Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Page Number: 668
Format Read: Hardcover (Bought)
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.
Ok, wow. I think this has been one of the strongest first books in a Cassie Clare series, largely because the protagonist Emma, is already a Shadowhunter, and as a result, the reader already is in the know with the world.
This book though! It tore at my heartstrings! And I loved the Blackthorns so much!
My only problem as that there are so many Blackthorns that I was a little like, who’s who.
Overall I loved it, though it took me a few days to read because it was so big and I’m in school for about 10+ hours every weekday so…
*Spoiler Section* (Warning: Spoilers + Extreme Non Comprehensible Fangirling)
So one thing that I was afraid of was that Johnny Rook was going to be the bad guy here, and it would play out similar to the Clockwork Trilogy in terms of betrayal, so I found it a relief that it was Malcolm.
But at the same time, I can’t be mad at Malcolm for doing what he did, because as Emma and Julian wonder themselves, would they do the same? They hope not but at the same time, Malcolm wasn’t evil, he was wronged by shadowhunters and was just trying to be with the girl he loved.
I also really just dislike the Clave and the Cold Peace and how annoying the Clave is sometimes.
Ok, here are some major wtf moments here: (Also spoilery)
a) Kit?! A Herondale!? What!?
b) Annabel is awake! (Cough cough, plot line for book 2)
c) Mark! and Emma!? How long will this go on in book 2!? Book 2 is I think Lord of Shadows…
d) Simon/Isabelle getting married! And possibly Jace and Clary too! Awww
e) parabati curse!? What!? Book 2 please explain more
Now it’s time for my thoughts on the ships and love triangles
Ok, I obviously ship Julian and Emma, BUT, I don’t like hate Mark and Emma, same thing with Kieran, Mark, Christina, and Diego, like Mark is good with EVERYONE!
Seriously though, there isn’t a love triangle, it’s a love hexagon! With Mark, Emma, Julian, Kieran, Christina, and Diego all in it.
But I don’t really have any main ships yet, but hopefully, book 2 will help develop those.
Honestly though, the first half of this book was just:
Emma: “I love Julian, but I can’t tell him cause he’ll be disgusted since he doesn’t feel the same way”
Julian: “I love Emma, but I can’t tell her cause she’ll be disgusted since she doesn’t like me like that”
*Facepalm from the reader aka me
A wonderful start, with a cliffhanger esque end that had me dying.
5 out of 5 stars! My first 5 stars given to a YA book this year! THANK YOU Cassie Clare for being awesome 🙂
Ok, so yeah, the excitement was a little real for this one, and it’s just a bunch of fangirling honestly, it’s not even a proper review since all I did was shriek in all caps everywhere and use a lot of exclamation points.
Please let me know your thoughts! Have you read this book!? What did you think!?