I know for me and for many fans it feels like it’s been a long time since the release of Lady Midnight, and an even longer wait for its eagerly anticipated sequel. But today it feels like we are just that little bit closer as we bring you some exciting news.
At a Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy launch event Cassandra Clare and special guest Alberto Rosende (Shadowhunters’ Simon Lewis) unveiled the long awaited cover for the second book in The Dark Artifices series, titled Lord of Shadows:
As you can see the cover is stunningly beautiful, continuing along the same lines of first book Lady Midnight. The water theme continues to flow through to the new book as we see Julian in water, following on from the cover of Lady Midnight, who had Emma floating in water.
The cover shows Julian wearing his lucky sea glass bracelet given to him by parabatai Emma, who received it from distant relative Jem Carstairs. Quite noticeably we also see Julian wielding a sword, that some believe to be Cortana. The sword of Emma’s family, passed down through the Carstairs family for generations. Cortana being of incredible importance to Emma, it never leaves her side, which brings up the question why is Julian holding it?
However the one thing you can’t miss, that has everyone buzzing, is the London skyline and the famous London Tower Bridge on the cover. It has fans asking many questions, including too author Cassandra Clare who has stayed tightly lipped about the observation by fans.
With Emma, Julian, and the gang being based in Los Angeles, it makes us wonder if we will be seeing them in London? Or if possibly we’ll being seeing more of some of our favourite characters from England? Sadly, to find out the meaning behind it we will have to wait and see.
Along with the cover, publishing company Simon & Schuster UK released an official Lord of Shadows synopsis in a press release:
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.
We can’t wait to get our hands on Lord of Shadows! What do you think of the cover? Do you have any theories about what’s on it? Let us know in the comments.
Lord of Shadows, the second book in The Dark Artifices trilogy, will be published on May 23, 2017.