reading with his last dying breathe. To be fair throughout the whole book we were dealing with death and his voice was that constant reminder. It didn't help that at times the story dragged. On another note I've been waiting for a good fantasy\erotica. Something like a top quality Lord of the rings angels vs demon supernatral blend but I did not expect to find it in the Shadow Hunter series. A threesome? Really? Miss Clare was doing a lil too much in this one. Lil much. All in all I wasn't too happy with this book. One word bittersweet. I only finished it because it's a part of the Shadow Hunter series. I wouldn't suggest skipping it.

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  • angela hughes
  • 2018-12-08

too much

It's safe to say that I am no longer a Shadow Hunter fan. The books are getting longer, the plots are just all over the place. This book has the same themes and schemes as the original series just recycled and dragged out. The threesome was just too much. Her writing has gone from enchanting to pornagraphic and racie. She tackles a lot of real world issues, but we get enough of that on social media and the news. This book is no longer an escape from our mundane world.

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  • Lauren
  • 2018-12-08

Just Amazing

This will go down as one of my favorite books of all time. It was sooo good I gasped cried and laughed throughout. James Marsters (Spike) can read all my book to me and I would be happy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-12-09

Want to stop

I came to the reviews to see if anyone else is having issues with the voice. Everything is read in a whisper, low tone, slow pace. Makes everything sound so boring. Sometimes I can't even tell when the narrator switches to another character's point of view. I'm thinking of returning this audiobook.

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  • Diverse listener
  • 2018-12-30

Disappointed

I was very disappointed in this last book of the series. I normally love the Shadowhunter books, but this was not up to par. The story was all over the place. The love stories of the characters was a little too much. Teenage ménage a trois was a little out of my comfort zone. Just not a great story.

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  • Valencia
  • 2018-12-12

Loose Ends

Enjoyed listening to the book. Although it wrapped up a lot of loose ends, opened up a lot for the next book or series

The ending dragged on a bit

overall I was happy with Julian and Emma's story.

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  • Kamryn Bossom
  • 2018-12-05

I finished this in a day

This book was incredible. I was going back and forth between the audiobook and my physical copy, but I still got to listen to this for 11 hours straight while I worked. Cassandra Clare writes the best conclusions, and I am still recovering from how amazing this one was.

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  • Josh
  • 2018-12-04

Need more

I have the whole series! I babe Mortal Instruments and the clock work series as well. Definitely recommend Morganville vampires or vampire Academy for anyone looking to get their next binge read

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