Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Book 1 in The Dark Artifices series
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Summary from Goodreads:
The Shadowhunters of Los Angeles star in the first novel in Cassandra Clare’s newest series, The Dark Artifices, a sequel to the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series. Lady Midnight is a Shadowhunters novel.
It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.
Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions…
Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago—has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind—and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?
Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.
I do recommend to get the most out of Lady Midnight that you read The Mortal Instruments series and The Infernal Devices series first as many of the characters from each show up or are talked about in Lady Midnight. THERE IS ONE OR TWO MINOR SPOILERS FROM BOTH SERIES IN THIS REVIEW. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. I would also like to say I am very sorry that this review isn’t as in depth and thought out as some of my others as I did this by memory and I usually have around 4 pages of notes.
Julian Blackthorn and Emma Carstairs have been best friends as long as they can remember and after the Dark War where Emma lost her parents and Julian his father,sister,and brother,they have been each others only support system. They become parabatai which are partners in battle and best friends who promise to stay by each other side forever. But being a parabatai also means you can’t fall in love with each other. It is forbidden and the punishment is harsh. Emma has never thought that her parents where killed in the Dark War but by someone else and has been looking for the killer and clues that she is right for years. When more and more people and faeries are killed, the faeries come to Julian and Emma and offer a deal. If they find the killer they can have back Julian’s brother Mark who they took in the Dark War. Love, Loyalty, and Family all collide in the first book of the Dark Artifices series.
I finished Lady Midnight last night after reading 200 plus pages in one sitting. I fell in love with Julian, Emma, Christina, Mark, and the rest of the characters. Clare’s characters crawl under you skin and plant themselves in your heart. I loved how both Julian and Emma were both so different from Clare’s other heroes and heroines. Emma is reckless, an amazing warrior, loves with everything she has and wants to hurt anyone who even looks at the people she loves sideways, and has a great wit. Julian is nothing like Clare’s other heroes. He had to at a young age take on the raising of 4 siblings. He will do anything to save the people he loves no matter what the cost. He is more ruthless then you would think reading about him because he seems very gentle and he is with the people he loves but don’t let that fool you into thinking he wouldn’t gut anyone who is a danger to people he loves. I think he is the perfect counterpart to Emma and I Ship these two. I love Mark, Julian’s half faerie brother and I have since I meet him in City of Heavenly Fire(The Mortal Instruments Book 6). He is so messed up from being in faerie and seeing him rejoin the human race is just as funny as it is heartbreaking. Christina was a really interesting character as she is running from something in her past(she is from Mexico City) and it was a surprise when I found out why had run away to the LA. Christina and Emma became good friends very fast and it is nice that unlike Clare’s other heroines,Emma does have a girl friend to talk too. You also fall in love with all Juilan’s siblings from the twins Livia(who loves the saber as a weapon) and Tiberius(who wants to be a detective),to Drusilla(who love all things horror),and the youngest Octavian(who really wants to help his older siblings in the investigation and help keep his older brother home). Malcolm the High Warlock of L.A. was a character that I was very interested in having meet him in City of Heavenly Fire and you find out what happened to him to make him so absent minded and unique in Lady Midnight. There is huge cast of characters and you just love them all.
The plot was just amazing with so much action, twists, turns, twists again, love forbidden, love lost, love forgotten, loyalty tested, trust broken, family lost, family found, choices made that can never be undone,heartbreak, hearts healed, lies told and retold, magic, more magic,and finally that heartbreaking ending that will leave you yelling NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! You can’t end it there! Lady Midnight had everything I look for it a book.It has great writing, a plot with twists and turns, characters that you fall in love with and don’t leave you, and a world you want to be part of. If you want a book you can’t put down, characters you miss the second you turn the last page,and writing that hits the ball out of the park then this is the book for you.
Rating: 5 out of 5
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