Title: Lady Midnight
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Dark Artifices #1
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Publication date: March 8th, 2016
In a kingdom by the sea…
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?
“You’ll fix me, because we’re parabatai. We’re forever.”
Holy cow! I had a feeling I was going to love this book, but it ended up really surprising me how much I fell in love with the story and those characters. I’ve been trying to read this book for ages, but I wanted first to finish The Mortal Instruments and the short stories so I could know everything before diving into this new story, and though it took me a WHILE (I believe two years, or maybe more), I’m so glad I decided to wait, because now I won’t have to wait a year for the last installment to come out.
The reason why I knew I was going to enjoy this novel and new trilogy was not only because Cassandra Clare’s writing has been improving ever since she published The Mortal Instruments, but also because those characters were already introduced in said series, and so far I’ve been really loving their journey and personalities. Also I’ve heard that this trilogy had more diverse characters, so super pumped for that!
“There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion. Every human heart was chained by love.”
I cannot tell you how refreshing it was to read a trilogy set in the Shadowhunter world where the characters knew about everything and the author didn’t have to explain that to us all over again. Don’t get me wrong, I loved The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, but for once I was happy to dive into this world knowing that I wasn’t going to learn that again.
I absolutely love the Blackthorn family. Ty is the most precious person in the world, and though I knew him briefly in City of Heavenly Fire, I absolutely adore him in Lady Midnight. But basically I didn’t just love Ty, though he happens to have become a favorite character of mine. Mark was also such an incredible addition to the story. My heart broke for him, and I was so sad when I knew his story, but he was an amazing character and I’m so glad he appeared in this installment (I cannot wait to know more about him).
I also freaking adored Emma Carstairs. She was such a strong, witty and sarcastic main character, but at the same time she seemed very realistic to me. I empathized a lot with her throughout the story, part because of her tragic past and part because of her entire development in this novel, and though I didn’t completely loved her romantic relationship with Julian (I think I still have to read a bit more to be fully sold on that one), I very much enjoyed reading about them being parabatai and a more in-depth look into how that worked.
“The sea wears down cliffs, Emma, and turns them into sand; so love wears down and breaks our defenses.
I also really appreciated the fact that the author wrote about mental health in a fantasy world. Not only it was diverse in terms of race and sexuality, but also there was an autistic character and a character with alzheimer, which was so amazing to read, because I feel not many fantasy authors incorporate mental health in their stories.
Also let me tell you I was living for each relationship in this book. Not only they were super angst-y slash forbidden slash tragic (I tend to really enjoy those type of romances), but also they were adorable, and though some of them aren’t canon technically yet, I already knew they would become in the next installments and I cannot wait for that to happen.
I admit there were a few spoilers I knew already before starting this book (a major and important ones), so it didn’t surprise me as much when those things were revealed. However, other things were a bit predictable. For example, who the villain of this story was. But I was happy to see the author made Annabelle’s poem a main focus of the plot, not only because it’s gorgeous, but also because it added a little extra something to the story.
Overall, I absolutely loved Lady Midnight, not only because it was a completely new cast of characters and plot, but also because I adored them all, and they have become my babies and I’m so excited to see what’ll happen in Lord of Shadows.
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