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9 Books to Read if You Love the Dark Artifices Series

December 7, 2021
Emily Ritter

There are so many things to love about Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series : the forbidden romance between Emma and Julian, the tight-knit Blackwood family, the magic, Ty, the mayhem, and the LA beach! Here are books to read to find those same things you love in the Dark Artifices series (Lady Midnight, Lord of Shadows, and Queen of Air and Darkness).

9 Books to Read if You Love the Dark Artifices Series

1. A Dark and Hollow Star by Ashley Shuttleworth

A Dark and Hollow Star is a thrilling urban fantasy set in the magical underworld of Toronto that follows a queer cast of characters racing to stop a serial killer whose crimes could expose the hidden world of faeries to humans. Need I say more??

2. When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey

Emma and Julian will tell you: trouble happens when you fall in love with your best friend! When We Were Magic is a sly, witchy, dark comedy about four teens whose magic goes wildly awry. When Alexis makes a magical mistake and a boy winds up dead, she and her tight knit group of friends come together to try to right a terrible wrong. But Alexis is hiding something else: she’s in love with her best friend. 

3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

This book is perfect for shippers of Kit and Ty! It features Aristotle, an angry teen, and Dante, a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet one summer, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime.

4. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Jemma fans will love the angst in These Violent Delights. Nothing says forbidden romance like this Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1920s Shanghai, with rival gangs and a monster in the depths of the Huangpu River.  Juliette and Roma must set their guns—and grudges—aside and work together, for if they can’t stop this mayhem, then there will be no city left for either to rule.

5. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Artistic prodigy Isobel may work with the fair folk, painting them for favors, but she knows better than to trust them. When she’s tasked with painting Rook, the autumn prince, Isobel makes a grave mistake and paints mortal sorrow in his eyes. Furious, Rook takes her away to his kingdom for trial. But things are amiss in the world of the fair folk, and Rook and Isobel find themselves relying more and more on each other — a dangerous thing, considering love between fair folk and mortals violates the fair folk laws.

6. The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris

This book is perfect for readers who love Julian and his close-knit siblings. From the acclaimed author of SLAYcomes a gripping, evocative novel about a Black teen who has the power to see into the future, whose life turns upside down when he foresees his younger brother’s imminent death.

7. Briar Girls by Rebecca Kim Wells

This one goes out to all the Cristina-Mark-Kieran stans! This epic reimagining of “The Sleeping Beauty” follows a teen girl on a quest to wake a sleeping princess in an enchanted forest, while searching for the truth behind her own deadly curse. On her journey, Lena finds herself drawn to both a brooding raven boy and a chaotic magical girl, a bisexual conundrum with no wrong answers.

8. The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

If you love the LA setting of the Dark Artifices, you will love The Black Kids, which is written like a love letter to LA. This unforgettable coming-of-age debut novel explores issues of race, class, and violence through the eyes of a wealthy black teenager whose family gets caught in the vortex of the 1992 Rodney King Riots.

9. Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare

Fans of Emma will love Cordelia in this new Shadowhunter series set in Edwardian London! Both female Carstairs warriors, they share more than wielding Cortana, including a secret love for their best friend, a fierce loyalty for their friends, and a dark legacy to overcome.


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