Book Review: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

LadyMidnightLady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 8, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

Pages: 720 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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.

When it comes to Shadowhunters I pretty much love anything and everything to do with this world Cassandra Clare has created. Lady Midnight dives right back into it with a large cast of characters, new locale, and more Shadowhunter mischief and mayhem. It’s no surprise that this book makes an excellent edition to the expanding canon and I have high hopes for the rest of this series.

I pretty much fell in love with the characters before The Dark Artifices even began. There introduction in City of Heavenly Fire stuck with me and this book confirmed my adoration for them.For one thing all the Blackthorns have Roman names. Kind of an easy way to win me over. Mark, the lost boy, wild, fierce, and yet fragile. Julian shouldering his families responsibilities. Livvy, Ty, Dru, and Tavvy all with such unique passions like detective stories or horror movies.

Then there’s Emma. Still persistently inquiring into the death of her parents even when the Clave has closed the case. Dripping with sarcasm and brilliant with blades. She’d do anything for Julian, her best friend and parabatai. I love the addition of Cristina to this group. Compassionate and loyal yet holding secrets of her own. Clare’s books always hold that element of family. The ones that are bound by blood and the ones people choose for themselves. It just resonates with me.

One of my favorite parts of this book was the change in setting. Clare has done London and New York for so long and now we get a taste of the west coast. I feel like there isn’t a ton of stories set in Los Angeles and it was extremely fun to explore this city on the surface and in the shadows. Having the Institute right next to the beach and ocean, the characters being able to feel the sand beneath their feet. It was just so refreshing!

It wouldn’t be a Cassandra Clare book without lots of burgeoning romance, relationships and ultimately pain and suffering. So of course this one was full to the brim with it. I won’t go into any specific detail but brace yourself for moments of hope and heart wrenching. There are plenty of characters for Clare to inflict pain on and she is not one to hold back. If it’s not clear by now, I love being traumatized by authors.

Overall Lady Midnight was another amazing piece of the Shadowhunter puzzle. With so many new and exciting characters and a warm, tropical climate, The Dark Artifices is filled with promise and plenty of unique adventures to come. The glimpses into the older generations were a nice nod and yet still fit the story. If you love this world, then I definitely recommend diving back in with Lady Midnight.

Favorite Quotes

  1. Lex malla, lex nulla. A bad law is no law.
  2. “I don’t know,” Mark said, looking down at his own long pale fingers tangled in the little boy’s brown curls. “He just – Julian left, and Tavvy fell asleep on my lap.”
    He sounded amazed, wondering.
    “Of course he did,” Cristina said. “He’s your brother. He trusts you.”
    “Nobody trusts a Hunter,” Mark said.
  3. There was beauty in the idea of freedom, but it was an illusion. Every human heart was chained by love.
  4. “In Emma’s defense, Cameron’s annoying, but he’s hot.” Julian gave her a look. “I mean, if you like guys who look like a redheaded Captain America, which I… don’t?”Captain America is definitely the most handsome Avenger,” said Christina. “But I like the Hulk. I would like to heal his broken heart.””We’re Nephilim,” said Julian. “We’re not even supposed to know about the Avengers. Besides,” he added, “Iron Man is obviously the best-looking.”
  5. She soared above the ground, and he kept her tethered to the earth. Without him she would be lost among the clouds.

So have you picked up Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare? Is it possible to pick a favorite Blackthorn sibling? How will you survive the wait for Lord of Shadows? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!

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