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 of 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?
This would have gotten 4 starts if it had not been for the love story between Julian and Emma. It felt weird and forced and distracted from the actual plot of the book. It was like Cassandra Clare threw it in because she didn’t know if she’d be able to write another story where two parabatai fall in love. Other than that I really enjoyed the book. We get to see some characters we fell in love with in her other series; Clary, Jace, Magnue, Tess, Jem, etc. but they were only minor characters and didn’t distract from the major characters of the story. I loved seeing how everyone had changed since the last book in The Mortal Instruments series. Besides the love story, which you could see coming a mile away, the rest of the book was full of twists and turns and you never really knew which way it was going to go and what was going to happen and that was one of the things I loved most is that it wasn’t predictable. I can’t wait for the next book, though I’m not looking forward to more Julian and Emma love drama.