In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word. A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other – but they can never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries – the most powerful supernatural creatures – teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge – and Julian’s chance to get back his brother, Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks … and before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents – and can she bear to know the truth?
You know that feeling when you don’t want books to end? That’s how I felt with this one. This truly felt like going home. I didn’t realize how much I missed the Shadow World until I started reading it. It’s one of the few franchises where I can see myself. That is to say, I live vicariously through the books.
Warm and fuzzy aside, I like how Cassandra Clare uses poetry. In this book, for instance, all the chapter title’s came from Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, “Annabel Lee”. I never really thought about how much poetry was in these books before. Of course I noticed it, but I didn’t really think anything of it. Poetry ties the books to the real world and makes them that much more real.