Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Published: March 8th 2016
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: YA Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 4.58/5
My Rating: 5/5
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?
ARE YOU FREAKING READY FOR THIS BECAUSE I JUST FINISHED THE BOOK AND ME:
HANDS DOWN. THE BEST.
HOLY FREAKING BATMAN.
When I first hear that Clare was making a spinoff series, I was excited but hesitant. Why? Because everyone kept screeching that Clare was sucking the profit from the Shadowhunter world. And honestly? I kind of agreed – “How much more can she write?”, “How can she keep this going?”. Well let me tell YOU naysayers – Clare did it and it was AMAZEBALLS.
Taking place five years after City of Heavenly Fire, we are plunged once again deep into the Shadowhunter world. This time around, we are following the Los Angeles institute’s Blackthorn family and Emma Carstairs (a descendent of Jem from the The Infernal Devices series). During CoHF we get glimpses into their lives as it was prepping us for the lives of these characters for this spinoff series and I am glad. We get to see just how each of these characters have grown up and the struggles they all faced since the Dark War. We learn that Emma Carstairs is as strong, determined, and bold as ever – determined to find out what truly happened to her parents. We see Julian, her parabatai, bearing the brunt of familial responsibility and yet remaining true to Emma. And we also get to see the younger Blackthorn siblings – albeit a little cliché in descriptions – coping with the loss of their parents and growing into themselves.
Cassandra Clare has a magnificent way with words that draws you in and KEEPS you there. This novel is a monster, spanning 720 gloriously glorious pages of non stop goodness. There was a lot of content in here that probably could have been left out but I am so glad it wasn’t. I feel like over time I’ve forgotten just how addicting Clare’s storytelling ability is, and this novel was a quick awakening that never dulled for a moment.
This novel is full of plot twists and will keep you on your toes. I rated this 5/5 stars for a reason – it was perfect. It was everything I wanted and more and I’m SO FREAKING GLAD I picked this book up. As far as I’m concerned, Clare can keep sucking this cow dry because she has just reawakened my love of the Shadowhunter world.
5/5 stars FOREVER.
I will be posting a discussion of this book next because it HAS TO HAPPEN. Once you read the book hop on over there and fangirl with me because SHIT GETS REVEALED GUYS!!! DO NOT SKIP THIS BOOK!! AND DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IF YOU HAVE NOT FINISHED TMI OR TID.