The last Queen of Air and Darkness snippet that was shared online – in the Shadowhunter Army May newsletter – was rather shocking, but today there is a more mellow snippet although it was the result of a very serious discussion on Cassandra Clare’s tumblr:
There’s an interesting bit in Queen of Air and Darkness where Emma talks to Julian about something one of the Cohort said, in which they mocked him for having a girl parabatai (boys are often judged for this by sexist Shadowhunters, as if having a girl warrior partner makes them weaker or more feminine.)
“Julian, remember what Dane said, that you were the kind of guy who would have a girl for a parabatai?” She knelt up on the bed, raising her chin to look him directly in the eye. “That’s what I always loved about you, even before I was in love with you. You never thought for a second about it diminishing you to have a girl as your warrior partner, you never acted as if I was anything less than your complete equal. You never for a moment made me feel like I had to be weak for you to be strong.”
I love this snippet and I also love how Cassie reversed Julian and Emma’s roles in The Dark Artifices. If you want to read more about gender reversal, I strongly urge you to read Cassie’s whole tumblr post, which also addresses toxic masculinity, slut-shaming and more. It’s a long post, but it’s worth reading!
What do you think of this new snippet? Sound off in the comments below!
Queen of Air and Darkness is published on December 4 and you can catch up on all the snippets here.