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 he 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 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?
The darkly magical world of Shadowhunters has captured the imagination of millions of readers across the globe. Join the adventure in Lady Midnight, the long-awaited first volume of a new trilogy from Cassandra Clare.
Oh my god this book. You know that feeling when you finish a book that you really really liked and you feel almost broken hearted that it’s over. That’s how I feel right now. I can’t believe I just finished it. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare was just shy of seven hundred pages. I read it in one day and all I can think is, “What the hell just happened?” I’m sure many of you have heard of her first series, The Mortal Instruments or even her second series, The Infernal Devices. Well, I read both and this book, Lady Midnight, the first book in The Dark Artifices Trilogy was by far, without a doubt my favorite out of all nine of her books in the first two series, which is really saying a lot because I’ve loved every book that Cassandra Clare has written so far.
Lady Midnight has many characters that we’ve met before; I think that was one of my favorite parts. I knew all these people already. I definitely didn’t love them as much as I do know, but they were familiar to me. I met them in The Mortal Instruments series during the huge battle in Idris. I also immensely enjoyed the fact that Clare brought characters from the first two series into the third. We got to see Clary and Jace from the first series, as well as Jem and Tessa from the second series. I love that she made all the characters that I loved in her other books interact with the newer characters that I just fell in love with in Lady Midnight. The Blackthorns are a chaotic bunch that you really can’t help but love, and there’s Emma Carstairs, who might as well be a Blackthorn. They’re all such relatable and funny characters that they pull at your heart until you spend your whole day off reading about them and falling more and more in love with the whole family and their craziness. I won’t go overly into detail because you need to read this book and love them too.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve read any of Cassandra Clare’s other books so I either forgot or blocked from my mind how crazy good she is at completely blowing my mind. Lady Midnight was full of insane plot twists. I love books that can genuinely surprise me with where they’re going and this book did it more than once. Clare has a habit of leading you to think that you know exactly where the storyline is going until finally everything is revealed and you were completely wrong the whole time and you’re sitting there just yelling at the book because of the whirlwind of emotions running through you, or maybe that’s just me. I tend to get overly attached to fictional characters. Cassandra Clare is very good at making extremely attached to the story she’s telling.
Last I have to mention how crazy it makes me that I have to wait an ENTIRE YEAR FOR THE NEXT BOOK. The second book in this trilogy isn’t expected to come out until April of 2017. WHY DOES SHE DO THIS TO ME?! That’s really my only complaint about The Dark Artifices Trilogy so far. I’m going to keep this review short because its past midnight and I really should be sleeping already. That and my lack of details better make you feel the desperate need to go to the book store and buy this book so that you can love it as much as I did. I would suggest the library but this is a new book so I’m not sure they’ll have it yet.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.
Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare